My lovely coworker makes the most amazing gourds and I have this new found respect for the art of gourd making. I joined her one day and went through the process of cleaning, scrubbing, drilling, ripping the stuff out, and sanding the inside. All necessary prep-work before you can actually work on the gourd. Once this was complete, I could actually start laying down the design and applying diff. layers and stains.
It really is an act of love - it takes hours and days to make just one perfect gourd. Since I'm horrible at documenting my stuff (once I start a project I forget to take a picture of the next step and before I know it I've finished), I didn't get the chance to take a picture of each step-but in this case I think it's a good thing. I wouldn't want to give out her secrets of the trade. These were my first two gourds, after these I went into early retirement, but check her gourds out...she is awesome.