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.
Back Creek Valley Gourds AND Cider Mill House are no longer open. Remaining gourds will be displayed at Trails and Trees Studio Tour the first week in November. Remaining Gourds will be 50% off. Go to site Trails and Trees for more information.................