I enjoy watching the snow geese and the Canadian geese come into the Eastern Shore each fall. No matter what the calendar says its not fall until I hear that first honk of the geese as they make their way down from the north.
Fall is also the season for gourds and pumpkins both originating from the same family. So I asked my husband if he could design a snow goose from gourds. I was referring to hard-shell gourds, not the small yellow and green gourds that pop up everywhere in the fall. Hard-shell gourds are just that; gourds that dry as hard as wood and are used all over the world to carry water, as bowls ,baskets and everything imaginable.
Gourds can be found locally at Farmer’s markets, at gourd farms, or on the internet. Gourds come in many different shapes, sizes and varieties. For our goose design we chose two penguin gourds. One gourd will be used to create the body of the goose; the second will be used to make the wings.
First create the wings. Begin by cutting off the neck of the penguin gourd, and then cut the body in half lengthwise. I use a dremil tool with a cutting disk, but a jig saw or exacto knife can be used. Position the wings on the body of the penguin gourd so they fit and look natural. Make adjustments by cutting the wings until your are pleased with the way they look.
Glue the wings onto the sides of the body using gorilla glue. Prop the wings in place with cans, boxes, or wads of newspaper and tape the wings to hold securely with duck tape and allow to dry. Use plenty of glue and allow plenty of time for the wings to dry. We usually allow two days drying time before removing the tape. Check the wings and make sure they are securely attached.
Next paint the goose white using an outdoor white spray paint. If you are planning on hanging the goose outdoors, give a second coat of white paint. The black markings along the head of the goose and beak are added with black acrylic paint, and then the whole goose is sprayed with a clear coat gloss varnish.
We like to add plain black eyes available from the craft store and an eye bolt is screwed into the body on the birds’ back for hanging. Hang the goose with monofilament string and the goose will appear to be flying.
These adorable snow geese from gourds look best displayed in groups of three or more and are a real conversation starter.