JUDGING DRY MANIPULATED GOURDS
AGS National Guidelines
are the guidelines that the Jim Story Committee has developed for use by
judges when examining entries in dried manipulated gourd and/or the Jim
Story categories. These guidelines are optional for state/chapter competition
but for consistency (state and national) Jim Story Judges, AGS Judges,
and Show Chairpersons are encouraged to apply this point system.
Questions arising from reading these guidelines should be directed to the
Jim Story Committee Chairperson.
SYSTEM FOR JUDGING
have discretion in determining whether or not a gourd is considered perfect
and to apportion points within each criterion according to their best professional
judgment. Within each category, a “perfect” gourd could be
awarded the maximum number of points. A lesser number of points reflects
the degree to which the gourd did not meet the criteria for awarding the
maximum number despite being a good entry (perfection in nature is
Innovation, Uniqueness & Originality
Degree of Difficulty& Skill level
1. Cleanliness: “Made
clean.” All visible exterior skin and dirt should be removed from the gourd
from the tip of the stem (if present) to the blossom end; including the
surface of tight knots, spirals, coils, curves and bends. You should not
be able to see any skin or dirt remaining on the gourd.
Cultural Perfection: “Free of blemishes or damage.”
Manipulation: “To manage or control artfully.”
Innovation/Uniqueness/Originality: When all else is equal the most
unique manipulation should score higher.
Degree of Difficulty/Skill level: A successfully completed difficult
manipulation will score higher than an easier manipulation. For example,
a double knot would score higher than an overhand single knot. Judges have
the discretion to apportion points among all criteria See Degree of Difficulty
Guidelines below for additional information
Green Cleaning Scraping the outer skin off the gourd while it was still
green is intentionally separate from cleanliness. Jim Story green-cleaned
most of his gourds -- but that is difficult to do without the risk of the
gourd drying too fast, shrinking and cracking. BE CAREFUL! (But
Jim would want you to try).
DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY
Molds or Other Devices:
These may be purchased or
individually crafted by applicant.
A homemade mold is more difficult
and more unique than one which has been purchased.
If it does not enhance the appearance
of the gourd, leaving a manipulation device on the gourd chould result
in fewer points being awarded.
Number and tightness of coils:
How many times was the gourd wrapped around a pole or other device?
The more wraps the higher the
degree of difficulty.
A tight coil (coils touching
or close together) is more difficult than a loose coil.
An overhand single knot is the
least difficult to tie. Two wraps (go around the neck twice brfore tying
the knot) is more difficult than wrapping it once. A figure-eight knot
is more difficult than an overhand single knot.
A square knot is more
difficult than an overhand knot or a figure-eight knot.
Two knots in one gourd are more
difficult than any single knot.
Two knots straightened out (one
above the other in the neck) is more difficult than two knots that are
in the neck but not positioned one above the other.
Three knots would probably be
a world record.
Involves scratching the surface
of a growing gourd deep enough to cause scarring that forms a pattern still
visible after the gourd has dried and the skin removed.
The finished gourd should be
attractive with attention paid to the execution.
Could include twisting with
a rope, stocking or other device.