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 10/19/2013
President: Terry Noxel (
Treasurer: Raylene Ludgate (
Secretary: Georgia Rennie (
Directors: Philip Rosini, Graham Ottoson

Upcoming Events
Saturday July 16, 11 am to 4 pm 
Project Bird Feeder with Grapevine Weave, Instructor: Georgia Rennie ( 
Location: Elmira, NY (address will be provided later) 
$15 members, $20 non-members. 
Class size limited to 8 Create a welcoming place for your feathered friends to enjoy! The feeder will be crafted from a canteen gourd creating an unique look for your feeder. Access holes will be carved along the perimeter, gourd cleaned and vines added in a weave through the holes to create a place for perching. A rope for hanging will then be attached and variety of finishes will be available for completion. Students should bring: Mini gourd saw* and extra blades Dremel™ with a small and medium round bur should a carved design be desired Instructor will supply: Gourd suitable for the project Patina, stains and varnish (there are a variety of colors for the patina and stains to choose from) Rope for hanging Sandpaper *Teacher has a couple of mini gourd saws that can be loaned for a small fee ($2 to cover the cost of the blades). Email teacher if you need to reserve a saw. First come, first served
Saturday September 10, 11 am to 4 pm
Gourd Bowl with Cutout Design Instructor: Terry Noxel ( 
Location: 100 Barton Rd, Windsor, NY 13865
$15 members, $20 non-members. Class size limited to 12 
Create an elegant bowl or vase for any occasion! You will draw a design around the rim using templates. It will be lightly carved and then cut out. The cut edges will be filed and sanded so that they are smooth. The outside of this bowl can be colored with an ink or a rubbed-on patina while the cutout design can be left natural or be stained in a warm wooden color. The interior will be stained black to show off the cutout design from any angle. The top part of the gourd can be used to form a base (optional). Your bowl will measure approximately 7-8 inches across or tall - depending on the gourd you choose. STUDENT should bring: Mini gourd saw* and extra saw blades, Dremel™ or carver with medium round bur, Riffler files with flat edges, if you have them. INSTRUCTOR will supply: Clean gourd suitable for this project; Patina, stains and varnish (there are a variety of colors for the patina and stains to choose from); Riffler files and sandpaper NOTE: *Teacher has a couple of mini gourd saws that can be loaned for a small fee ($2 to cover the cost of the blades). Email teacher if you need to reserve a saw. First come, first served.
Saturday November 12th, 9 am to 4 pm 
Gourd Lamp Instructor: Graham Ottoson 
Location: Gourdlandia, 77 Rachel Carson Way, Ithaca, NY 14850 
$35 members, $40 non-members. 
Class size limited to 8 Make a small table lamp with gourd base and gourd shade. Graham will share many of her lamp-making techniques, including how to put wooden feet on the base, wire the base, construct a sturdy support for the shade, and paper the shade. In order to finish on time, participants are requested to keep their design simple, such as the one pictured.  If you would like to make a shade that requires sawing (as opposed to just drilling, as pictured), please bring your own saw and be familiar and comfortable with its use, including changing blades.

How To Register for the above Workshops
**Due to classes being  limited in size an email RSVP to to hold your spot for 8 days pending the receipt of your payment.
**Registration is complete and your spot is held when you have paid in full.
**Mail your payments for the class/es to Georgia Rennie, 477 Christian Hollow Rd, Pine City, NY  14871.
**Make your check payable to NYSGS and indicate on a piece of paper the class/es you are registering for.

  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