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Leather Tooling on a Gourd






Bonnie Kennedy

Saturday, Sep 7th

Full Day

9 am to 4 pm


Class description


In this class you will learn how to carve a gourd to look like tooled leather. This class is for all levels of gourders, but you need to know the basics of how to use your carving tool. In addition to the carving, you will do a little bit of wood burning. The instructor will supply patterns.

You should be able to complete the carving and woodburning, but you will finish the painting at home.

What you are required to bring


Bring a medium sized gourd, (approximately 12 inches tall) cleaned outside, it can be left uncut or if cut, it needs to be cleaned inside.​​

Students also need to bring:

  • A rotary tool (micro carver) and carving burrs

  • Wood burner and wood burning pens (a hobby store wood burner is ok to use)

  • Diamond files

  • Sandpaper

  • A dust mask to be worn when carving

  • Eyeglasses or safety glasses to be worn when carving

Class Cancellation Policy


If you need to cancel this class, you MUST contact us before August 22, 2024 in order to receive a refund. Note that NGS will withhold $10 per cancelled class to cover processing fees. To cancel, call Patti Jo Newsom @ 817-917-7873 or email

If a class does not meet the minimum number of students, the class will be cancelled, you will be contacted, and your full registration fee will be refunded.


About the Instructor


Bonnie joined the Basin Gourd Society upon its inception and has been involved ever since. She enjoys attending classes and learning new techniques. It has been a great avenue to work on her creative inner self. She enjoys the challenges of incorporating different mediums into her work. She revels in sharing her knowledge with anyone interested.



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