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Creating Bottles with Gourds and Fiber

Creating Bottles with Gourds and Fiber

Jim Widess

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Gourd and fiber containers have been essential for making human migration and commerce possible for thousands of years. This new DIY book takes a step back in time to show how different forms of fiber have been used to tie a loop around the neck or waist of a gourd or to weave an intricate basket structure to hold the handle. With more than 350 color images and step-by-step instructions, seven projects are based on water containers from around the world: a palm wine bottle from Cameroon, a canoe bottle from Borneo, a saki flask and a spiral woven bottle from Japan, a bule from Mexico, an intricately woven bottle from Indonesia, and a netted Hawaiian water bottle. These projects show the universality of the gourd in the human settlement of the earth, and make great projects for advanced gourd artists.

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 350 color images | 96 pp
ISBN13: 9780764338663 | Binding: soft cover

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Jim Widess has a zeal for visual instructions with crafts. He has owned The Caning Shop in Berkeley, California, since 1971. He lives in northern California.