Dan Ladd, botanical architecture and tree sculpture. He works mainly with trees, but on his backpages there are also works to be found with gourds. He writes about that: “The small gourd fruit after dropping its flower, is inserted through the mold opening. The gourd grows into the mold confined during the summer season. At frost time the stem is cut leaving the mold with the gourd inside. The mold is then opened and the gourd is set to dry. When dry the gourd may be treated in certain ways, the skin may be scraped away, partially scraped away or left intact. The gourd may be mineral oiled or waxed. The artefact has as definite a viability as any hard, cellulose, wood-like material, and will endure as such with reasonable care.”


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