All A-Gourd: Create a Decorative Squash

Tuesday, December 5, 2023 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Age Requirements: 

18+ and minors 13+ with Guardian Supervision

Legal Guardian must be present and a waiver must be signed on behalf of the minor.

Gourd pyrography, or wood burning on gourds, is the art of decorating gourds with burn marks using various heated tools. This workshop will provide an overview of the art of gourd pyrography and allow participants to wood burn their own design into a dried gourd of their choice. Participants will learn how to use a wood burning tool, how to deal with the somewhat tricky surface of gourds, and how to stain and seal their gourd design.

Participants are encouraged to bring seasonal leaves or flowers to use in their designs, or they may draw and trace their own designs directly on the gourd. Various gourd shapes and sizes will be available for participants to choose from, including those ready to become bird houses or decorative bowls. 

No experience is necessary, this is an ideal starting workshop for someone newly interested in wood burning gourds. Each participant will leave with a decorative gourd to display and use as they see fit! 


General Public: $67
Partnership Members: $60
MakeHaven Members: $56

Real name: 
Sydney Perlotto


Instructor Bio: 

Sydney Perlotto is a public health graduate student based in New Haven, CT who hails originally from the Southeastern United States. She enjoys dabbling in a variety of folk art and crafts, including ceramics, woodburning, weaving, and printmaking. She also is incredibly fond of exploring art from around the world and spent two years living and working in rural Peru alongside Quechua women artisans. When she’s not studying or crafting, Sydney enjoys going on bike rides, reading in her hammock, and seeking out the best clam chowder.


1st Floor Room

This educational room has seating and tables suitable for instruction away from the noise of the main workshop. It is located on the first floor of 770 Chapel Street. Guests should ring the MakeHaven doorbell, then proceed down the long hallway. When you get the main MakeHaven staircase by the double elevators, rather than go downstairs, proceed through the double glass doors, take a right down the hallway and you will see a room with a big robot sticker on the door.

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Our facilities undergo periodic reviews to maximize ADA compliance. We offer accessible bathrooms, elevators, and wide walkways. In tool usage, we aim for universal access and work individually to adapt tools for safe usage as necessary. If you anticipate needing an adaptation to participate in this event or have further questions, please contact us at