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Just how many types or shapes of Gourds are there is a question many ponder as they look at their new Gourd Carousel ™. In all there are over 700 different gourds growing around the world within 140 different genera. Even with this vast variation, all of them come from 4 distinct species of gourds or squashes as some people refer to them as.

They are all Cubcurbitaceae family and are Cucurbita mixta, Cucurbita maxima, Cucurbita moshata and Cucurbita pepo. The common names of the same type of gourds from different places on earth many vary, but could be the same.

The variations are shapes are a little more compressed than types. There are about 23 common shapes that includes the banana, club, canteen, cannon ball, Mexican bottle, basketball, large African bushel, short handled dipper, long handled dipper, kettle and Chinese bottle to name a few.

The bushel basket or kettle gourd is one that is very commonly used in the Gourd Carousel ™ because of it size. This is one of the largest gourds grown and provides a large smooth surface that is used as the canopy for the display.

In some instances, when the supply is known, the baton shaped gourds can be used as support poles. These are long slender gourds that can handle the weight distribution of a Gourd Carousel ™.

The size of the largest gourd was recorded in 1994. This was at the Gourd Olympic at Elgin, Ontario where a squash was recorded to weigh 900 pounds. This record stood for only 2 years when a 1,061 pound pumpkin was found and recorded. The last record breaker was the 1,337 pound pumpkin that was grown in Manchester, New Hampshire in 2002.

The gourds used for the creation of the Gourd Christmas Carousels being sold is being supplied by the local Amish farmers. These are vine gourds, which mean they grow on the ground. This is unlike the calabash gourds which grow on trees in the Caribbean and in Central America. While they do grow up to 10 inches in diameter, importing them is at time problematic. They also have an extremely hard shell that could only be broken open by a horse stepping on them in the past.

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While the smaller gourds are known to be very colorful, the larger ones are mostly just green and tan. The larger ones are also smooth without the pimples and bumps of the smaller more decorative gourds. This makes the larger ones easier to paint so a particular scene can be realized easier.

No matter what type of gourd you decide to use to create your work of art, there are a few commonalities between them. To preserve the hard dried shell of your gourd, there must be a sealer applied. This is generally done after it is painted. This will allow any creation you decide to make last longer. It is also what is done to every Gourd Carousel ™ that is sold. This allows for the beauty and elegance of the creation to last many generations.

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