Sheryl is a resident of Crosby, TX. She was born and raised in Arizona; she has lived all over the United States but has spent most of her life in the Northwest and Southwest. She has been carving gourds for over 20 years, winning many awards at different gourd shows, art exhibits and fairs. Her “real” job is a computer consultant for a major consulting firm where she works as a programmer and project manager. She works on her gourds every evening and through the weekends. She finds the carving work to be very calming.
Many people ask, “what is a gourd?”. A gourd is a fruit from the family Cucurbitaceae. It is closely related to a pumpkin. They are green when ripe and if opened as soon as they are ripe have a meat or pulp similar to a pumpkin, however the pulp is very bitter tasting and is not good to eat. Gourds have been used since ancient times as musical instruments, masks, utensils, plates, and to carry water. They grow in many different shapes and sizes from the size of a tennis ball to 5 – 6 foot in height and 4 foot in diameter.