2020 Workshop Registration

Due to the unknown threats of the coronavirus in our communities and lives, it is with a heavy heart that the SMGS Festival Committee has decided to cancel this year's Show Me Gourd Society Festival in Springfield, MO April 3–5, 2020. This was a difficult decision to make knowing all the students, vendors, instructors, and gourd artists who have made arrangements to come, not to mention all the hard work the committee has done planning the event. But in the end we felt it important to protect the health and safety of our gourd lovers and friends. To all of you who have been patient with us as we sorted through the final decision, we Thank You! You will be issued a full refund for your dinner, competition entry fees, and workshop registrations. We apologize for all the inconvenience this has caused, and we look forward to seeing you next year. Madonna Watermon, SMGS President

For more information about workshops contact:

Sophia deLaat

19522 Golden Dr.

Raymondville, MO 65555

Email: sophiadelaat@yahoo.com

Phone: 417-217-5157



Friday ALL DAY Workshops      8:30am–12:30  (lunch is on your own)  1:00–5:00pm


Feathers, Fur, and Fun Pyrography (FRI-ALL-2)

Instructor: Karen Brown (Alto, MI)

Level of Difficulty: Beginners

Class Minimum: 4   Maximum: 12

 

In this beginners woodburning class students will select an image to render on their gourd. Learn how to transfer a pattern, use a ball or writing nib to render and shade your project and then add the details of texture. Let award winning artist and teacher Karen Brown take your pyrography to the next level.

 

Students need to bring: temperature adjustable woodburning tool, bring tips/pens including ball tip and writing nib

Instructor will provide:  gourd, patterns, handout, transfer paper plus all other supplies needed 

Feathers, Fur, and Fun Pyrography

$35.00

Carved Gourd Antler Cross (FRI-ALL-3)

Instructor: Robin Bryson (Quail Valley, CA)

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate (but willing to work with beginners)

Class Minimum: 3   Maximum: 15

 

Create a unique relief carved antler cross from a gourd, accented with wood burning for shading and a semi-precious stone.

 

Students need to bring: Carver with Dremel bits #116, 110, 107, 105 (teacher will have some for purchase), controlled woodburner, rounded skew tip, dust mask, eye wear

Instructor will provide: gourd, tutorial, pattern, cabochon, bail, leather piece, and sand paper

uniquely carved gourd antler cross

$85.00

Grecian Urn (FRI-ALL-4)

Instructor: Vickie Echols (Temecula, CA)

Level of Difficulty: All Levels. Some pine needle coiling helpful but not necessary.

Class Minimum: 5   Maximum: 15

 

Learn how to coil glycerinated pine needles onto a prepared gourd to make a unique vessel. You will start with attaching a "foot" and working on shaping skills. You will refine your shaping skills while you finish off the rim. We will be using artificial sinew to create a chain stitch.  Most students will not complete this during the class time, but techniques learned and tutorial will help students complete at home.

 

Students need to bring: sharp pair of scissors, small needle nose pliers, small jewelry wire cutters

Instructor will provide: prepared gourds, glycerinated pine needles, artificial sinew, stitching needle, step-by-step tutorial provided by email after festival.

Grecian Urn with pine needle coiling.

$95.00

Green Sea Turtle (FRI-ALL-5)

Instructor: Marla Garber (Frankston, TX)

Level of Difficulty: All Levels

Class Minimum: 6   Maximum: 12

 

Cut and Sculpt a Green Sea Turtle. Use Quickwood to sculpt the turtle. Paint it and mount on mopani wood. There is a lot to do in this class, but it is fun! Students will learn techniques and should be able to finish their project in the class time.

 

Students need to bring: gourd saw; drill and drill bits (3/8", 3/32", 7/32"); face mask; paint brushes (flat, angle, liner, 2 dry brushes), glue gun, glue sticks

Instructor will provide: gourds, mopani wood, acrylic rod, Quickwood, paints, artificial grass, sealer

green sea turtle

$95.00

3-Dimensional Carved Maple Leaves (FRI-ALL-6)

Instructor: Madonna Watermon (St. Louis, MO)

Level of Difficulty: Advanced - Must have knowledge of carver and sander.
Class Minimum: 5   Maximum: 15

 

Students will learn how to carve 3-dimensional maple leaves and how to undermine carve.

 

Students need to bring: Dust mask, pencil, electric sander with different sanding grits, sanding paper with different grits, files, high speed carver (needs to use 1/16 burs), various sizes of diamond wheel burs, and small diamond football burs if you have them. 

Instructor will provide: gourd shard, tutorial, pattern, tracing paper, 1/16 (14 round diamond burs and #699 carbide burs)

3-dimensional maple leaf carving

$90.00


Friday Morning Workshops     8:30am–12:30


Friday Afternoon Workshops     1:00–5:00 pm


Tapestry-like Weaving on Gourd (FRI-PM-1)

Instructor: Shelia Guidry  (Corpus Christi, TX)

Level of Difficulty: All Levels

Class Minimum: 2   Maximum: 15

 

Tapestry weaving is done with stationery warp threads and weft threads which form the weaving. Students will learn how and where to drill holes for warp and weft threads. Gourds will be predrilled so students can do more weaving in class. There will be several different choices to finish the rim. 

 

Students need to bring: needle nose pliers if you have them

Instructor will provide: dyed gourd ready to weave, threads, seed beads, needles, supplies for rim

Tapestry weaving

$75.00


Saturday ALL DAY Workshops     8:00am–noon (auction and lunch break)  1:30pm–5:30pm


Basket with Rim and Antler Handle (SAT-ALL-2)

Instructor: Karen Brown (Alto, MI)

Level of Difficulty: All Levels

Class Minimum: 4   Maximum: 12

 

NEWLY ADDED!! The antler bowl is done in a sunset dye with black vinyl stickers. I have over 30 different designs to choose from. All materials in this class will be provided by the teacher. Students will get a gourd bowl cleaned, sanded, and sealed on the inside; a handout; the vinyl sheets, dyes, sealer, paper twist, and thread to finish the project in class. Along with an antler. Teacher will have extra vinyl sheets and antlers to sell as well.

 

Students need to bring: nothing

Instructor will provide: Everything is provided for this class! Gourd, handouts, vinyl sheets, dies and sealer, and paper twist.

Basket with Coiling Rim and Antler Handle

$45.00

Hanging Horse Wall Planter (SAT-ALL-3)

Instructor: Robin Bryson (Quail Valley, CA)

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

Class Minimum: 3   Maximum: 15

 

Create a spectacular hanging horse gourd planter. Learn how to burn on the inner part of the gourd. The texture is way different and softer than the shell. Enhanced with ink dye and pine needles woven on the rim.

 

Students need to bring: temperature controlled woodburner, round skew tip, dust mask, eye wear, small sharp scissors

Instructor will provide: prepared gourd, tutorial, pattern, ink dyes, brushes, pine needles, natural bark, wax linen, needle, artificial plants, embellishments

hanging horse wall planter

$90.00

Driftwood Handle Lidded Basket (SAT-ALL-4)

Instructor: Vickie Echols (Temecula, CA)

Level of Difficulty: All levels. Pine needle coiling experience helpful but not necessary.

Class Minimum: 5   Maximum 15

 

Learn how to coil glycerinated pine needles onto a prepared gourd and driftwood knob to make a lidded basket. You will start with attaching a rim on your gourd and working on shaping skills. You will refine your skills while you work on the driftwood lid. Learn the technique in class but expect to finish your project at home.

 

Students need to bring: sharp pair of scissors, small needle nose pliers, small jewelry wire cutters

Instructor will provide: prepared gourd, driftwood handle set in resin, glycerinated pine needles, Irish waxed linen, stitching needle, detailed tutorial emailed after festival.

driftwood handle lidded basket

$95.00

Butterfly Delight with Alcohol Ink Pearls (SAT-ALL-5)

Instructor: Marla Garber (Frankston, TX)

Level of Difficulty: All Levels

Class Minimum: 6    Maximum: 12

 

If you haven't tried the Alcohol Ink Pearls, here is your chance. We will burn the pattern, use pearl inks, do some light stippling and filigree. So come make a beautiful gourd! Students should have previous experience with woodburning.

 

Students need to bring: woodburner and pens, carver with large round ball burr and filigree burr, dust mask, sander or sandpaper, micro paint brush

Instructor will provide: gourd, alcohol ink pearls, paints, instructions, sealer

butterfly delight

$65.00

Painted Fall Pumpkins (SAT-ALL-6)

Instructor: Shelia Guidry (Corpus Christi, TX)

Level of Difficulty: Beginner–Intermediate

Class Minimum: 3    Maximum: 15

 

Pumpkins will be dry brushed onto painted textured background on gourd. Even if you have never painted, this is a technique that is easy to learn. These pumpkins will be Fall decoration used year after year. Most participants will finish their project during class time.

 

Students need to bring: none

Instructor will provide: All supplies needed including gourd, paints, brushes, and some form of stand. Students can buy the paintbrushes after class if they choose to.

Painted Fall Pumpkins

$85.00


Saturday Morning Workshops     8:00am–noon


3-inch Owl Pendant (SAT-AM-2)

Instructor: Bill Decker (Greenwood, MO)

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate—Woodburning experience required

Class Minimum: 1    Maximum: 10

This class is full.

 

Bill will show hot he prepares and lays out a stylized great horned owl on a 3" diameter gourd shard. We will then burn with line and shading. If time allows we will add highlights with transparent stain.

 

Student needs to bring: adjustable heat controlled woodburner, skew tip for line work, shading tip,  ball tip if you have one, drawing pencil, eraser, small ruler, dust mask, X-ACTO type knife, compass, circle template up to 3 inch diameter, round "00" brush, wire brush for cleaning pen tips

Instructor will provide: 3-inch diameter gourd shard sanded and ready for project, tutorial, drill and bit, transparent stain, extra items from the list above to share

Owl Pendant

$50.00


Saturday Afternoon Workshops  1:30pm–5:30pm


Bobble-head Turtle (SAT-PM-1)

Instructor: Toni Mickle

Level of Difficulty: Beginner–Advanced

Class Minimum: 4    Maximum: 12 

 

Students will learn how to make and construct a turtle with a bobbing head using multiple gourds for construction. Students will stain the parts and decorate the turtle shell, head, and legs.

 

Students need to bring: apron, dust mask, gloves

Instructor will provide: all other necessary supplies needed for project

Bobble-head Turtle

$60.00


Sunday Workshops     10:30am—2:30pm


3-inch Owl Pendant (SUN)

Instructor: Bill Decker (Greenwood, MO)

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate—Woodburning experience required

Class Minimum: 1    Maximum: 10

 

NEWLY ADDED! Bill will show hot he prepares and lays out a stylized great horned owl on a 3" diameter gourd shard. We will then burn with line and shading. If time allows we will add highlights with transparent stain.

 

Student needs to bring: adjustable heat controlled woodburner, skew tip for line work, shading tip, ball tip if you have one, drawing pencil, eraser, small ruler, dust mask, X-ACTO type knife, compass, circle template up to 3 inch diameter, round "00" brush, wire brush for cleaning pen tips

Instructor will provide: 3-inch diameter gourd shard sanded and ready for project, tutorial, drill and bit, transparent stain, extra items from the list above to share

Sunday workshop with bill decker

$50.00

Geometric Woodburned Necklaces (SUN-2)

Instructor: Karen Brown (Alto, MI)

Level of Difficulty: Beginner

Class Minimum: 4    Maximum: 12

 

This class is a tribute to Joe Lee—the man who taught Karen to burn gourds. You'll be working on small jewelry gourds to cover them with geometric patterns and shading enhancements. This is a fun and easy project that can be worn a a necklace or hung as an ornament. They sell well year round.

 

Students need to bring: temperature adjustable burning tool, small spear or small skew pen/tip

Instructor will provide: gourds, eye screws, patterns, handout, cording, and all other supplies used in class

geometric Burned jewelry gourd necklace

$30.00

Baby Owls with Natural Bark (SUN-3)

Instructor: Robin Bryson (Quail Valley, CA)

Level of Difficulty: All Levels

Class Minimum: 3    Maximum: 15

 

Learn how to paint with ink dye to create adorable baby owls peeking out of a tree hole, accented with natural bark.

 

Students need to bring: a clean, cut canteen gourd, bottom sanded for free standing

Instructor will provide: tutorial, pattern, dyes, micro brushes, formula 49, pitt pen, mod podge.

Baby Owls with Natural Bark

$80.00

Tyvek Swoosh (SUN-4)

Instructor: Vickie Echols (Temecula, CA)

Level of Difficulty: All Levels—some pine needle coiling will be helpful but not necessary, must be able to hold needle and thread

Class Minimum: 5    Maximum: 15

 

Learn how to coil glycerinated pine needles onto a prepared gourd to make a unique vessel. Class will start with a demo on how to make Tyvek beads. You will use pre-made beads to incorporate into your swoosh so you can finish your project. A detailed tutorial will be emailed after class.

 

Students need to bring: sharp pair of scissors, small needle nose pliers, small jewelry wire cutters

Instructor will provide: prepared gourd, glycerinated pine needles Irish waxed linen, stitching needle, prepared Tyvek beads, emailed tutorial

pine needle coiled Tyvek Swoosh

$85.00

Gnomes and Woodsmen (SUN-6)

Instructor: Marla Garber (Frankston, TX)

Level of Difficulty: All Levels

Class Minimum: 6    Maximum: 12

 

This is a fun project. Let your imagination juices flow. We will use Quickwood to build the entire gnome/woodsmen. Embellishments can be added if you desire.

 

Students need to bring: disposable gloves if Quickwood bothers you hands, 3 medium dry brushes, heat gun

Instructor will provide: gourds prepped and ready to sculpt, paints, Quickwood, sealer

Clay Gnomes and Woodsmen

$75.00

Dyeing Gourds with Alcohol Inks (SUN-6)

Instructor: Shelia Guidry (Corpus Christi, TX)

Level of Difficulty: Beginner–Intermediate

Class Minimum: 3    Maximum: 15

 

We will have fun playing with 5 different brands of alcohol inks, spray alcohol, and blending alcohol solution.

 

Students need to bring: apron to protect clothing

Instructor will provide: 2 gourds to dye, all dyes, applicators, and all other needed supplies. If time allows, students can purchase more gourds to dye.

alcohol inks

$40.00