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Monday, March 31, 2014

Out Of My Gourd

Ignore the projects.  My blue jean project, my painting project, and my sewing project should be ignored. We are looking at a dipper gourd and a bird house gourd.

Today I am removing seeds to plant and in the process making something our ancestors used.
I thought I had a saw blade for my handy Dremel but had to use what I professionally call a "bur thingy".  I drilled holes around and kept working til I opened the gourd.
You can pick the seeds out or scrape them out 
along with the white insides.  
You don't want that floating in a dipper of fresh spring water.
With the seeds removed I sanded the edges smooth, removed the pith and drilled a hole in the handle. 
With a cord through the drilled hole it is ready to hang by the spring for a handy way to "dip" and drink fresh spring water.

21 comments:

Saucy Kodz said...

This is really cool. The handy, make do things our ancestors used that we can still make and use today. Knowledge passed on - and you are passing it on to, eh :) Hi to everyone, hugz to Marcy, and I love your "dipper".

Sandra said...

there were a lot of these in KY in the 50's. almost every home had several.. can't wait to see the bird house project..do you grow these in the ground or in pots/buckets? how long does it take to make a gourd?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

How clever! You made a giant spoon. Around here, those usually end up as bird houses.

Grace said...

I didn't know that ~ Such a handy way to scoop water or taste fresh spring water ~

Farm Girl said...

Lovely drinking gourd. I hope to get some of those as I have planted so many seeds. The only way to drill gourds is with a Dremel. I used a knife once and about cut off my leg.
I think that is an great idea to have out to drink water from but I like it hanging in your house.

Sketching with Dogs said...

Wow, that is so cool!
Lynne x

TexWisGirl said...

nicely done!

Linda Wildenstein said...

I love what you did. We have grown the small roundish gourds in the past and you are so right about drilling them out. Those little critters have very hard to get through rinds once they are dried. When green my turtles love to eat them.

Brian Miller said...

that is so cool...so you will actually use it? i would.

Kathryn said...

This is fantastic Gail, I love Guords and this is a great and functional creation.

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

This is a wonderful post! I think it is one of my favourites of yours, honestly. Beautifully done, and a beautiful creation.

gld said...

This one brings back memories. We used to live in a log cabin on a spring-fed creek. We kept things cooled by sinking in the cold water and, of course,drank it.

Michaele said...

I am sure any water would taste better this way. Love what you did with it.

Mama Zen said...

That is so cool!

Susan Kane said...

Wow! What a gourd! That took some effort to get through that tough hide.

What kinds of seeds did you use?

Ginny said...

What a lot of work you did. But it looks like something that would sell for quite a bit of money at a specialized shop.

Lynne said...

I have seen a few things made from gourds . . . this is cool and something perfect to dip for spring water. You might be able to make more things and sell them???

Far Side of Fifty said...

perfect!! Just perfect! :)

Dar said...

I need to grow these Dipper Gourds. I have a question...can they freeze over winter and still be used? or not? just thinking out loud~

DesertHen said...

How cool is that! Love it! Gourds are so neat to work with! I have a cousin that does craft work with them and the stuff she comes up with always amazes me!

Sue said...

Super neat.

=)

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