Making Gourd Dolls & Spirit Figures


Making Gourd Dolls & Spirit Figures

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By Jim Widess and Ginger Summit

There’s more to gourds than decorative Thanksgiving table settings. 
You’ll be up to your gourd in gourds!
Get gourd-deep in gourds. 
Gorge on Gourds.

Making Gourd Dolls and Spirit Figures honors and explains the ancient and vibrant art of crafting figures from gourds. Beginning with a fascinating lesson on the history of gourd dolls and their traditional significance in a variety of cultures around the world, authors Jim Widess and Ginger Summit embark on an educational and inspirational tour of all things gourd doll. They weigh innumerable design considerations ranging from fundamental choices like gourd shape selection (natural, deformed, or molded?) to advanced techniques for creating articulated joints, marionettes, stacked dolls, and more.

From simple “stump dolls” to complex “dancing dolls” with beaded clothing and hand-carved features, Making Gourd Dolls and Spirit Figures is jam-packed with irresistibly creative projects, each illustrated with breathtaking photo galleries.

With step-by-step instructions, full-color photographs, and testimonials from renowned artists working today, Widess and Summit leave nothing technical to the imagination. From molding gourds as they grow, to safely cleaning, scraping, drying, and decorating them. Making Gourd Dolls and Spirit Figures gives you all the tips and tools you need to realize the gourd dolls of your wildest dreams. 


ISBN: 9781626543386 (Hardcover)

ISBN: 9781635618013 (Paperback)

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