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Hand Carved Boxes, Bowls, & Baskets

Hand Carved Boxes, Bowls, & Baskets

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.

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    Gourd Santa Box in Assorted Colors 5"

    Sanyork Fair Trade

    Santa Claus Carved Christmas Box 4" Assorted Colors Etched

    MSRP: $24.00
    $8.50
    Santa Claus Carved Box with Lid Beautifully carved keepsake box in an assortment of colors with Santa Claus hand etched to the entire surface. Measures 4" -5" across and tall Fine carving from Cochas, Peru. Volume Discount 6+
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    Gourd Box - Owl Hand Carved Trinket Container 5"

    Sanyork Fair Trade

    Gourd Box - Owl Hand Carved Trinket Container 5"

    $6.50
    This is a complete gourd that has had the top cut off and made into a lid.  The carved gourd can then serve not only as decorative, but functional!  This style is carved to be a very popular owl! Specifics: 4-5" Each piece is unique. ...
  • Gourd Box - Lizard/Geometric 5" Carving

    Sanyork Fair Trade

    Gourd Box - Lizard/Geometric 5" Carving

    $6.50
    This is a complete gourd that has had the top cut off and made into a lid.  The carved gourd can then serve not only as decorative, but functional!  This style is carved with a large lizard on one side and an ornate geometric pattern on the...
  • Gourd Box Lizard Southwest

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    Gourd Box - Lizard Carving 5" Container

    $6.50
    This is a complete gourd that has had the top cut off and made into a lid.  The carved gourd can then serve not only as decorative, but functional!  This style is carved with a lizard design that makes it very popular in the American Southwest...
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    Gourd Box - Geometric Designs Intricate 5"

    Sanyork Fair Trade

    Gourd Box - Geometric Designs Intricate 5"

    $6.50
    This is a complete gourd that has had the top cut off and made into a lid.  The carved gourd can then serve not only as decorative, but functional!  This style is carved with attractive geometric designs. Specifics: 4-5" Each piece is...
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    Gourd Carved Box Natural Colors with Nature Carved and Burnt Designs

    Sanyork Fair Trade

    Gourd Box - Floral/Insect Designs 5" Peruvian Folk Art

    MSRP: $20.00
    $6.50
    This is a complete gourd that has had the top cut off and made into a lid.  The carved gourd can then serve not only as decorative, but functional!  This style is carved with a variety of floral, instect, and bird designs...
  • Gourd Box - Animal Designs 5" Burned Colors

    Sanyork Fair Trade

    Gourd Box - Animal Designs 5" Burned Colors

    $6.50
    This is a complete gourd that has had the top cut off and made into a lid.  The carved gourd can then serve not only as decorative, but functional!  This style is carved with a variety of animal motifs. Specifics: 4-5" Each piece is unique...