David Welsh began woodburning many years ago, and, after growing some gourds in his back yard, he wondered whether he could woodburn on them. He visited a craft show, where he saw other work with gourds and got some ideas for his own take on the technique.
We asked David to describe his technique. “I buy my gourds from a local Amish farmer. They are cleaned and the insides are stained and sealed. Then I woodburn the designs, mostly leaves, on the surface of the gourd. I use a transparent stain to color them, so the texture of the gourd shows through. Some of my gourds are cut and shaped with grape vine handles attached to form pitchers and kettles. The leaf designs are my favorite because I love the outdoors. My golden retriever Casey helps with finding the leaves and grape vines.” David’s leaf designs and gourd pieces with handles are different from the traditional gourd crafts.
David tells us, “My art has become a way for me to include my grandchildren and family in my craft. My kids help with shows and my grandchildren like to help with painting some of the simpler designs.” We enjoy hearing how our members share their love of fine craft with others, especially the youngest among us. Lucky grandkids!
David will be here, with over fifty other fine artisans, so mark your calendar today!