I found this style of gourd container on Primitive Ways. It's an awesome site if anyone hasn't checked it out. I've got a couple of more suitable gourds to make a few more of these, but I also have some seeds from this one started. Fingers crossed. The key is to trace a circle, I used a mug, in a flat plane on the gourd. Otherwise, your edges won't meet. After cutting it out I sanded the edges smooth a little, used an awl for the lacing holes, and braided up some raffia grass for the connecting cord. Any cordage would work. I'll probably use leather for the next one. It currently holds some natural cordage for handlines and other primitive fishing tools. @Caleb O I think I have a gourd that will work for your gathering basket as well.