Carved in 2007, this gourd bowl has very thin walls. I thought it would be interesting to carve it to look like leaves with the negative spaces cut out to help add to the illusion that it is made from real leaves. The oak leaves are like those found on trees here in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is colored with Minwax oil-based stains. I did this so the natural characteristics of the gourd can show through. These stains are also not UV sensitive. I chose them partly for this fact. I do not wan the colors to fade easily which can happen with many other coloring methods used on gourds. I also shose this method because I did not want to use paint which so many other people use.