Gourds are vegetables related to pumpkins and squash, and they grow in a variety of shapes and sizes. After harvesting , peeling and sun-drying the gourds, the artist draws the design with a pencil. A skillful carver then carefully etches the fine lines with a simple hand chisel. Using a technique called pyrography, fire adds the rich shades of browns and blacks. Finally the outside is waxed and polished, presenting you with a one-of-a-kind piece to treasure for generations!
In Peru, storytelling through gourd carving has a long history. Archeologists found a gourd depicting deities over 4,000 years old. Today, in the tiny Andean village of Cochas almost everyone is a gourd artist, and fine gourd carving has been practiced for generations. Besides decorative purposes, gourds in Peru also serve as functional vessels for storing spices or serving food or chicha, a traditional corn beer.
Designed and hand-crafted by artists in Peru, our charming owl gourd ornaments bring a modern flair to a 4,000-year-old traditional carving and burning technique. These adorable, little owls would love to find a safe, comfy perch on your tree, or perhaps on your wall for year-round woodsy decor! Bring charm and wisdom to your home or give this lovely handcrafted owl gourd ornament to a special owl-lover.
Please note that each owl is unique and varies in detail. The owls pictured are only samples of what you may receive.