“I found my experience at Sunapee to be extremely rewarding. Watching all of our talented members sharing their skills with the public and the camaraderie within the group epitomized what the guild represents. Was nice to interact with the public and share experiences about our craft and respond to the many questions asked about the donated pieces. Seeing such a volume of interesting and quality work was an inspiration to me to further develop my skills. Looking forward to another year under the big top!!”—Mike DiMaggio
Well Mike I write this on Friday July 24th one week from set-up for the 82nd League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury NH. Once again we will meet Friday July 31st and transform an empty tent into a showcase for the Guild of NH Woodworker’s skills and work. The fair starts the next day, August 1st and runs through the 9th. Mount Sunapee Resort is a beautiful place. A ski area in winter now becomes a venue for all variety of crafts, demonstrations, workshops, a sculpture garden and Living With Crafts, a room full of furniture and accessories, many made by Guild members. A must see.
We in our tent demonstrate woodworking skills. Musical instrument makers, woodturners, toy makers, carvers, fine furniture detailing and joinery provide a rich environment for fairgoers to encounter.
"This was my first year as a woodturning demonstrator in the Guild of NH Woodworkers booth at the League of NH Craftsmen Fair in Sunapee. It was a great experience! Being surrounded by hundreds of creative and talented artists exhibiting at the fair and the members working in the Guild booth was a stimulating experience that will enhance my own work as a woodturner. It was a pleasure to meet so many people attending the fair that were interested in watching me turn wooden eggs, especially the children. Hopefully this will inspire them to try out turning or woodworking in the future and to become Guild members."—Janet Collins
“Loved the interaction with the eager patrons...but most of all being with fellow guild members. I learned more than I demonstrated.” David Foote
“I think the demonstration process gets right to the essence of what
being a craftsman is all about. You do it unselfishly and without regard
for yourself. You do it for the craft!”—Bill Taylor
We unveil another skill as well. We sell raffle tickets. Boy do we sell raffle tickets! Over $13,000 worth last year! But then that job is not so hard. Not when you see what our members had donated. Almost 40 items! Woodturnings of every variety, furniture, toys, jewelry boxes, cutting boards, a music stand. Seems there is another aspect of these woodworkers, overwhelming generosity.
It is happening again this year. The list of demonstrators, items donated, volunteers for the raffle. All happening again. What an organization!
Thank you all—Al Hansen!