- Gourd Art Home
- Gourd Art: Wildlife
- Gourd Art: Nature-Inspired
- Gourd Art: Human Portraits
- New Wildlife Gourd Art
- New Abstract Gourd Art
- Gourd Musical Instruments
- Gourd Masks
- Gourd Art at Sale Prices
- Pyrography on Paper
- Gourd Banjo Website
- BUYING GOURDS
- Making A Gourd Mask
- Short Stories by Loafman
His short-story collection is due to be published by Shelstealers in a year. Click on link to read a sample from the short-story collection.
Welcome to Elwha River Gourd Art, home of fine gourd art galleries with detailed pyrography and hand-crafted gourd banjos and other gourd musical instruments by gourd artist Patrick Loafman.
Patrick is also an author of two poetry chapbooks, and has a collection of short stories accepted for publication by the new press Shelfstealers. He is also the editor of The Dandelion Farm Review, an online poetry journal.
4/12/11: An article on Patrick and his gourd art can be seen in the latest Northern Dipper Newsletter:
3/20/11 Patrick finshed making his first kora, a 21-string Afican harp, which can be seen on his gourd banjo site.
ABOUT GOURDS AND PATRICK LOAFMAN'S GOURD ART
Hard-shelled gourds and humans share an ancient history: People used gourds to hold water and wine, to cook stews and store grain, long before pottery and weaving were invented. Patrick Loafman of Elwha River Gourd Art became interested in gourds over a decade ago, and drew on his experience with pen and ink drawing to try pyrography (woodburning) on gourds. He has experimented with a variety of dyes, stains, watercolors, acrylics and shoe polishes on gourds for coloration. Patrick, a wildlife biologist, brings a passion for nature into stunning realistic wildlife portraits burned into gourds. He is also a musician who makes and plays his own hand-crafted gourd banjo as well as gourd drums, thumb pianos, rainsticks, shekeries, rattles and even a didgeradoo. Patrick now also uses pyrography on watercolor paper.
Click on the left to view his gourd art galleries.