Alpha II Chapter of the American Gourd Society


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We are a fun group that looks for ways to promote the history, growing and crafting of gourds; we will provide informational and educational services to our members, support the sharing of ideas, and enjoy the fellowship with our members.

Current Officers as of 1/1/2017
President: Terry Noxel (
Treasurer:  Elaine Johnson (
Secretary: Georgia Rennie (
Directors: Graham Ottoson, Leanna Donald, Julie Mooney & Joanne Nichols

Messages:(1)  To become a member or renew your membership please download the form below, (2) Congratulations to Graham and Otto Ottoson the winners of the 2016 AGS Jim Story Award for manipulated gourds.

Upcoming Event in July
Let's Make Gourd Name Tags and Gourd Hats!
July 15th 11 am to 4 pm
 Terry's home: 100 Barton Rd., Windsor, NY
 Cost $5 for members ($10 for non-members) - (pay at the workshop)
 RSVP to
 Bring a dish to share for lunch and something for Show & Tell

Name Tag Description: For the name tag you will be given a piece of gourd that is cutout - shaped like a canteen gourd (approx 3" wide by 2" tall) and a the choice of a clip or a pin back to enable the name tag to be worn. The rest is up to you!  Plan your lettering style, colors, designs, and/or embellishments! Bring the tools/supplies you would need to implement your design.  We can help each other, but you're in charge of your own name tag! (We think it'll take about 1 hr to do this)

Gourd Hat Description: This is another project that you need to plan ahead for.

  •  Come up with a plan for the style/theme/design for "your" hat.  It can be anything you'd like. Santa Hat? Easter bonnet?  Baseball cap or your favorite sport/team? Cowboy hat? perhaps after your favorite animal? Firefighter helmet? there are so many types of hats... maybe you'd want to go to Google Images and type in Hats.
  • Once you've got an idea, you need to decide what shape gourd(s) you will need to make your hat. If you're going to the PA Gourd Gathering, purchase what you'll need.  If you need Graham or me to be your gourd shopper please email us with your specific needs before June 16th.
  • Your other challenge will be to figure out how to securely fit the hat to your head. Some ideas include buying a hat that fits you and figuring out how you could attach the gourd hat to it; maybe you could find a sports helmet and repurpose the adjustable inside portion to be inside your gourd hat; another idea is to use stuffing or pieces of foam to pad the interior of the hat. Bring your ideas for this aspect of the hat and help each other!
  • Of course the assembling and decorating of your hat is another part of this activity that you will do your way.  We'll have adhesives for your use but you should bring your tools and supplies needed to implement your design! Of course I have some tools that can be borrowed if you don't have them to bring.
  •  PS. If you need driving directions, send me a note at

    2017 Calendar Overview (details to follow)
  • June - PA Fest, Lebanon PA - classes will be posted April 1, 2017
  • July 15: Gourd Hats and Name Tags will be held in Windsor (Terry's place)
  • August 19: Weaving or Knotless Netting on Gourd Rims, Windsor (Terry's place)
  • September 9:  Playing with Colors, Products, Embellishments and more with Leah Reed from Blue Whale Arts. This will be at Gourdlandia (Graham's place)
  • October 21: Rainstick with Terry Noxel at the Jamesville Train Station, Syracuse
  • November 11: Teneriffe (Thread weaving) with Terry N & Julie Mooney at the Town of Chenango Town Hall, Binghamton
  • December 9: Wreath and Snowman gourd ornament (Raylene & Leanna Donald) Brooktondale

  •   News and Past Events

    About Us

    The New York State Gourd Society (NYSGS) was established on February 19, 2011 at the NYS Gourd Gathering held at EcoVillage in Ithaca. Terry Noxel had worked up a Constitution and By-Laws in accordance with those of other state gourd societies. Together with Graham Ottoson and Pete Luellen the NYS Gourd Gathering was planned and held.

    The NYGS is a young organization of people who love gourds and everything about them. We have a group site on Yahoo and offer gourding help in any way we can. 

    Membership Dues are $12 per calendar year. (Pro-rated the year you join)

    Memberships are renewed in January of subsequent years

    Membership application form

    Constitution & 
     link to PDF



    The NYSGS Board wants to encourage the formation of gourd patches across NYS with the purpose of working on gourd projects, sharing ideas and techniques. The folks in central NY have formed The Pepo's Republic od NY and encourage you to contact Terry at if you want information on this patch. We hope that others will also want to gather a small group of their gourd friends for monthly (more or less) get-togethers. Your friends do not have to be members of NYSGS or AGS to join your patch, but information on how to join should be offered. No officers or dues are necessary, and you set your own plans, meeting dates & time, etc.

    Suggestions for getting a NYSGS Patch started in your area can be found at this link: gourdpatch.pdf

    Your Patch can be listed here Contact Terry with your information (


    Member Sites
    Graham Ottoson --
  • Gourd Safety Fact Sheet  
  • How to Clean a Gourd Fact Sheet  
  • Gourd Growing Fact Sheet 

  • Suggested Books
  •   Gourds in Your Garden (Summit)  
  •   Gourd Fun for Everyone (Crawford)  
  •   The Decorated Gourd (Peterson)  
  •   Making Gourd Dolls (Summit & Widess)  
  •   The Complete Book of Gourd Craft (Summit & Widess) 
  •   InLace Techniques (Sloan)  
  •   Chip-Carving Gourds (Rehm) 
  •   Beyond Basics Gourd Art (MacFarlane)  
  •   Complete Book of Gourd Carving (Summit & Widess)  
  •   Gourd Pyrography (Widess)  
  •   New Gourd Art with Ink Dyes (Dellos)  
  •   Gourds with Southwestern Motifs (Gibson)  
  •   Weaving on Gourds (Barnes)  
  •   Antler Art for Baskets and Gourds (Sloan) 
  • Gourd Societies
  • PA Gourd Society: 
  • Ohio Gourd Society: 
  • American Gourd Society:  
  • Gourd Growers
  • Cullen Pumpkin Farm, Richfield Springs NY; 315-867-387; 
  • Eli Smucker 717-354-6118 
  • Henry Beiler 717-687-8797  
  • Ellen Dalton, Pumpkin Hollow Gourds, 870-598-3568 
  • Gourd Craft Supplies
  • Blue Whale Arts  
  • Primitive Originals  
  • Turtlefeathers 
  • Nedra Denison & Sawdust Connection