Countdown to The Feast of the Strawberry Moon

June 13-14 in Grand Haven, Michigan. One month to go! Actually, we have less than a month, as we are taking 10 days out to visit family in Texas.  There are a few pieces  to finish up, lots of tagging and packing to do.

Celtic Knot Gourd

This simple knotwork design has a big impact. Woodburned on a light colored gourd with a waxed finish.

many gourds, one dog

Tagging a selection of gourds with lids. Nelson the dog in the background.

gourds on a rack
Ornament gourds, wood burned and waxed on a new display rack.
Unfinished gourd
Work in progress.  I could use a few more antlers!


fish design on gourd
Three fishes swimming in a Celtic sea

Sneak Preview

Here are a few pictures of my latest gourd projects.

gourd pail

This primitive gourd pail has a cheesecloth lining and a rusty wire bail.

gourd with cross design
This intact gourd has been cleaned and woodburned (pyrography) with a Celtic Cross design, waxed finish.
yet another gourd
Antler bowl with coiled rim and woodburned wolf print in the antler.
gourd with celtic fox design
Intact gourd with Celtic Fox and knotwork.
Gourd bowl with Colonial style bird and vine next to a gourd birdhouse.
do you really care?
Gourd container with a lid and buckeye knob. Woodburned with a Celtic braid design.

I hope you enjoyed this sneak peak for the upcoming season!  More new work in the next post.

After the Big Move: Gearing up for 2015

Traverse City House
Traverse City House

Having moved to the cold, but beautiful bay town of Traverse City in Northwestern Michigan, we are excited for the 2015 Reenactment Season. This year we will be attending The Feast of the Strawberry Moon in Grand Haven, Michigan; The Feast of the Hunter’s Moon in West Lafayette, Indiana; and  The Kohkohmah and Foster Encampment in Kokomo, Indiana.

Big changes all around, including a new house and remodeling the cargo trailer to make loading and set-up easier on these old bones.

Trailer remodel
Trailer remodel

Room for all our 1700’s camping gear and 16 gourd bins.  Fortunately, the gourd bins are lightweight,  as the  camping gear is pretty heavy. We added pull down camper steps to the small door up front and a folding ramp for the back end.  These are going to make a huge difference. We sold our old canvas tent and purchased a smaller wall tent with an awning.  Sturdy new ridge poles are finished and Dan is working on building a second period-correct knock-down bed to sleep in at the events. This new bed will be much easier to assemble.


I painted a new sign for our tent, but it needed something more….

A Gourd Vine!

A gourd vine!