Hello and Welcome to my site.  My name is Ed Cimaglio and I am the
GourdMeister @BackCreekValleyGourds.com. Many years ago when I
lived in Illinois, working in graphics designing and building signs little did
I ever imagine ending up in West Virginia doing Guard Art.  

I retired, met my wife Kat, also an artist, who transplanted me to
beautiful West Virginia and we started running
Cider Mill House Bed
and Breakfast in Hedgesville, WV.  All went well until Kat decided to
grow some gourds for the fun of it.  It was enjoyable watching her while
she tended the gourds and watching them grow.....up the porch and up
the roof, out the lawn and out into the goat pen.  

When Fall came and the gourds turned brown Kat found the gourds
needed to dry before cleaning and left them outside all winter.  Spring
came and decided it might be time to clean them.  Once they were
cleaned she decided to make hanging planters and asked if I would cut
the tops and drill drain holes in the bottom.  She then painted them and
planted flowers.  This year we had gourds still left over and Kat handed
them to me and said, "see what you can do with these"  After many
days of thinking, I started working with them.

To my amazement it was a joy getting back to the artistic side of life.  It
has become a passion to learn the different techniques and come up
with different designs and things that can be made with gourds.  Now
when I am not working at the bed and breakfast I am down in my shop
cleaning, designing, doing pyrography or burning art into the gourd and
painting.  It is a new found art form for me and I have found it to be
relaxing and satisfying.  

Ed Cimaglio is now
Contact Information;
128 Fourth Bridge Rd
Hedgesville WV 25427
Back Creek Valley Gourds AND Cider Mill House are no
longer open.  Remaining gourds will be displayed at
and Trees Studio Tour
the first week in November.
Remaining Gourds will be 50% off.  Go to site
Trails and
for more information.................