growing forum: Methods for Opening Gourds

After 13 years online, Cubits.org is scheduled to be shut down. Please make sure you have the contact information for all your friends, and that you download whatever content you want from this site.

Views: 20, Replies: 16 » Jump to the end
ImageGourd
Apr 28, 2010 11:10 AM CST
Name: Gourd
Z-7 Gourds & A Touch Of Glass Forum
This is just one of many methods. Please add other ways to open these babies up in this thread if you wouldn't mind.

Here is this Giant Gourd (64 inches in circumference)

I'm tracing around this paper plate to try and get a nice circle around and also to mark where I will be drilling holes right along on the sharpie line. You can use painter's tape to make the plate stay put, especially when you are working by yourself, this tape is like a third hand.

Thumbnail by Gourd

ImageGourd
Apr 28, 2010 11:13 AM CST
Name: Gourd
Z-7 Gourds & A Touch Of Glass Forum
Drill holes with the smallest drill bit, all around following the sharpie line, using your drill. They do make 4" drills that are small enough for small hands and light weight, so your hands don't get so tired with the bigger drills.

Thumbnail by Gourd

ImageGourd
Apr 28, 2010 11:15 AM CST
Name: Gourd
Z-7 Gourds & A Touch Of Glass Forum
Holes around are probably 1/4 inch apart if that. You can make them further apart, but it means more sawing. You will be cutting from hole to hole with a small saw.

Thumbnail by Gourd

ImageGourd
Apr 28, 2010 11:18 AM CST
Name: Gourd
Z-7 Gourds & A Touch Of Glass Forum
Here, you will use a sharp serrated knife to get into one of the holes, make it a little bigger. Just big enough to get the small saw inside it. You will be cutting from hole to hole. Kind of like that game connecting dots, well, you will use the saw to go from each hole and it will start to cut out your circle. This gourd was so big, my arm got a little tired.

Thumbnail by Gourd

ImageGourd
Apr 28, 2010 11:20 AM CST
Name: Gourd
Z-7 Gourds & A Touch Of Glass Forum
These are the hobby knives and they are sold at any hobby place. They have blades that are interchangeable, so they have many uses.

Thumbnail by Gourd

denimangle
Apr 28, 2010 5:54 PM CST
Name: Cheryl White
Butler, Texas
Thumbs up nice TUT
big gourd I tip my hat to you.
ImageGourd
Apr 28, 2010 7:39 PM CST
Name: Gourd
Z-7 Gourds & A Touch Of Glass Forum
Gourd with hole cut out Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

, I forgot to post these two photos.

Thanks Denimangle..

Thumbnail by Gourd

ImageGourd
Apr 28, 2010 7:41 PM CST
Name: Gourd
Z-7 Gourds & A Touch Of Glass Forum
Here she is being measured by DH, while I take photos, Note the thick shell.

Thumbnail by Gourd

ImageGourd
Apr 28, 2010 7:44 PM CST
Name: Gourd
Z-7 Gourds & A Touch Of Glass Forum
A closer look inside the gourd.

Thumbnail by Gourd

ImageGourd
Apr 28, 2010 7:46 PM CST
Name: Gourd
Z-7 Gourds & A Touch Of Glass Forum
These photos will show you my hand inside the gourd for size comparisons. My hand between the two ribs (there were three sections that looked like what I call ribs with seeds on them) after I took out the first section with seeds, these two sections were left.

Thumbnail by Gourd

ImageGourd
Apr 28, 2010 7:48 PM CST
Name: Gourd
Z-7 Gourds & A Touch Of Glass Forum
Last photo, I took several more, but you get the idea as to how big it was/it is.

Thumbnail by Gourd

denimangle
Apr 28, 2010 8:32 PM CST
Name: Cheryl White
Butler, Texas
That is Amazing
Imagegardener2005
May 20, 2010 3:45 PM CST
Name: Karen
Zone 8b
Gourd, I just have to say this is one of the coolest things I have ever seen! Karen
ImageGourd
May 20, 2010 5:48 PM CST
Name: Gourd
Z-7 Gourds & A Touch Of Glass Forum
Thanks guys, it is really something in there.. the word huge does not do it justice.
ImageGourd
May 20, 2010 5:50 PM CST
Name: Gourd
Z-7 Gourds & A Touch Of Glass Forum
P.S. Karen, we (Butterflycatcher, Denimangle, and myself) are going to start a small mosaic from scratch on the Touch of Glass forum, let me know if you would like to join us.. just a small project to get started.

A.
Imagegardener2005
May 20, 2010 8:20 PM CST
Name: Karen
Zone 8b
Sure, would love it. I need something to get me crafting again. This might just be the push..errr shove I need to get creative agin. LOL! Karen
ImageMoodene
May 22, 2010 12:09 PM CST
Name: Nadine
Devers, Tx Zn 9b
OOHhh..that is so cool looking inside a big gourd...
Love me like I am.

« Back to the top
« Cubits.org homepage
« All About Gourds cubit homepage
« growing forum

You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

All About Gourds

If you have never been "into" gourds here is the place to learn how to grow, harvest, clean, and decorate this wonderful and interesting vegetable of the Squash family. Just come on in and visit with us and share knowledge!!

» Home
» Forums
» Articles
» Database

Cubit owner: LaVonne

Admin team:

» Contact the admins