Stopping by to pay the rent in 2004, Maxine Osburn noticed gourds hanging from a tree near her landlords’ home. She and her husband had just relocated to Rickman, Tennessee, from upstate New York, and Osburn had never seen gourds before.
The landlords’ barn was overrun with gourds. Osburn took a few and kept coming back. She cleaned them up, asked her husband to drill holes in them and started with birdhouses.
Now, Osburn has expanded to also create and decorate gourd bowls, hanging gourds, and large one-of-a-kind pieces that look great on a porch or next to a fireplace. She shares her passion by teaching classes at the Upper Cumberland Arts Alliance and the Tennessee Volunteer Gourd Society.
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