The number one concern when working with gourds is that you protect yourself from breathing in particles of gourd dust, which can contain harmful mold. If you do pyrography on gourds, you should also protect yourself from the smoke that occurs from burning your design into the shell. The best way to protect yourself from these harmful airborne dusts and molds is to select a respirator that addresses all the below listed fumes and particulates:
- Silica dust
- Wood dust
- Grain dust
- Welding fumes
Since gourd crafting is not necessarily a universal trade, this list does address the concerns associated with working with gourds. A good respirator is worth the investment for prevention of breathing harmful fumes and dust. Respirators can be viewed and selected on line, or you can contact your local county Health Department for recommendations.