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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 (noxelts@aol.com)
Treasurer:  Elaine Johnson (NYSGourdSociety@gmail.com)
Secretary: Georgia Rennie (NYSGourdSociety@gmail.com)
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

October 21st: 10 am to 4 pm: Create a Gourd Rainstick
November 11th: 10 am to 4 pm: Weaving a Rim of a Gourd Bowl
December 9th:  11am to 4pm: Fresh Wreath & Snowman Ornament

October 21, 2017 Gourd Rainstick Workshop
Date/Time: Saturday October 21st 10 am to 4 pm
Location: Jamesville Train Station, 6499 E Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville, NY 13078 (south of Syracuse)
Instructor: Terry Noxel
Cost:  $25 members, $35 non-members

Description: Rainsticks have been made from many natural and man-made materials. Gourds make perfect resonators and give an authentic sound of a rain shower. Long gourds, such as snake and long-handled dippers are commonly used. Hundreds of toothpicks or wooden skewers are inserted close together so that the sound makers bounce off of them when the gourd is turned end-to-end. Decorating the gourd is totally up to you.  Use your imagination or Google “rainstick” to see pictures of how others have decorated theirs.  There are pictures in various gourd books too.

Teacher will supply

  • Snake gourd, cut & cleaned
  • Toothpicks/skewers
  • White glue
  • String, Masking Tape
  • QuikWood®
  • Student must bring

  • Dremel/small drill or carver w/ 3/32” Drill bit and diamond cutting wheel

  •      or
  • Awl and cutting pliers
  • Noise makers of your choice: BBs, dry beans, dry rice, small beads, aquarium gravel
  • Paints or Dyes & Embellishments of your choice
  • RSVP

  • Please RSVP by October 6th
  • Because the class size maximum is 12, we would like you to pre-pay so your spot is secured.
  • You can first send an email to me (noxelts@aol.com) and/or our secretary at nysgourdsociety@gmail, but most importantly you should send a check payable to NYSGS, to our NEW 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 to Elaine Johnson, 8 Shaw Place, Binghamton, NY 13901
  • Download a .pdf file of this class information



  • Weaving a Rim on a Gourd Bowl

    When:   November 11, 2017 10 am to 4 pm
    Where: Town of Chenango Hall, 1529 Upper Front Street (Route 12), Binghamton, NY
    Technique: Weaving - choice of 6 space-dyed reed colors or natural
    Teachers: Terry Noxel & Joanne Nichols

    Costs

  • Class fee $5 (members) $10 (guests)
  • ½# Space Dyed Reed ($11.00) or ½# Natural Reed ($7.50) (see color choices in attchment) PRE-ORDER by October 31st
  • Bring your own cut & cleaned gourd ~~ or ~~ one we purchase and cut & clean for you ($10.00) PRE-ORDER by October 31st
  • Teacher will supply

  • The tutorial, measuring tape, pencils, wipes & glue
  • Sanding board to achieve a flat edge
  • Reed you ordered and prepped gourd if ordered
  • Student need to bring

  • Dremel/Drill and 3/32 drill bit
  • Water basin or pail to soak reed in
  • Spray bottle for water to spritz the reed during weaving process
  • Towel &/or apron because you’ll get a little wet
  • Strong scissors to cut the reed (I have a few pairs we can share if yours are strong enough)
  • Prepped gourd bowl (see below for directions) or order one ;-)
  • Optional: If you have other materials you want to weave into your gourd (seagrass, philodendron leaves, yarn, embellishments of any kind, etc, bring them with you!)
  • How to Prep Your Gourd

  • The ideal gourd sits well & is not too thin
  • Cut it level, at the height of your choice.  I recommend the cut be made close to where the gourd is its widest and not where it is curving in steeply.
  • Clean the inside completely, sanding it smooth. (Optional: paint or seal the inside)
  • Clean and sand the outside of the gourd. (Optional: create a design, dye or other technique)
  • RSVP

  • Please RSVP by October 31st so I can purchase the color reed you want and the gourd if we are supplying it.
  • Because the class size maximum is 10, we would like you to pre-pay so your spot is secured.
  • You can first send an email to me (noxelts@aol.com) and/or our secretary at nysgourdsociety@gmail, but most importantly you should send a check payable to NYSGS, to our NEW 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). Different choices/prices below…
  • Space-Dyed reed (& class) $16.00
    Spaced-Dyed reed & Prepped gourd (& class)  $26.00
    Natural reed (& class) $12.50
    Natural reed & Prepped gourd (& class) $22.50
  • Mail your check to Elaine Johnson, 8 Shaw Place, Binghamton, NY 13901
  • Download a .pdf file of this class information including photos of reed color choices




  • Fresh Evergreen Wreath and Gourdie the Snowman Ornament

    Description:  Our annual December workshop is where we create an evergreen wreath and something seasonal with a gourd.
         This year you will be able to create your very own Gordy the Snowman! Using a mini bottleneck/jewelry gourd you will paint and add the necessary parts of a snowman: a warm hat and scarf.  You’ll add painted eyes, mouth and buttons along with wire arms and a hanger. Plus the most important – the carrot nose!
         This year Raylene has 2 choices for the wreath: a smaller, boxwood wreath or the traditional evergreen wreath. Embellish your wreath with pinecones and a bow.

    When:    December 9, 2017 10 am to 4 pm
    Where:   223 Cannan Rd, Brooktondale, NY
    Technique:    Wreath Making & Gourdie the Snowman Ornament
    Teachers:     Raylene Ludgate & Leanna Donald

    Costs

  • Class fee $5 (members) $10 (guests)
  • Wreath choices: 9” Boxwood wreath @ $25 ~or~ 15” mixed greens wreath @ $20
  • 2 Snowman ornaments (approx. 3” tall) @ $5
  • For Wreath Making the Teacher will supply

  • wreath ring, evergreen, based on your choice above
  • pinecones & fabric bow (choice of color)
  • For Snowman Ornament Making the Teacher will supply

  • Hats, scarves, carrot noses, wire (for arms & hanging)
  • Paint, sealers & brushes
  • Student need to bring
  • Work gloves
  • Apron
  • Any embellishments you want to add to your wreath or snowman
  • Dish to pass for lunch

  • RSVP
  • Please RSVP by Nov 15th so we obtain the materials you chose
  • Because the class size maximum is 8, we would like you to pre-pay so your spot is secured.
  • You can first send an email to me (noxelts@aol.com) and/or our secretary at nysgourdsociety@gmail, but most importantly you should send a check payable to NYSGS, to our NEW 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). Different choices/prices below…
  • Boxwood Wreath, Snowman Ornament (& class) $35
    Evergreen Wreath, Snowman Ornament (& class) $30
    Wreath only (& class) $30
    Snowman only (& class) $10
    Mail your check to Elaine Johnson, 8 Shaw Place, Binghamton, NY 13901
  • Download a .pdf file of this class information

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      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 & 
    By-Laws
     link to PDF
    Patches
    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 of NY and encourage you to contact Terry at noxelts@aol.com 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: gourdpatch.pdf

    Your Patch can be listed here – Contact Terry with your information (noxelts@aol.com)

    Links
    Member Sites Graham Ottoson -- gourdlandia.com
    ...
    Education
  • 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:  http://www.pagourdsociety.org/ 
  • Ohio Gourd Society:  americangourdsociety.org/ohiochapter 
  • American Gourd Society: americangourdsociety.org  
  • Gourd Growers
  • Cullen Pumpkin Farm, Richfield Springs NY; 315-867-387; http://cullenpumpkinfarm.com/ 
  • Eli Smucker 717-354-6118 
  • Henry Beiler 717-687-8797  
  • Ellen Dalton, Pumpkin Hollow Gourds, pumpkinhollowgourds.com 870-598-3568 
  • Gourd Craft Supplies
  • Blue Whale Arts http://www.bluewhalearts.com/  
  • Primitive Originals http://www.primitiveoriginals.com/  
  • Turtlefeathers http://www.turtlefeathers.net/ 
  • Nedra Denison & Sawdust Connection http://nedradenison.com/