Rock River Valley Carvers of Wisconsin. Inc.

is a 501(c4) Non-profit organization in Janesville, Wisconsin


You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

​                                           Oscar Wilde


​​This is the fourth in a series of free how-to seminars being provided by the Rock River Valley Carvers of Wisconsin, Inc. These presentations are given at the Janesville Senior Center at 69 Water Street Janesville Wisconsin on the first Thursday of the month. The program will start at approximately 7:30 p.m. and conclude prior to 9:00p.m.  This presentation will be on May 7, 2015

The idea of designing decorative gourds came to him while attending craft shows. Soon after Gary Kvalheim started reading books then magazines about required materials and techniques. By practicing one learns through effort and failures. But, he found that the potential for transforming gourds into decorative pieces was nearly without limits.

With some, Gary started with a design or theme in mind; then looked for a gourd to compliment his vision. With others, he studied a gourd to find an inspiration, based on the shapes, colors, surface textures, and other unique characteristics. He uses a Dremel tool for carving and cutting, After that, color is added with leather dyes, paint, metallic pearescent powders, and any number of other mixed media.

Of course, not all gourds are complete with just carving and color. Sometimes he has to incorporate design elements to round out the piece. Because each gourd has it own unique size, shape, coloration, and  texture, each one is in itself a true orginial. Gary just picks up where Mother Nature left off, and tries to make it an orginial piece of art.