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Hyper-Realistic Gourd Turtles
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All artwork and information (C) to Cara Bevan and Art from the Heart.   
My very first gourd sculpture, made in 2007, was a gourd turtle. It started with a random idea that turned a fascination. I have my artsy gardener
grandmother to thank for that! Since then I've created a long standing series of gourd turtles. Every turtle I've made is based off of a real species
backed by real life and studied research. I make miniatures (3" long) up to very large life-sized sea turtles.

The pictures below are just a sampling of what I've made and may not be available. Check my online stores to see what I have in stock.
Every sculpture is handmade and one-of-a-kind, so check often for updates!






Want to purchase a gourd turtle? You can buy them directly from my online shop. You can also order a custom made gourd turtle by Contacting me.
Gourd Turtles
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HR Turtle #1 - "Snappy" the leucistic Alligator Snapping turtle. 14" long.
Hyper-realistic Turtle #3, the Yellow-blotched Sawback
Hyper-realistic Turtle #2 - Chinese Box Turtle
Miniature Hyper-Realistic Turtle #1 - 3-toed box turtle. Only 2.5" long!
"Eve" the Pinta Island Tortoise, #HR15. 17.5" long.
MHR turtle #2 - Northern Diamondback Terrapin
#HR4: "George" the Galapagos Tortoise. 14" long.
Miniature Turtles
All of my gourd turtles, both realistic and
stylized, use several breeds of gourds. For
medium and large turtles I use a gourd
called the 'maranka', or 'caveman' gourd.
For heirloom 'miniature spinner' gourd. I use
canteen gourds, dippers, and hybrid
basketball gourds for others. Each turtle
consists of one or two gourds for the shell
and pieces for the legs, neck, and head. I
use air-drying and epoxy based clays to
form all of their details with added glass
eyes and cedar wood bases.
Set of miniature Florida Box Turtles and Chinese Box Turtles
Gourd Sculptures
Every miniature turtle, made with a single heirloom spinner gourd, is 100% handmade. I grow the gourds myself and use
air-drying clay to sculpt their features. Then they are hand painted to resemble a real species. All are about 3 inches long.
HR Turtle # 8, Loggerhead Sea Turtle. 15" long
My largest gourd turtle to date, "Mama" the Green Sea Turtle is over 18" long. She's made of 9 gourds and many pounds of clay.
Every bit of her flippers, head, and shell is detailed like a real turtle. She's perched on vintage cypress driftwood.
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"Woodrow" the Wood Turtle. 14" long
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A larger Yellow-Blotched Sawback turtle, 10.5" long
Green Sea Turtle, 10" (#HR9).
Turtle HR #13 - a beach colored Loggerhead Sea Turtle. Custom order.
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Loggerhead Sea Turtle #HR14. 15" long
Bruce the Moss-backed Loggerhead. 15" long and wide.
"Magnus" the Magma tortoise. 10" long
"Earl" the Eastern Box Turtle. 11" long.