Gourd update part 2: Curing, cleaning & crafting
Part 2 Gourd update
It’s now four months to the day since I harvested my
gourds, during which time, 8 have cured and are ready to be
cleaned and prepared for crafting.
You can see the mold is like a velvet jacket and it was impossible to move the gourd without it sending clouds of spores into the air. I would advise wearing a mask at this stage as the spores can be a serious irritant.
The gourds are very light weight now and the seeds inside are loose and rattle about when you move them. This first batch of bottle gourds (sometimes called birdhouse gourds) lend themselves well to be turned into nest boxes, so that is what I will do with some of them.
I use a hole saw to make the bird entrance and a drill to
make holes in the neck of the gourd so I can thread some wire or rope through
to hang the bird house when it’s finished. I have used M27 stainless steel
washers to reinforce the bird entrance and M5 washers to reinforce the holes in
the neck. After the holes are drilled then I start to clean the interior of the gourd. This can be a bit tricky given
the fact that the hole is only 27mm wide, so I use a variety of tools from
lengths of wire to bottle brushes. I use various dyes, ink and stains to achieve different looks, but on this occasion I have used different colours of indian ink and sealed it with clear varnish.
THE END RESULT