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 hand-carved owl gourd boxes would love to find a nice perch in your home and happily watch over your fine trinkets and treasures. The warm tones and unique carvings will make a charming and beautiful addition to any area.
Gourd boxes are wonderfully durable as long as you do NOT get them wet or put them where they will be humid. If you want your gourd to stay beautiful, an air conditioned room is great, but the bathroom is not so good, avoid areas with moisture and/or humidity.