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March Gourd Mad‍‍‍ness

March 23-24 in Clanton, AL

Leah Reed - Hooting Owl Mod Making

‍‍‍Friday March 23, 12pm - 5pm - Co‍‍‍st $45

Max Number of Students - 12      Minimum - 2      Skill Level - All
Participants will learn to make inexpensive silicone molds using home based products, in addition to making wire feet.  Students will be making one owl. Pending how fast the group moves along with their mold and feet, they may not have time to finish painting their owl. IMPORTANT NOTE; One of the products has a strong smell.  Each student will go home with a mold to make more hooting owls. Students need to bring Latex or similar Gloves, Needle Nose Pliers, Ruler, and Paint Brushes. Instructor will furnish all the materials including the gourd to make one owl.

Sheryl Scott‍ - Tom Turkey

Friday March 23, 12pm - 5pm - Cost $45

Max Number of Students - 12      Minimum - 2      Skill Level - All
We will use an orange ball and a round ball gourd and turn it into a turkey using Quikwood and other embellishments. Finished height is 8” to 9” tall. Students need to bring Paint Brushes, Water Basin, Apron, Paint Dryer. Instructor will furnish Gourds, Quikwood, Paint and the base.

Sheryl Scott‍ - Beary Bee

‍‍‍Saturday Ma‍‍‍rch 23, 9am - 1pm - Cost $45

Max Number of Students - 12      Minimum - 2      Skill Level - All
Using a large Chinese bottle gourd and Quikwood we will turn this into a very happy Beary Bee.   The finished size will be 7”to 10”tall. Students need to bring Paint Brushes, Water Basin, Apron, and Paint Dryer. Instructor will furnish Gourds, Quickwood, Paint, Wire for wings, Fabric for scarf & bow, and Flowers.                      

Sheryl Scott‍ - Happy Hound Puppy

‍‍‍‍‍‍Saturday March 23, 1p‍‍‍m - 5p‍‍‍m - Cost $45

Max Number of Students - 12      Minimum - 2      Skill Level - All
Using a round ball gourd and Quikwood we will create a happy little hound dog.  The finishe‍‍‍d size will be 3”to 4”tall. Students need to bring Paint Brushes, Water Basin, Apron, and Paint Dryer. Instructor will Provide Gourds, Quikwood, Paint, and Fabric for bows.            

Join us for the 2018 March Gourd Madness & Traditional Arts ‍‍‍at the Jeff State Campus in Clanton, Alabama.
Activities include Classes, Demonstrations, Raw Gourds, Suppliers, and Finished Art Work.


Classes will be added as we receive them from the instructors. Classes will be listed by January 1, 2018

To sign up for classes & additional information,
contact Mark Gothard at gothargourdgarden@gmail.com or 205-245-9441


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Betse‍‍‍y Sloan‍‍‍ - Vinegar Graining

‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍Friday March 23, 12pm - 5pm - Cost $3‍‍‍5

Max Number of Students - 14      Minimum - 6      Skill Level - All
Learn ‍‍‍how to use those old, discolored gourds that are just sitting around.  We will cover the gourd with a special mixture of paint and vinegar and then “grain” the paint using various tools.  Finally we will add a coconut coir rim and a dried Hedge Apple as an accent.  Spray finish available if weather permits. Students need to bring; any old gourd, preferable 6 to 8 inches in diameter, cut open and cleaned. Make sure the outside is clean too. Apron, any item - tooth brush or old comb for grainingInstructor will furnish; Tutorial with photos, paint & vinegar, bowls, sponge brushes, disposable gloves, coconut coir & waxed linen with a needle, Hedge apple slice, heat guns.

‍‍‍Betsey Sloan‍‍‍ - InLace For Beginners

Saturday March 23, 9am - 12:30pm - Cost $5‍‍‍5

Max Number of Students - 12      Minimum - 6      Skill Level - All
InLace, a resin inlay material takes 24 hours to harden.  Therefore, previous classes have been spread over 2 days.  In this newly revised class students will leave with their project slightly “wet “and will then sand/polish the inlay later.  Here is what the students will learn.  First, they‍‍‍ wood burn a design.  Then carve out the areas to accept the inlay resin.  There will be a choice of colors and additives.  Finally, using a hardened sample provided by the instructor, students will learn how to grind, polish and buff the InLace.  They will leave with the tools and compounds to finish the job. Students need to bring;  Wood burner and favorite tip, Carver with small ball burr, facemask, safety glasses.  Bringing a box to hold your take away gourd would be helpful.  Figure 8”x 10”.Instructor will furnish;  Unopened gourd, Tutorial with photo and design, all InLace materials, mandrel and sanding drums, felt buffing wheel, buffing and polishing compounds, sample of hardened InLace, disposable gloves                          

‍‍‍Betsey Sloan‍‍‍‍‍‍ - ‍‍‍Faux Stained Glass Dragonfly‍‍‍

‍‍‍Saturday March ‍‍‍23, 1p‍‍‍m - 5‍‍‍pm - Cost $45

Max # of Students - 12    Minimum - 2     Skill Level - All, Know how to woodburn
In this class students will learn to use a Crystal 3-D liquid to get the appearance of sta‍‍‍ined glass in their design.  We will first wood burn the dragon fly image, stain the gourd with alcohol inks, then paint using a variety of acrylic colors.  We add an adhesive backed (real) lead to section out the wings.  The body is created with Quikwood.  Then we float on the liquid by section.  Final spray is available based on the weather.Students need to bring;  Wood Burner and favorite tip, a pair of small, sharp scissors, paint brushesInstructor will Provide;  Tutorial with photo, pattern, unopened gourd, transfer paper, extra brushes, disposable gloves, 3-D liquid, lead strips, alcohol inks, acrylic paints, spray finish, misc. supplies. NOTE; This is real lead.  You will be cautioned to keep hands away from face while using.