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Below is a list of some fine gourd crafting and related books available for purchase.  Here you will find great books for learning about growing, crafting, and enjoying gourds, as well as pattern ideas and inspirations. 

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A gourd crafting book by Bonnie Gibson, published by Sterling Publishing
     "Gourds: Southwest Gourd Techniques & Projects
                       from Simple to Sophisticated"

Publisher's Summary:
Gourds make the perfect three-dimensional canvas. With their varied sizes and shapes, they’re nature’s gift to the crafter, who can use a multitude of techniques to transform them into breathtaking pieces. Cut them, carve them, paint them, inlay them with stone, or embellish them with leather, fur, feathers, and botanicals: the magnificent possibilities are all featured in this splendid guide, which covers all the gourd crafting basics. Find out how to choose the right gourd (or grow your own); what safety procedures to follow; how to clean, cut, and smooth the gourd; and which tools and decorative materials to use. The projects range from a native rattle and gourd mask to a faux basketry vessel and nested vases and bowls.

NOTE:  This book is now out of print, but I still have copies for sale!

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This book features gourds from 25 top gourd artisans, fully illustrated with step by step information about their techniques and a project.

(See the gourd I prepared for my chapter in the book here.)

Included Artists:
Jennifer Avery, Latana Bernier, Rosalind Bonsett, Carla Bratt, Barbara Carpenter, Jenni Christiansen, Lisa Conner, Emily Dillard, Debora Easley, Bonnie Gibson, Geri Gittings, Gourd Artist's Guild, Barbara Holman, Cindy Lee, Melynda Lotven, Anne McGillivray, Jan Meng, Mira Mickler Moss, LInda & Opie O'Brien, Dyan Mai Peterson, Colleen Platt, and Kitty Riordan. Foreward by Dave Sisk.
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The Complete Book of Gourd Craft
Gourds in your Garden
The Decorated Gourd
The Weekend Crafter: Gourd Crafts
Quick and Easy Gourd Crafts
Gourd Crafts for the First Time
Glorious Gourd Decorating
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Technique Books

Pattern & Design

Decorative Painting - Designs and Techniques
Decorative Painting - Techniques and Pattern Books
Wildlife Designs
by Sue Walters
A new pyrography design book from a master of the art - Sue Walters.

Versatility is the main attraction of this manual that offers 30 handsome wildlife illustrations and 10 border designs suitable for transfer. Information is included about techniques for transferring both line and tonal patterns, illustrations are marked to show how to isolate parts of the design to use in conjunction with other images or alone, and the use of computers and copiers to modify patterns is also discussed. Although created for pyrography projects, the patterns are suitable for engraving, lino cuts, quilting, relief carving, stained glass, stencils, and tole painting—with color photos of finished pieces in all of the formats gathered in a gallery at the end of the book.

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Gourd Puppets & Dolls: A Do-it-Yourself Book for Crafters
Historic Gourd Craft: How to Make Historical Vessels
Gourd Art Basics:
The Complete Guide to Cleaning, Preparation and Repair
Making Gourd Headpieces
Gourd Crafts:
6 Projects and Patterns
*Note: "Beyond the Basics" has been re-released in a paperback edition.  This book has the same content as the hardback edition, but does have a new cover.
Coiled Designs for Gourd Art
Gourd Art with Ink Dyes
A Guide to Chip Carving Gourds

Chip Carving Gourds - Advanced Techniques
Inlace Techniques

Weaving on Gourds
Antler Art for Baskets and Gourds

Apples to Apples
The top three books are available as a pre-release, they are scheduled for release this fall.  Order now and get a special discounted pre-release price.