Alpha II Chapter of the American Gourd Society

  Upcoming Events
  About Us

We are a fun group that looks for ways to promote the history, growing and crafting of gourds; we will provide informational and educational services to our members, support the sharing of ideas, and enjoy the fellowship with our members.

Current Officers as of 1/1/2017
President: Terry Noxel (
Treasurer: Raylene Ludgate (
Secretary: Georgia Rennie (
Directors: Graham Ottoson, Leanna Donald, Julie Mooney & Joanne Nichols

Messages:(1)  To become a member or renew your membership please download the form below, (2) Congratulations to Graham and Otto Ottoson the winners of the 2016 AGS Jim Story Award for manipulated gourds.

Upcoming Events
Pyrography with Susan Zanella - Instructor & Owner of Gourd Market, Baldwin, MD

March 11, 2017 10 am to 4 pm - Town of Chenango Town Hall, 1529 Upper Front Street (Route 12), Binghamton NY 13901
 **choice of 4 designs** See below
 Cost $30 for members ($35 for guests/nonmembers)

  • Optional: Add a stone chip rim ($3/strand of stone chips; typically need 2 or 3 strands for average gourd)
  • Teacher will supply the gourd, tutorials, patterns, transfer paper, pens, pencils, wipes, scissors and miscellaneous items
  • Student need a variable temp wood burner and a face mask (*if you need to borrow a wood burner please let us know and we'll reserve one for you)
  • Trouble deciding which design you want to make? The instructor will have additional copies of these patterns for sale, as well as strands of stone chips and probably other gourd crafting supplies.
  • RSVP
  • Because the class size maximum is 15, we would like you to pre-pay so your spot is secured.
  • You can first send an email to me or our secretary at nysgourdsociety@gmail, but most importantly you should send a check $30, payable to NYSGS, to our treasurer. You are not confirmed for the class until your check has been rec'd (and the class could fill if you wait too long)
  • Mail your check (and membership renewal) to Raylene Ludgate, 223 Canaan Rd., Brooktondale, NY 14817

  • 2017 Calendar Overview (details to follow)
    April 22: Thumb Piano (Graham Ottoson) Gourdlandia/Ithaca
     May 20: Fretwork (Terry Noxel)  location TBD
     June - PA Fest, Lebanon PA
     July 15: Prep work for Gourdmania event (Raylene Ludgate) Cornell Botanic Garden, Ithaca
     August 19: Woven Rim (Suzi Nonn) Windsor
     September 16: Gourdmania (all of us) Cornell Botanic Garden, Ithaca
    October TBD: Rainstick (Terry Noxel) Gourdlandia/Ithaca
     November 11: Open Meeting (Bring work in progress to finish or get help) Syracuse
     December 9: Wreath and Snowman gourd ornament (Raylene Ludgate & Leanna Donald) Brooktondale
      News and Past Events
    About Us
    The New York State Gourd Society (NYSGS) was established on February 19, 2011 at the NYS Gourd Gathering held at EcoVillage in Ithaca. Terry Noxel had worked up a Constitution and By-Laws in accordance with those of other state gourd societies. Together with Graham Ottoson and Pete Luellen the NYS Gourd Gathering was planned and held.

    The NYGS is a young organization of people who love gourds and everything about them. We have a group site on Yahoo and offer gourding help in any way we can. 

    Membership Dues are $12 per calendar year. (Pro-rated the year you join)

    Memberships are renewed in January of subsequent years

    Membership application form

    Constitution & 
     link to PDF


    The NYSGS Board wants to encourage the formation of gourd patches across NYS with the purpose of working on gourd projects, sharing ideas and techniques. The folks in central NY have formed The Pepo's Republic od NY and encourage you to contact Terry at if you want information on this patch. We hope that others will also want to gather a small group of their gourd friends for monthly (more or less) get-togethers. Your friends do not have to be members of NYSGS or AGS to join your patch, but information on how to join should be offered. No officers or dues are necessary, and you set your own plans, meeting dates & time, etc.

    Suggestions for getting a NYSGS Patch started in your area can be found at this link:

    Your Patch can be listed here Contact Terry with your information (

    Member Sites
    Graham Ottoson --
  • Gourd Safety Fact Sheet 
  • How to Clean a Gourd Fact Sheet 
  • Gourd Growing Fact Sheet

  • Suggested Books
  •   Gourds in Your Garden (Summit) 
  •   Gourd Fun for Everyone (Crawford) 
  •   The Decorated Gourd (Peterson) 
  •   Making Gourd Dolls (Summit & Widess) 
  •   The Complete Book of Gourd Craft (Summit & Widess)
  •   InLace Techniques (Sloan) 
  •   Chip-Carving Gourds (Rehm)
  •   Beyond Basics Gourd Art (MacFarlane) 
  •   Complete Book of Gourd Carving (Summit & Widess) 
  •   Gourd Pyrography (Widess) 
  •   New Gourd Art with Ink Dyes (Dellos) 
  •   Gourds with Southwestern Motifs (Gibson) 
  •   Weaving on Gourds (Barnes) 
  •   Antler Art for Baskets and Gourds (Sloan)
  • Gourd Societies
  • PA Gourd Society:
  • Ohio Gourd Society:
  • American Gourd Society: 
  • Gourd Growers
  • Cullen Pumpkin Farm, Richfield Springs NY; 315-867-387;
  • Eli Smucker 717-354-6118
  • Henry Beiler 717-687-8797 
  • Ellen Dalton, Pumpkin Hollow Gourds, 870-598-3568
  • Gourd Craft Supplies
  • Blue Whale Arts 
  • Primitive Originals 
  • Turtlefeathers
  • Nedra Denison & Sawdust Connection