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Gourd pyrography
Widess, Jim.
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Publication Information:
New York : Sterling Pub., [2002]

Physical Description:
144 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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TT873.5 .W54 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Painted with fire, pyrographed gourds have existed for years, but modern tools and solid-state woodburning systems have made fine detailing simpler than ever. "So inspiring that it will have you wishing you had sown seeds for gourds last spring....offers readers step-by-step instructions on how to create works of art."-- Cleveland Plain Dealer . "Recommended for large art instruction and craft collections."-- Library Journal.

Author Notes

Jim Widess has owned The Caning Shop in Berkeley, California, since 1970. He is co-author of The Caner's Handbook, The Complete Book of Gourd Craft, and Making Gourd Musical Instruments

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Library Journal Review

Gourd pyrography is a fancy phrase for the folk art of using heat to carve and scorch gourds. These beautiful objects are found in Nigeria, Kenya, Mali, Ghana, Senegal, China, Peru, Mexico, New Guinea, and the South Pacific. Early methods, involving fire and burning coals, have been superseded by modern tools and solid-state wood-burning systems. Here, four artists walk us through several projects using basic techniques, applying butterfly, floral, and geometric designs to pear-shaped gourds. Another project features a frog among blades of grass, surrounded by a salamander border. With pyrography pen charts, a list of supply sources, and a stunning gallery of works by 50 artists, this work-the author's third on gourd craft-is recommended for large art instruction and craft collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Pyrographyp. 5
Pyrography From Around the Worldp. 8
Chinese Style of Heat Engraving Gourdsp. 17
Wood Burners & Tipsp. 19
Gourd Prep & Work Basicsp. 21
Find the Best Gourdp. 21
Clean & Remove the Gourd's Skinp. 23
Sketch the Designp. 24
Defects, Warts & Blemishesp. 24
Clean Inside the Gourdp. 24
How One Artist Gets to Workp. 25
Burning Your Design: Safety Tips & Helpful Hintsp. 26
Pyrographic Artp. 29
Learning the Craftp. 29
A Gourd Gallery with Artists' Secretsp. 62
Gourd Jewelryp. 118
Pyrography Pens Chartp. 129
Solid-Core Pyrographic Tools & Tipsp. 137
Nichrome Wire Pyroengraving Toolsp. 139
Metric Equivalentsp. 139
Supply Sourcesp. 140
Indexp. 141