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Making Gourd Dolls & Spirit Figures Hardcover – July 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; 1ST edition (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402732201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402732201
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #841,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I would recommend this book as a GREAT addition to your collection.
Brenda Staley
Great book, full of wonderful and inspiring pictures... Could have included a little more "how to" instructions.
pm98266ret
A wonderful idea book full of beautiful pictures of many different ways to use gourds for decoration.
Dona M. Nelson

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Gatz on October 13, 2007
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As a gourd artist, I wasn't able to find much information on creating figural pieces with gourds when I first began. Ginger and Jim have done an incredible job of compiling work from a variety of artists with different styles.

There is a great history on dolls in different cultures in the beginning of the book that I found fascinating. Different techniques for creating figures are shown in many styles as well as mediums. Probably the very best thing about this book is the abundance of pictures throughout. It will give you great inspiration to come up with your own creations!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Salomon on July 8, 2007
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Far exceeded my expectations! Full of ideas from the best in gourd art. Couldn't put it down after I rec'd it. This book will probably be the most treasured of all of my gourd art books.
I too prepaid- Well worth the wait.
A must for any gourd artist.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Quirky on August 6, 2007
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This book is a beautiful publication. It has concise, simple instructions to projects plus many wonderful examples of artists' work with comments from the artists. It shows the many things one can do with gourds. It's a must-have for your gourd library.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carole Larson on July 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am a doll maker who has not worked much with gourds, but I am inspired to do so now!
I am especially fond of the whimsical and archetypal characters
Thank you for your contributions to the art world!
Carole Henning Larson
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By embrlady on October 9, 2009
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This is a really great book for inspiration in creating your own gourd dolls and spirit figures. Artists are creating the most incredible art works with gourds and it's wonderful to see the many ways they can be fashioned. There are a few tips for techniques, but I would have liked additional information for some of the other techniques to create these wonderful objects, such as other products used.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margaret L. Sullivan on July 17, 2007
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As usual, Ginger Summit and Jim Widess have outdone themselves!! This book is a great one for the beginning gourder or the experienced.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bruderd on January 4, 2013
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There is a wealth of information in this book on how to construct gourd dolls of all types from all cultures. I love the fact it is a hard covered book and that it has a gallery of works and links to artists so you can check out all of their works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OneMtnGirl on September 10, 2011
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This is an exceptional book with perfect pictures of the projects within. I grow gourds every year to make hand painted birdhouses out of and when I saw this book (I checked it out from the library first) I thought to myself "Wow, you really need to get busy you've got alot of crafting to do with those gourds!" It is an awesome book and I am happy that I added it to my library of books. The price is good, too.

Gourds are easy to grow. In fact if you don't keep an eye on them they will take over more than the space you arranged for them in your yard and there are many volunteer gourds just waiting in every seed that is inside each and every gourd. If you like a certain gourd from your crop, dry those seeds and plant them the following year and you will have a whole vine of those gourds with that years crop and the seeds seem to last forever. My husband was cleaning the seeds out of one last year and he must have dropped a few on the ground because this year we had volunteer gourd vines all over by the trash can out back. They are definitely prolific.
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