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Carved Gourds - The Perfect Fall Decoration

Updated on August 11, 2015
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Beautiful Gourds For Your Home

I absolutely love our carved gourd and especially like to feature it in our home during the Fall season. It looks like a fancy wooden version of a pumpkin and has carvings, paint, and burnt etchings that give the gourd all the beautiful fall colors. It is great for having keep sakes in it, you can make a centerpiece out of it and have fall leaves scattered around with a cute Halloween or Thanksgiving character sticking out, display them with small candles inside, there are even carved gourd lamps, the possibilities are really endless. Carved gourds will add the perfect autumn touch to your home and are great conversation pieces.

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Fruit Turned into Art

Gourds are large fruit that grow on vines and have a very hard skin. They are the "extended family" of pumpkins, but you would not want to eat this fruit as it usually does not have a good taste. Decorative gourds are generally used as ornaments or gifts, but have also been used to store food, make bird houses and feeders, as musical instruments, for trading, story telling, and more. They really are diamonds in the rough; at first glance you would not think this plain looking fruit could be transformed into wonderful works of art, but the results are pleasantly surprising!

My Gourd Decoration

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The cutout top can be removed to put other small decorations or a tea light candle.The design has triangular shapes and cut outs and the inside is a rich woody red color.Here you can see a close up of the art work done on the gourd.On the bottom it has the company information, as you can see this was handmade in Peru.
The cutout top can be removed to put other small decorations or a tea light candle.
The cutout top can be removed to put other small decorations or a tea light candle.
The design has triangular shapes and cut outs and the inside is a rich woody red color.
The design has triangular shapes and cut outs and the inside is a rich woody red color.
Here you can see a close up of the art work done on the gourd.
Here you can see a close up of the art work done on the gourd.
On the bottom it has the company information, as you can see this was handmade in Peru.
On the bottom it has the company information, as you can see this was handmade in Peru.

Lucuma Designs

We had bought our gourd in a little art and gifts shop and when I realized the company name was on the bottom of my gourd I wanted to find out more about where it came from and who made it. As it turns out, a large number of families work solely on carving gourds in Peru and not just for this company. The way this particular company works is that they have design artists that give those layouts to the carvers. If these were being created by the Peruvian people themselves they might tell a story with their carvings much like Native Americans did with petroglyphs (pictures engraved on rock). It has been tradition in many families to pass the trade on from generation to generation. If you are lucky enough to have an authentic piece of work you may have a small part of history from this culture right in your own home.

www.lucuma.com - Lucuma Gourds

Traditional Gourd Carving in Peru

This is somewhat of a long video, but if you skip two minutes in and only watch even a few minutes, it is really amazing to see the craftsmanship that goes into creating these masterpieces!

Gourd Creations Around the World

While gourd decorating is widely known throughout Peru, it is not the only culture that has this tradition. People from the Pacific Islands, China, Poland, to Africa and other various parts of the world have practiced gourd carving. While not all cultures are doing it for the same reason or using the same method, they are still amazing works of art. In fact, gourd art has become a very popular decor trend.

More about the history of gourd carving found in the following book:


Wonderful Fall Pieces

Here are some pieces that are great for fall decor.

Product on www.gourdshop.com
Product on www.gourdshop.com

Gourd Decorating for Fall

Whether it is a lamp, candy dish, center piece, part of the general fall decor, or placed randomly throughout the house, a carved gourd is a beautiful way to decorate for Fall. A lot of artistic work goes into making these amazing creations. You will impress and fascinate others and if you do a little research on your pieces then you will be able to wow them with your knowledge as well. Have an amazingly sweet autumn season!

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Do you already have a carved, painted, and/or burnt gourd? Which were some of your favorites from this article?

Which Gourd Pieces Are Your Favorite?

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      Harriet 4 years ago from Indiana

      These are stunning.

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      Rymom28 4 years ago

      @designsbyharriet: Thank you, I am captivated by them as well!

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      Beverly Rodriguez 4 years ago from Albany New York

      Those lamps are truly unique! Lovely lens....thanks for sharing.

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      Rymom28 4 years ago

      @artbyrodriguez: Glad you like them and thank you for the blessing!

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Very nice lens. i like them all. Congratulations on making your Last Rocket Squid Lens. Looking forward to seeing more lens as you progress to your 50 Giant Club. Blessed.

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      Rymom28 4 years ago

      @Elsie Hagley: Thank you so much, I look forward to becoming a Giant Squid! I appreciate the blessing as well.

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      I love these crafty Gourds, love the pics too.

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      I had to come back for another look - these decorated gourds are so very beautiful, I'm craving about half of them!

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      Rymom28 4 years ago

      @flycatcherrr: It really is hard to pick just one as a favorite!

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      Rymom28 4 years ago

      @Jeri Baker: Glad to hear it, thank you!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Wow! These really are beautiful decorations! I am quite taken with the owl gourd and the lamp is stunning!

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      reubenj 4 years ago

      I can remember when I was a child, my father would make bird houses from gourds. There were many small wrens and purple martins close by. We always enjoyed watching them in the evening as they flew around singing and catching bugs. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures.

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      Rymom28 4 years ago

      @reubenj: They are so beautiful, how great that he had the gift of making such wonderful creations!

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      Rymom28 4 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: I was in awe when I saw these lamps and still love to look at all the different styles.

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      Niagara Ghosts 4 years ago

      Stunning craftsmanship! I loved the video and watching the skill involved. Thanks for sharing.

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      What_to_Know 4 years ago

      I saw these long ago at my great grandmas house

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      Rhonda Lytle 2 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      It's amazing what folks can create from a simple gourd. I had a great aunt that grew them when I was very little. I barely remember her taking me out to pick. I think I was three or four and she was in her nineties then. I wish I could remember more for she did all kinds of cool things with them. I saw a craft show once where a lady had turned many a gourd into hanging witch faces for Halloween. They were all so cute! I would love to learn to work with this natural material.

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      Rymom28 2 years ago

      If I had the time, I would devote it to learning this craft as well.

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