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Links & Suppliers

Welburn Gourd Farm
     Toll free phone:  1-877-720-2613
     Address:  40635 De Luz Rd.
                        Fallbrook, CA  92028

Not only does Welburn have gourds, but they also furnish gourds that are clean.
Over the last few years, they have added a lot of supplies to their web page. They carry carving burs, rotary carver, ink dyes, Class DVDs, and whole lot more.  

Turtle Feathers
     Owner:  David Wuttke
     Phone:  828-488-8536
I purchased my woodburner from David.  That was ten years agom, and it's still going strong.  David carries nearly anything you would need to work on a gourd.

Tandy Leather
​They carry a large variety of leather stains and conditioners.  This is where I purchase my turquoise riverts for my tooling pieces.

Royalwood, LTD
     Phone:  1-419-526-1630
     Toll Free Phone:  1-800-526-1630
This is where I purchase my waxed linen for the closed and pine needle coiling.  They also carry a large variety of basket items.

Florida Pine Needles
This the only place I purchase my pine needles.  They are wonderful golden brown needles that are clean.  She has different types to purchase that are premium (longer), regular length, and dyed needles.

Sawdust Connection
     Owner:  Nedra Denison
Nedra carries Razertip pyrography tools and accessories, Proxxon and Minicraft mini saws, Foredom rotary tools, Razaire portable dust collection system, inks, paints, and so much more all at discounted prices.  She also has free online tutorials on pyrography and gourd art.

Treeline USA
Good source for carving burs, carving sets, etc.  They also carry the Roto Chisels that create interesting texture on gourds that I'm really having fun using.

The Woodcraft Shop
     phone:  800-397-2278
If you need it, I think they probably have it.  They have books, full line of burs, hand tools, chip carving supplies, digital books on CDs, power equipment, all kinds of sanding 'stuff,' woodburning units and pens, air brush equipment, Jo Sonja paints which is what I normally use. They also carry the large mops that will smooth the inside of the gourd and mini-mops that I use as a final sanding.  

Wood Carvers Supply, Inc.
     orders:  1-800-284-6229
     questions:  1-941-460-0123
They have just about everything a carver needs.  I purchased top quality burs from them to help me get better at carving.  Had problems with my Micro-Pro carver, and they walked me through fixing it.  Great service and fast delivery.

Jimmy Holton
     Phone:  830-285-5101
He carries a big variety of items for working on a gourd.  Some of them are wooburners (Razertip, Burnmaster, Micro Pro, & Optima) and their pens  He also carries Apoxie Sculpt, Inlay and InLace items, They don't have a web site because they like talking to their customers to make sure you are getting what you need.

​Blue Whale Arts
     phone:  603-679-1961
Another location that carries a huge variety of supplies.  You really need to look at their web site to see all the things they carry.  I don't think they carry carving supplies.

The following are the main places I purchase my supplies and find them reliable.
Discount Web Sites for Art Materials

Dick Blick .....
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Gourd Farms

Amish Gourds
     phone:  877-843-0770
     state:  Pennsylvania

Bayou Gourd Farm
     owners:  Tom & Zelda Hornsby
     phone:  318-445-3969
     address:  PO Box 4601
                     972 Brannon Road
                      Pineville, LA 71361

Clausen Gourd Farm
     owner:  ​Roger & Debbie Clausen
     phone:  903-364-5475
     address:  5835 East Line Road
                     Whitewright, TX  75491

Hearnsberger Gourd Farm
     owner:   Greg & Phyllis Hearnsberger
      phone:  870-798-3610
      address:  436 6th Street
                      Hampton, Arkansas 71744 

Pumpkin Hollow Gourds
     owners:  Darrell & Ellen Dalton
     address:  610 CR 336
                     Piggott, Arkansas  72454
     phone:  870-598-3568  

Sandylady's Gourd Farm
     owner:  Helen Thomas
     state:  Indiana

Welburn Gourd Farm, Inc.
     toll free phone:  1-877-720-2613
     address:  40635 De Luz Rd
                     Fallbrook, CA 92028

Wuertz Gourd Farm
     managers:  Waylon, Leah, & Clayton Wuertz
     phone:  520-723-4432
     fax:  520-723-7245
     address:  2487 East Hwy 287
                     Casa Grande, AZ 85194

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