Owl Gourd Boxes*
Who can resist owls? They’re a symbol of wisdom and they’re adorable. These hand-carved owl gourd boxes are no different. Allow one of these charming owls find a nice perch in your home and happily watch over your fine trinkets and treasures. The warm tones and beautiful carvings will make a charming, unique addition to any area.
Please note that each owl is unique and varies in detail. The owls pictured are only samples of what you may receive.
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.
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.