This one I didn't make, but was a gift from a friend who works with gourds a lot. I'll use this container primarily for gathering. The hole enables you to attach it to a schemagh or similar when worn around the waist. It's pretty nice for gathering in my area as a good portion of edibles have stuff that likes to poke ya. (Seems no matter how benign they seem, something sharp always works it's way through fabric lol). Anyway, gonna try and incorporate a thumb hole into my next gourd container.