Just what can I do with a plethora of gourds? There are just so many dippers that a man can need for dipping a cool drink from the branch. Dipping chicken feed? Every year for the last three we have grown several different variety of gourds. Dipper last year. Luffa, birdhouse and bushel in the last few years.

The portion removed for dippers makes a great spoon rest and a fantastic rib for shaping on a potters wheel. They are also very handy for scrapping the crap off the outside of the gourds.

I tried cutting off the top of the stem and removing all the meat and seeds with a variety of wire hooks and scrapers that I concocted as another hurdle presented itself. Cleaning the gourd first, I found was easier than cutting and gutting a dirty gourd. They look a whole lot better when they are scrubbed up too. The mold spots don’t bother me much but I would think that a cleaner gourd would be a bit more appealing for use. Gourds clean easily with warm water and a small amount of dish soap, which helps to soften the outer layer of skin.

The stems are not sturdy enough to hold the bottle when they are full. I took a heavy gauge copper wire and wrapped it around a piece of re-bar to simulate the look of a stem. A small hole drilled where the stem was accommodated the wire. I bent the inserted end over to help keep the wire held in place and topped it with hot glue on the inside.

A cork is then glued into the top.

After a night of holding water there was a small amount of residual pulp but the water was fine. The gourds do get soft holding water over night. It is definitely not a long term storage solution but would be cool for a novel way to carry your wine to the river.



  1. Ed said,

    April 26, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    We raise gourds every other year for a couple up in Wisconsin. They take them and using a woodburner, etch designs in them. They also pierce them and hem cord on edges and hang shells and other things on them. They sell them out of their shop for upwards of a $100 a pop. I should take a picture of a couple of them down at my parents farm the next time I'm down there to give you some ideas.

  2. Woody said,

    April 26, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    Thanks Ed..I was looking at some fantastic work that is being done carving and using a woodburner posted on YouTube. There are some very talented people making the ordinary into something wonderful.

  3. Robin said,

    April 28, 2010 at 2:15 AM

    That is SOOOOOO very cool. I have never grown any gourds before but now I'm getting the itch too.

  4. Woody said,

    April 28, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Robin…If you have a little extra space they are very easy to grow. Some of the dippers were closer to the ground and their necks are bent which got me thinking that I could get some really cool shapes through manipulation.

  5. April 29, 2010 at 10:59 PM

    What a fabulous idea for the river, and you could even discard your wine skin when you were done!

  6. polly's path said,

    May 19, 2010 at 7:39 AM

    we have a bunch of gourds planted. In our neck of the woods they are mostly used for martin houses, but I love them as scoopers. I also have a friend who makes art out of gourds-she carves, burns, paints, and decorates them. There is a guy in our area, a county over, called Sam X, Gourd Master. If you have a second to google him, you would be amazed at the gourd art that guy turns out. I think some have been displayed in the White House maybe?

  7. Woody said,

    May 19, 2010 at 11:57 PM

    Ozark…I would rather see a gourd bobbing down the river than some douche bags empty beer can.Polly..Cool stuff Polly

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