I'm having a blast carving and painting these gourds. I love the natural beauty and imperfections of the gourds skin and the many creative things you can do with them! After I've cleaned and carved the Black Oak and Maple leaf pattern into the gourd I lightly stain it with transparent gourd paint and sprayed clear acrylic as a sealant. I have heated and sealed the inside of the gourd with paraffin wax. The gourd bowl is 27" around and is 6" tall. Thank you for visiting!