February 15, 2013

dried gourd vessel - too brittle

2013.02_gourd drying
I dried out this lumpy gourd that we got in our CSA back in October. I was hoping to use it for drinking mate, even though it is lumpy and mate gourds are usually smooth. Anyway, it was pretty brittle and cracked when I tried sawing the top off with a serrated knife. Maybe lumpy gourds are not cut out to be vessels, or I should cut it before fully dry, or maybe I just need to be more careful. We have a gooseneck gourd that I'll be trying to cut next.

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