pieces were given to me by a local turner who thought they were not
worth finishing because they warped during drying, and had some
I repaired all the damages, then added some
This is my "Bird".
It is a gourd that measures almost 36" in height. I have been
studying this gourd for a long time, and finally found inspiration.
I pierced the wings and painted them in many colors, and painted the
inside black for contrast.
Close-up showing the
painted piercing and the feet, which are painted with the same
colors. The base was necessary because the gourd itself has almost
no weight and was unstable. I cored out the base inside the body and
poured lead for weight.
Another close-up of the lower part of the bird.