LaDeDa Gourds

. . . they go from blah to La De Da!

Karen Caldwell
2443 East Plummer Lake Lane
Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538

(715) 388-0338 | (224) 306-8599

Take Hwy47N out of Woodruff for 4.6mi, turn right onto E Boundary Trail (3.5mi) and take the second left onto E Plummer Lake Lane (0.12mi) and turn left into the first drive.

GOURDS have been cultivated for at least 11,000 years for their usefulness as sacred vessels, storage containers, musical instruments, utensils, and ornaments.

The plant family – Cucurbitacea contains three major groups:
Lagenaria – Hard-shell gourds
Cucurbita – Ornamental gourds and squashes, and
Luffa – Vegetable sponges.

Lagenaria or hard-shell gourds are the gourds that I craft and sell. These gourds have a long growing season and take 3-6 months to dry.  In the drying process, molds feed on the escaping moisture, creating the beautiful mottled effect on the gourd surface.

These gourds are handled much like wood and they are a wonderful canvas for many techniques and most media. I use wood-burning and carving for shading, images, and texture.  I use acrylic paints, pigment inks, dyes, and waxes for coloring.

Dried seeds, pods, leaves, driftwood, antlers, beads, charms, coins, and many other decorative items can be used to rim or embellish the gourd and expand on the story.

In addition to crafting gourds which I sell at shows, markets, and online, I also teach classes in gourd craft to individuals, garden clubs, and other interested groups.