Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I Had A Dream and Vision
I knew I had to try my hand at gourd work. When I found some dry moldy gourds at the Ohio Gourd Show in 1998, I eagerly purchased them and came home to work on them. First a good cleaning is necessary. They spend several months drying and the mold on a gourd is part of the process when drying. Not easy or fun cleaning gourds, I promise you that! Especially if you have several big trash bags full of them, all waiting to be cleaned. Once they are clean on the outside, then they need to be opened. As you may know, when you start a new venture, you don't always have the proper tools. Hard to invest money in tools if you don't know you'll like the project long term. Opening my first gourds was primitive at best. I finally ordered a wonderful little hand held jig-saw tool that is electric! The best investment ever! My other favorite tool is the dreimal tool, playing with different burrs and learning the best way to utilize this tool is entirely up to the person using the tool. You just have to experiment. I was happy making wonderful vessels, the mess it was creating in the house was too much. I had to pick nice days and work outside when cutting open and cleaning the insides and carving with the dreimal tool. Dusty and dirty work.
One day in the early spring, my wonderful husband, Richard, decided we had to do major repairs on our barn. The rafters were sagging, the metal was leaking and the doors were hard to close. It was decided that when we made the repairs we would make a part of the barn my workshop. On the front of this work shop he decided to put a porch. It was a transformation that amazed me. My workshop was insulated, the ceiling was reinforced to allow for storage space above it and the porch was the biggest surprise! The porch was almost as big as my work shop. The porch measuring in at 15x40, my work shop 20x40! WOW! I couldn't wait for it to be finished. We also made a mouse proof room to store gourds awaiting artistic inspiration!
You surely know that men and women have different pictures inside their heads about barn spaces. I pictured a work table, storage for all my "crafting" stuff, and also a little wicker type table and two comfy chairs for company and coffee. Sitting there chatting, being surrounded in all the things I love, art, gourds, books, music and friends!