Idaho Gourd Society

                                                  Rho Chapter of the American Gourd Society

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Welcome to the Idaho Gourd Society.  We were first organized in 1998 and we are celebrating our nineteenth anniversary, this year, 2017.


The purpose of the Idaho Gourd Society is to create a fun, friendly, and relaxed environment where gourd enthusiasts in Idaho can get together and create gourd art.  We are dedicated to the education and instruction of those interested in gourd history, cultivation, painting, crafts, and fine gourd art.  We offer you an opportunity to participate in classes, festivals, shows, and competitions.  From beginner to expert, we have something for everyone.


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Click here for a pdf copy of the 2017 IDGS color brochure side one

Click here for a pdf copy of the 2017 color brochure  side two

IAW Show coming March 17th and 18th at JUMP  JUMP is located at 1000 W. Myrtle St., Boise ID 83702.  Show hours on Saturday are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.     Click on IAW tab for more information


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Bonnie Gibson Classes, Nampa, Idaho May 18-20, 2018

Day 1: Basic Power Carving - May 18th

Day 2: Swept Ashore - May 19th

Day 3: Carved Textures - May 20th

$70 per class or all three for $200

Contact Chris Peters at bonniegclass@gmail.com  to  register

Basic Carving - May 18, 2018

This class is perfect for those who want to learn how to get more out of a Dremel tool or other brand of rotary carver. In this class, you'll learn about using your power tool more effectively, and all about different types of burs and what they do. You'll learn techniques and will carve sand ripples, basic relief carving, and carving for inlay. Carving safety and types of equipment will be discussed.

Bring a power rotary tool (Dremel or other brand) and any accessories you have on hand. Bring a gourd suitable for carving (1/4” thick after cleaning) and your basic tool box. A mini jig saw may be helpful but is not necessary. Bring a dust mask. A supply list will be provided in the future. This is an all-day class so bring a sack lunch. Class is full - taking names for waiting list

Swept Ashore - May 19, 2018

This class will teach you how to do a the woven type filigree carving shown in both of these projects, as well as a few other water related patterns. You'll be able to design your own piece using the woven filigree as the focal point; everyone's project will be different depending on what they choose to do with the patterns. The photos are just examples. At the end of class, we'll talk about and try some metal rusting of parts. (You can create and add your own rusted metal to your project at a later time if you wish.)

Bring a power rotary tool (Dremel or other brand) and any burs you have on hand. Bring a gourd - something in the 5-7" range is probably best if you want to finish your piece in class. The gourd should be at least 1/4" thick after cleaning. You may paint the inside of your gourd if you wish or paint it in class. Bring a dust mask. A supply list will be provided in the future. This is an all day class so bring a sack lunch. 2 spaces available -

Sampler - Carved Textures—May 20, 2018

This class introduces 3 new textures - river rocks, 2 kinds of stylized waves, and pond ripples. You'll be able to design your own piece using these textures; everyone's project will be different depending on what they choose to do with the patterns.

Bring a power rotary tool (Dremel or other brand) and any burs you have on hand. Bring a gourd - something in the 5-7" range is probably best if you want to finish your piece in class. The gourd should be at least 1/4" thick after cleaning. You may paint the inside of your gourd if you wish or paint it in class. Bring a dust mask. This is an all-day class so bring a sack lunch. A supply list will be provided in the future.  1 space available


Click here for pdf file to print pictures and class descriptions

  2018 Membership dues are due by December 31st

The IDGS membership runs from January 1st to December 31st.  Dues are $15 for an individual membership and $20 for a family membership.

 You can pay your dues by:

sending a check and Membership Application form to Carol Joyce, 3723 W Columbia Rd, Meridian, ID  83642;

or by Pay Pal from the link on our webpage:  http://www.idahogourdsociety.org/membership.html;

or you can give me a check or cash at our annual holiday party on December 9.