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Special Opportunity!

The Crystal Patch is hosting Bonnie Gibson for a 2-day workshop on May 17 and 18, (Weds and Thurs), 2017.

Class size is limited to 15, and there are just a few openings remaining.

The cost is $120 and includes both days. You provide your own tools and gourds. Lunch will be provided.

The classes will be held in Onalaska, WA (15 miles east of I-5, just south of Chehalis). For lodging ideas, contact Jane Smith at, or by phone at (360) 978-4589.

To register for the classes, contact Stacy Annon at

Here are the two classes Bonnie will be teaching:

War Shirt


While the class is called "War Shirt," you will also have the option of creating a Native dress if you prefer. You'll learn to create a sueded texture on your gourd and to add faux beading that looks real enough to fool most people! Various embellishments will be added to create the illusion of Native style leather clothing. (Little or no carving in this class, so you'll have a chance to enjoy visiting with your classmates!) Paints and basic embellishments of your choice will be provided.

What you need to supply: Bring a prepared gourd (cut, cleaned, and inside painted), a woodburner, and your basic tool box. You may be drilling some holes or possibly insetting some embellishments, so a dremel may also be handy, but is optional for this class. Preferably, the gourd should be taller than it is wide, but we can work with whatever you bring. Please bring one that is not really small, as larger gourds work well for this project. An 8" range is good. A bit bigger or a bit smaller is ok...but, it is harder to do the bead dots on a tiny gourd.

Water and Wind


Carving patterns inspired by Southwestern Pueblos.

Use carving techniques and some wood burning to decorate a gourd with interesting southwestern patterns. You will learn how to carve a dimensional “rain cloud” pattern, and how to combine it with other effects, such as carved basketry, Katsina Butterfly Maiden designs (Bonnie will try to bring an alternative design too), or sand ripples. We’ll discuss “designing in the round.” Everyone will have the flexibility to design their gourd around some of these techniques so that each finished carving will be unique.

Please note that this is a "techniques" class, so you will not finish the gourd during class time.

What you need to supply: Bring a prepared gourd, power rotary tool (Dremel or other brand), any carving burs you have on hand, and a dust mask (or purchase one in class). Appropriate burs will be available for purchase.

Your gourd must be cut and cleaned prior to class.....we will do carving, but size and shape are not a concern. It does not need to be super average thickness...preferably just not a crappy


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