I was introduced to gourds several years ago by a gentleman from a neighboring town and immediately became obsessed! I started growing gourds from seeds that he gave me and have been growing them for fun and personal use ever since. I do reluctantly sell the excess gourds that are produced.
I am a self taught artist who aspires to create unusual gourd art which reflects my Acadiana roots. I enjoy carving, wood burning and dyeing using many different techniques. I am constantly learning new techniques for fun at various gourd shows. I share a fascination with gourds with members of the several gourd societies I belong to and invite you to select a gourd and create your own work of art!
I am a native of Mermentau and am a partner with four other siblings in our small family rice farm begun by our deceased parents, Arthur and Eleanor Duhon Thibodeaux. Our ancestors settled in the area in the 1850's and I am a proud member of the 11th generation of the Acadian Thibodeau family.
I am a member of American Gourd Society, the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas Gourd Societies and am currently serving as President of the Louisiana Gourd Society. The purpose of gourd societies are to educate, promote, and encourage the culture, use, history, and/or craftsmanship of gourds. Click www.louisianagourdsociety.org for information on this new group.