Susan and her husband Jack retired to the area in 2004. Jack is a retired Submariner and Susan a retired teacher. They have been “tinkering” with crafts and word-working for the past 45 years. In the early 2000’s, they were owners of a crafts store and enjoyed making various items to sell.
Susan enjoys every aspect of working with gourds; from talking with gourd farmers to choosing, cleaning and preparing them for use. She most enjoys enhancing the natural beauty of the gourd and using its shape to dictate its final design.
She uses leather dyes and waxes to color and finish the gourds.