We have been involved for several years producing creative artwork that has enabled us to combine our creative skills. Fiber and Textile Arts held our interest when we lived in the Colorado Mountains, but when we moved to the Southwest, we rediscovered the organic beauty of gourds and gourd art. Our very first experience with Gourds came 45 years ago, from local artists in the Cameroon, West Africa when we were there doing Medical Mission work. They decorated their gourds with burning sticks, carving in simple designs of snakes and spiders. They used their gourds for practical purposes as well as an art form. Early travel experiences can certainly touch the rest of your lives. Being self-taught artists, we experimented at first with carving, painting and decorating simple bowls and figures, but soon moved on to the more interesting and challenging Gourd Totems. Our local mesquite wood became strong, sound and beautiful bases for our totems. We work together in our home workshop and studio, always collaborating on the design and construction of each gourd and totem. Since we do not strive for absolute authentication of historic design, we prefer to put our own artistic interpretation in each Totem. We hope you enjoy our vision of these “Treasures of the Desert” in your home, as much as we enjoy making them!