Gourd Tool Suppliers

There are many nifty tools out there that make life easier for the gourder. And like everything else, you can choose to go the less expensive route or the more expensive route. When you are just starting out, perhaps the less expensive tools make the most sense. The more gourding you do, you will likely upgrade your tools as you go.

It's not always easy to sort out which tools are the best and which tools give you the most bang for your buck. Luckily, the internet provides us with plenty of conversation regarding tool comparisons. Some of the best information on tool selection comes from the companies that sell gourding supplies. When you visit their sites, be sure to sign up for any email lists or newsletters that they have to offer. Here are some of our favorites:

Sawdust Connection - Emphasis on pyrography

The Caning Shop - Their gourd saw is very popular

Welburn Gourd Farm - Lots of good supplies

Arizona Gourds - Lots of good supplies 

Gourd Cleaning Tools and Supplies

Items used for cleaning the outside:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Bucket or tub for water
  • Copper scrubby
  • Dull knife for scraping

Items used for cleaning the inside:

  • Sand paper
  • Manual scrapers: grapefruit spoon and circle fleshing tools shown below:
  • Cleaners that attach to a hand drill (not the Dremel): Welburn cleaning ball and the Ace Hardware Paint Sander shown below:

Your Tool Box

When you go to "hands-on" gourd classes or meetings, you are normally expected to bring your own tools and supplies--and that could amount to a lot of stuff to carry. Consider getting a tool box with wheels. Think of something that will accommodate power tools and all the other fun toys you will be adding over time.

Basic tools for your tool box

  • Mask
  • Gloves
  • Exacto knife
  • Scissors
  • Pencil, pencil sharpener, and eraser
  • Sand Paper
  • Awl, ice pick, hand drill, or drill bit for the holes for weaving
  • Flex ruler or cloth measuring tape
  • Compass
  • Woodburner
  • Mini jigsaw
  • Dremel with flex shaft or power carver

Design and Finishing Supplies for your Tool Box

  • Notebook for notes
  • Baby wipes
  • Q-tips and other small paint applicators
  • Paint brushes
  • Water bowl to rinse brushes
  • Paints
  • Paint pallet