Kimberly artist features gourds

Paul Baughton of Kimberly showed his works at Pioneer Bank this month. The Eagle/TIM ADAMS

JOHN DAY - Paul Baughton showed his works at Pioneer Bank this past month. Baughton, a resident of Kimberly, works with gourds which he grows himself on his organic farm and said this is the first year he has been a gourd artist.

"It takes about 12 months from the time you plant the seeds before they are ready," Baughton said. "They ripen in about 120 days, if the weather is warm enough, and then you have to wait three to six months for them to dry."

Baughton explained that after the gourds are dry, the skin is scraped off and the seeds are removed.

"The seeds are removed, except for the ones used as rattles," Baughton said. "The ones I have on display here at the bank are decorated with colored pencils or with a woodburning tool."

Baughton's artwork also is on display at the Strawberry Mountain Gallery in John Day at the Dayville Mercantile.

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