Cleanliness: Defined as made clean.All visible exterior skin and dirt should be removed from the gourd from the tip of the stem (if present) to the blossom end; including the inside surface of tight knots, spirals, coils, curves and bends. You should not be able to see any skin or dirt remaining on the gourd.
Cultural Perfection: “Free of blemishes or damage.”
Manipulation: “To manage or control artfully.”
Innovation: New idea or Method
Uniqueness: Rare, Unusual
Green Cleaned (see below)
Degree of Difficulty: How hard was it to do?
Amount of effort required
Homemade mold or purchased mold
Number and tightness of coils
Two knots straightened out above the other in the neck is more difficult than 2 knots not in alignment
Type of knot: single overhand knot (easiest), Square and figure-eight knots more difficult
Etching that left a visible pattern after drying and cleaning; attractiveness of design
Green Cleaning Scraping the outer skin off the gourd while it was still green is intentionally separate from cleanliness. Jim Story green-cleaned most of his gourds -- but that is difficult to do without the risk of the gourd drying too fast, shrinking and cracking. BE CAREFUL! (But Jim would want you to try). - See Green Cleaning article on JSA main page