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Great Gourd Crafting books

Bonnie Gibson "ArizonaGourds"
The list author says: "I recently asked several gourd crafters to list their favorite books. I have edited the list to show them in the order that I felt was most useful from top to bottom. Want more info on gourd art? Please visit my site at www.ArizonaGourds.com"
The Complete Book Of Gourd Craft: 22 Projects * 55 Decorative Techniques * 300 Inspirational Designs
The Complete Book Of Gourd Craft: 22 Projects * 55 Decorative Techniques * 300 Inspirational Designs
"Great for beginner and expert alike.  The first really great book published on the subject is still as fresh as the day it was released."
Gourds with Southwestern Motifs: Rainsticks, Masks, Vessels & More
Gourds with Southwestern Motifs: Rainsticks, Masks, Vessels & More
"OK, I'm prejudiced here since this is one I wrote - but if you read the reviews you will find it has a top rating so others also think it's a top buy."
Beyond the Basics: Gourd Art (Beyond the Basics (Sterling Publishing))
Beyond the Basics: Gourd Art (Beyond the Basics (Sterling Publishing))
"This book is part "coffee table" quality but also has instructional information from some top gourd artists. Well illustrated with lots of photographs."
Gourd Crafts: 20 Great Projects to Dye, Paint, Cut, Carve, Bead and Woodburn in a Weekend (The Weekend Crafter)
Gourd Crafts: 20 Great Projects to Dye, Paint, Cut, Carve, Bead and Woodburn in a Weekend (The Weekend Crafter)
"Great gourd book for a beginner, well written and interesting."
Gourds + Fiber: Embellishing Gourds with Basketry, Weaving, Stitching, Macramé & More
Gourds + Fiber: Embellishing Gourds with Basketry, Weaving, Stitching, Macramé & More
"This one won't be released until next April, but anything written by Jim Widess and Ginger Summit is sure to be a winner.  They have co-authored several great gourd crafting books."
Coiled Designs for Gourd Art
Coiled Designs for Gourd Art
"Well done book on a specific topic - closed coil weaving on gourds.  The instructions are well written and photos make it easy to follow."
Pyrography Workbook: A Complete Guide to the Art of Woodburning
Pyrography Workbook: A Complete Guide to the Art of Woodburning
"Sue Walters is one of the premier pyrographers and her books are equally as well done.  Great reference book as well as showing how-to's."
Wildlife Carving in Relief, Second Edition Revised and Expanded: Carving Techniques and Patterns
Wildlife Carving in Relief, Second Edition Revised and Expanded: Carving Techniques and Patterns
"You can't go wrong with any of Lora Irish's books.  They are all great, but this one is my personal favorite.  It is written for wood carvers, but the theory and methods are the same for gourds."
Complete Book of Gourd Carving
Complete Book of Gourd Carving
"This book has lots of photo examples from many top artists, but limited amounts of actual instructions on how the techniques were done.  Still, a good one for your library just to see the great photos and art."
Making Gourd Musical Instruments: Over 60 String, Wind & Percussion Instruments & How to Play Them
Making Gourd Musical Instruments: Over 60 String, Wind & Percussion Instruments & How to Play Them
"This is a great book if you are interested in making drums or any other type of ethnic instrument that uses gourds.  This book has lots of great photos but also has more instructions than some of Widess/Summit's later books."
Pine Needle Basketry: From Forest Floor to Finished Project
Pine Needle Basketry: From Forest Floor to Finished Project
"Not a gourd book; but a wonderful book that gourd crafters love.  Lots of technique and materials info make this a book that stays in my library."
Weaving on Gourds
Weaving on Gourds
"Another book that deals with a specific technique - this one is primarily about weaving with reed on top of gourds.  Lots of photos guide you along the way.  Perfect for beginning weavers."
Making Gourd Dolls & Spirit Figures
Making Gourd Dolls & Spirit Figures
"This book is the best source for information on gourd dolls and figures.  There are some basic instructions, but the emphasis is on showing the wide variety of finished art pieces."
Antler Art for Baskets and Gourds
Antler Art for Baskets and Gourds
"Scheduled for release in late 2010, this book addresses a topic that interests many gourd crafters and weavers.  Lots of superb artists contributed photos for this book, so it's sure to be a winner."
The Decorated Gourd: Beautiful Projects & New Techniques
The Decorated Gourd: Beautiful Projects & New Techniques
"Good book for a beginner. Uses very basic materials and designs, also incorporates scrapbooking/decoupage techniques and materials."
Gourds in Your Garden: A Guidebook for the Home Gardener
Gourds in Your Garden: A Guidebook for the Home Gardener
"Good book if you want info on growing your own gourds. Well written and illustrated."
New Gourd Art with Ink Dyes (Design Originals)
New Gourd Art with Ink Dyes (Design Originals)
"Popular book with people that want to use stamper's ink dyes to color their gourd art.  Some art projects included, also includes tips and techniques. Heavy on product endorsement."
Inlace Techniques: Resin Inlay for Gourd and Wood Crafts
Inlace Techniques: Resin Inlay for Gourd and Wood Crafts
"This book deals with a very specific technique and product - it is based on using "Inlace" brand resin and related products.  Information is included on how to inlay the resin and how to grind it down when it is cured."
A Guide to Chip-Carving Gourds
A Guide to Chip-Carving Gourds
"Wonderful geometric chip carving designs from Marilyn Rehm, the acknowledged expert in this technique.  Instructions and patterns are included."
New and Different Materials for Weaving and Coiling
New and Different Materials for Weaving and Coiling
"New offering from Marianne Barnes.  Look for my review in the July 2012 issue of the Arizona Gourds Newsletter."