Gourd Art & More! Creating My ReWildCrafting Rustic High Mountain Decor Product Lines

As you know if you follow me (and I’d love for you to follow my blog – see button in the middle of the home page), I love to create using materials from our multi-generational farm, HiBar Ranch, here in the Smokies of East Tennessee.

Today my mom (Mama Grit – we call her) and I created gourd art from birdhouse gourds we grew here on the farm and black walnut which my step-dad milled on his log mill up here in the Smoky Mountains.

Each of my ReWildCrafting Rustic Decor/Art is individually unique and made by hand here at the farm. I like to capture the natural lines of the raw materials where by nature’s beauty can shine through. You will see a blend of woods, fibers, dried stuff and that which we grow turned into custom one of a kind art pieces.

Here is a sample of some of the artistic decor we created over the last week. I’ll explain what is in each work of art below.

Art #1: Named ‘Gourd-geous’

View the gallery (two pictures) – This unique gourd is hand sanded showcasing the natural stunning colors and shapes on the gourd itself. Coated with a clear sheen to enhance the detailing of the patterns in the gourd. It’s base is black walnut live edge hand shaped to create a stoic vessel to hold dried flowers. The dried seed pods are Crape Myrtle and seeds can be extracted to plant your own.

Reply to me if you are interested in purchasing this gourd. It will be for sale at our launch.

Art 2: Named “Cherokee Native”

View gallery (two pictures) – This one of a kind gourd is inspired by our local Cherokee people where using traditional vessels such as gourds is a way of life. Here you see our beautiful natural gourd with sheen to showcase the beautiful browns, golden yellows and earthy greens. It is bound with natural fibers creating a gorgeous deep okra red wooden handle made from crape myrtle. The dried hydrangea comes from our own sacred land where it is said Cherokee natives were buried. Across the pasture along a stream I see from my art studio, it is said a hero Cherokee native died after he escaped the Trail of Tears. He died but he died free. The hydrangea is a deep pink tilting towards blood red and expresses the beauty of this sacred valley, the home of my ranch. In this gallery I’ve also provided a picture of the native Cherokee gourd art and festivals we have here that celebrates this beautiful artistry.

Reply to me if you are interested in purchasing this gourd. It will be for sale at our launch.

Art #3: Contemporary Metal Meets Indigenous Wood on Gourd

View gallery (2 pictures) – This gourd container has amazing coloring and serves as a stoic complete gourd in all its natural beauty. Wire is wrapped around deep okra red live edge crape myrtle for handles and button top cap at the top under the spiral silver colored handle. The handle is held down in the interior by pine, crape myrtle and a natural silver colored industrial twist.

Reply to me if you are interested in purchasing this gourd. It will be for sale at our launch.

Art #3: Natural Homemade ReCycled Paper & Contemporary Leather Medicine Bag

Here you see our natural homemade paper book marks along with our natural packaging bags for our medicinals and organic homemade buttermilk goat soaps. Also we have a hand made woven leather medicinal bag and/or shoulder mini purse with turquoise. Turquoise is connected to the healing power of water, the life giving element that supports the planet itself. This special stone assists in the intentions of healing and well being, guiding you to a place of calmness and tranquility. The Egyptians thought turquoise brought good fortune and made them invincible. Thus, why turquoise was carved into anything from the thrones of kings, to daggers, cups and jewelry. The strap is designed to expand or contract for the length of the pouch you prefer during it’s usage.

Reply to me if you are interested in purchasing this gourd. It will be for sale at our launch.

If you haven’t I’d love for you to follow our blog and also subscribe to my instagram and follow me. And, please join us for our product launch Jan. 21st at 5:55pm. I will be doing a live that you can participate in and get to know me and my company.

~ Love Chloe

Published by HiBar Ranch, Farm & Forest

We run an organic farm in the Smoky Mountains of East TN. Our ancestors who first settled this region and were some of the first settlers of TN in the mid 1700s. We blog about farm life, off the grid, self sustainability and fiber arts/craftsmanship and lots and lots on growing your own food and building a self sufficient farm.

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