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.

Up to Our Elbows in Gourds

So many gourds are in progress! The new prototype bird feeder comes in a 2-door or 4-door option. Most of them are drilled, cut and decorated; they still need to be cleaned on the inside, stained and varnished. I’m searching for the right type of wire to use for hanging.

There are 2 long-handled dipper gourds marked and ready to cut into ladles. These beauties are about 2-3 feet long.

Still in the works are a few large apple gourds that I plain to dye red and add a “leaf” cut out from another gourd. If there is time, I want to work on some mini-egg gourds and a few mini gourds shaped like cute little pumpkins.

I’ve made some gorgeous necklaces from glass trade beads, chevrons and old silver. There is one, a green watermelon bead strand mixed with pink and pewter, that is too pretty to give up. I may have to keep that one for myself.

That’s all for now! Keep those fingers and toes crossed for dry Feast weather.

What to Drink

Flask photoI’ve been thinking about what historically appropriate liquor I should carry in my flask this year. I was thinking that a rye or corn whiskey would be what an English merchant in this time frame and place would favor, but a conversation at lunch today brought forth the idea of a New England dark rum. Brandy or sherry are also possibilities.

What do you think I should sip this year?