Some of these vendors have one or two products they specialize in, some have many diverse products. It would be difficult to keep track of all items each vendors offer, so its best to use this list as a starting point to find the materials and equipment you need.

If you’re not sure of which item is best for you, talk to other gourders, ask questions, and make an informed decision. Ask members of your local gourd patch, or check on Facebook as there are a number of groups (listed below) that are a great place to ask questions.

GOURDS, HAND TOOLS, EQUIPMENT, PAINTS & SUPPLIES

 

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GOURD PREP

  • Wood Hardener: P-C Petrifier Wood Hardener – Arizona Gourds
  • Sanding Sealer: Lowes, Home Depot, Amazon, MinWax, Deft, Mohawk

 

PAINT APPLICATORS – FIND ON AMAZON

  • Fine tip applicators – search for Disposable Eyeliner Makeup Brushes
  • Micro tip applicators – search for Disposable Micro Applicators Brush
  • Felt brushes – search for Disposable Lipstick Brush
  • Peel n Stick Ruler Tape – search for Thermoweb Peel n Stick Removable Ruler Tape

 

HAND SANDING

  • Abranet – has Velcro backing so you can attach it to hook and loop (Arizona Gourds)
  • Sanding sticks – comes in a pack of 4, each with a different grit (gourding websites)
  • Riffler files – metal, removes material, gets into tight places
  • Sanding strips – keep their edge to sand sharp edges (Arizona Gourds)
  • DeWalt hand sander – small, spongy handheld sander that will accept Abranet (Lowes)
  • Drum sanders for rotary tool – rotary tool accessories (Arizona Gourds)

 

METAL ACCENTS

 

GLUES

  • GoTo Glue (takes about 30 minutes to set)
  • Insta-Cure – Arizona Gourds
  • SuperGlue
  • The Glue Smith

APOXY SCULPT

 

GOURD STANDS

 

ONLINE AND LOCAL STORES

 

GOURD BOOKS – most can be found on Amazon – Authors to look for:

  • Marianne Barnes
  • Mickey Baskett
  • Maria Dellos
  • Catherine Devine
  • Shelley Fletcher
  • Bonnie Gibson
  • Marilynn Host
  • Lora S Irish (pyrography)      
  • David Macfarlane
  • Judy Mofield Mallow
  • Angela Mohr
  • Susan Nonn
  • Marilyn Rehm
  • Betsey Sloan  
  • Ginger Summit
  • Sue Waters
  • Jim Widess

 

ONLINE TUTORIALS

 

CLASSES

 

ARTICLES

FACEBOOK GROUPS – for sharing tips, techniques and successes

  • Gourd Art Tips and Tricks
  • Everything Gourds
  • Gourd Art
  • Gourd Friends/Artists
  • Gourd Art Talk
  • For the Love of Gourds
  • Let’s Get Gourding
  • Gourd Art Community
  • Gourd Art Marketplace – sell finished gourd art
  • Gourding Destash – people sell their old supplies, raw gourds, etc.