Sounds of thunder were coming from a recent woodcarving seminar which taught how to make a thunder gourd. Cathy Gray from Lebanon, who is a member of the Lake of the Ozarks Woodcarving Club, taught the seminar in July.
She brought in the already hollowed out gourds of different sizes and shapes. Each carver picked out one design of their choice and traced it onto the gourd. The designs were varied — cactus scenes, horses, Indian designs, wolves, coyotes and paw prints. Next, participants carved out sections of the design and dyed the gourd with leather dye. After that, they glued membrane onto the bottom of the gourd. (The bottom had already been sawed off.) The last step was inserting a long spring in the middle of the membrane.
When shaken the gourd gives off a beautiful, deep sound like thunder.
The Lake of the Ozarks Woodcarving Club meets every third Monday at 7 p.m. at the Camdenton United Methodist Church, with a carving project usually before the meeting. There’s also carving at the Laurie Senior Center on Wednesdays from noon to 2:30 p.m. and on Thursdays at the Camdenton Senior Center from 9 a.m. until lunchtime. Beginners are welcome.
For more information on the thunder gourds call Cathy Gray at 417-588-3864, and for more information on the woodcarving club call the club president, Richard Wallace at 573-346-3859.