I have made so many gourds with leaf designs that I wouldn't be able to count and alas I did not keep good records nor did I take photos, so I'll never know. But I do remember one of the very first "leaf gourds" I made was a pitcher with maple leaves. There was a thick skin on the gourd after it had dried and scrubbing it off was impossible -- never had a gourd as tough as that one. So I decided to take a small sander and sand away maple leaf designs. One of my family's dear friends fell in love with the piece right away and has had it in her cottage window since.
But some gourds I did take photos of include:
Another one of the ever popular leaf pitchers. This time I carved several different species of oaks including red, black, and white oak leaves.
After distressing the gourd with a bit of sanding I colored the whole pitcher with green and blue dye. I dyed faint silhouettes of maple leaves helter-skelter.
© 2013 Bernadette Fox