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Some photos from this year's Guild booth

To The membership,
With the closing of the 2016 Sunapee fair, I would like to congratulate all the participants who worked so diligently to make this years outing such a resounding success. The quality of the donated pieces was truly exceptional and many of the members donated numerous articles to the raffle. We cannot thank Al Hansen ( enough for his incredible work ethic and tireless efforts that makes this fair the success that it is each year. And a special thanks to the many demonstrators who mesmerized the audience with their extraordinary artistry.

Although I am still somewhat of a neophyte to our organization, I have come to realize that there is a core of individuals who each year rise to the challenge and create wonderful artifacts that make out raffle so successful, With ~550 members, we would think that there should be greater participation to this most worthy cause, which is the primary fundraiser for our organization—all proceeds go to our Grant Program. I encourage you to consider donating a piece to the Fair for next year as the rewards realized far outweigh the energy expended. We have the finest organization of its type in this country and I ask you to support it with your generous contributions of your work and time. Thank you.

Mike DiMaggio, President GNHW

The Period Furniture Group will undertake construction of a candle stand this fall. This unique project has elements we have not attempted in recent Al Breed classes. This includes sliding dovetails for the pedestal leg and a good size turning.

There will be three sessions provided for the project occurring at the usual time of 9:00 AM at Al’s shop—dates are September 17, November 5 and December 3 of this year.

There is the opportunity in this project to add personal touches such as altering top or foot arrangements, and given the relatively fewer elements and material requirements, you may consider producing multiple stands. Perhaps even some carving may be introduced on the pedestal leg or top.

I will ask Al if he can conduct a ‘Sunday’ class for this if enough people express an interest in the carving—please let me know ASAP. As always, Al will prepare drawings for a moderate reimbursement during the first class.

Ed Taylor
Period Furniture Group

The Guild sponsors woodworking demonstrations for the public at the League of NH Craftsmen’s Annual Fair in Sunapee each August. Items are made and sold through a raffle to raise money for the Guild Grant Program.

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From Guild member David Witham

Friends lost their 1770 cape to fire. They rescued some family heirlooms with fire/smoke/water damage and are looking to hire an experienced furniture restorer to do the repairs. One piece is an 1800 Portsmouth piece and two items are very early Windsor chairs.

If you have a lead, contact David Witham at


My name is Darren, and I oversee the hiring here at Camp Cody, which is located in Freedom, New Hampshire. I wanted to contact you as Camp Cody still has some woodworking positions open for this upcoming summer.

As a woodworking instructor, you do not need to hold any certifications but just have experience and the love of the activity. You would be in charge of teaching and leading woodworking lessons to groups of children for our summer period of 8 weeks.

You must be at least 18 years old. You can apply for this role at the website.

Thank you in advance for your help and please let me know if you have any questions, I'd love to go into further details about the position.

Best regards,


The Hiring Team

Camp Cody • (603) 539-4997 •


Live woodworking demos, live music, food and tool yard sale at open house.

Newmarket, NH, June 1, 2016 – Homestead Woodworking School is hosting an open house celebration  to honor their 20 years of sharing the love of hands-on learning.

On the afternoon of June 26, 2016  from 3 to 6 p.m., the seacoast school will host past and present students, teachers, friends, family and community members. Highlights of the day include live demos of wood finishing by Gary Wood, chain saw carving by Kevin Gelinas, wood turning by Christopher and Wayne Belair and hand cut dove tails and a two-man saw cutting competition. Additionally, former student-turned luthier-John Whiteside and some of his guitar making students will entertain with live music and the school will provide plenty of food and drink.

Past and current students and teachers are encouraged to bring their finished projects they’ve built for display in an “instant gallery.”

All open house attendees are welcome to bring unused, or underused tools and woodworking items they no longer need to sell in a “yard sale.” There will be no charge for tables but please contact the school ahead of time to determine how much space is needed.

Community members are encouraged to visit the 20-year anniversary open house on June 26, 2016 from 3 – 6 p.m. at 52 Bald Hill Road Newmarket, NH.

If you would like more information please contact Alan Mitchell at 603-659-2345 or email at

Download the press release below for more information.

Other News

The Guild’s Steering Committee is responding to a request to provide a list of members who have specific skills and who are willing to share those skills and/or answer questions from members who are in search of learning these skills.  This may come as an e-mail or a call with a quick question about any topic the member may need a little help on.  This should not equate to a training session or class.

In an effort to maximize the vast array of talents and areas of expertise within our guild, the following survey will provide information for a database of specific skills of only those who wish to share them.  It will also identify if a member is willing to share their skills, how they wish to be contacted.

Please note that this survey is completely voluntary and that the participation will be completely dependent on the access and time commitment that each member chooses to provide.

Thank you in advance for your participation and continued support in making the GNHW the finest organization of its kind.

Guild News

After a period of inactivity, The Boat Building Subgroup (BBSG) is starting up again. With renewed interest of a few members, some organizational meetings were held to explore how to get the BBSG back afloat.

In January, at the urging of the Guild Steering Committee, Bob Couch and Jon Seigel gathered about a half dozen interested members to an organizational meeting in Concord. We discussed if we should reorganize and what directions the BBSG could take. During that first meeting, we developed a questionnaire to be distributed to the BBSG members. We wanted to get a feeling of the members interests and what skills they had, could teach, and/or wanted to learn. With less than ten people responding, we got a little information to lead us.

We met for a follow up meeting to review the results of the questionnaire. We found that there were as many interests in types of boats as there are types of boats. Most members wanted to build a specific boat from scratch or kits, ranging from kayaks to sailboats to small powerboats. Most liked an individual project but would entertain a group effort. Restorations were also considered. Almost all expressed a need to learn more. There seemed to be enough interest to restart the BBSG meetings

Since Nate Carey stepped down from the BBSG lead position, we had to select a new leader. Everyone at the organizational meeting took a step back and left me front and center. Actually, I gladly accepted the position. In reality, I know close to nothing about boats. But I think I share the enthusiasm of the other interested members in wanting to learn and build and take on a challenge. I will try, with the help of the group, to find interesting projects, teachers, and plans that we can enjoy - all with the ultimate goal of building that boat that we’ve been dreaming about for years.

Please consider adding the BBSG to your list of interests. You don’t need any particular boat building skills. Just come with some interest, passion, dreams, and it might help if you can talk like a pirate.

The meetings restart in May at Andy Johnson’s where he is restoring a Jersey Speed Skiff. This involves oak frame steam bending and copper riveting.

Submitted by Stan Paras

Guild News
Boat Builders

Turning Around America:
On the Road with Sanctuary, a/k/a Project 5

Hi Everyone,

We are selling Sanctuary T-Shirts as a fundraiser for Project 5 – On The Road with Sanctuary. This July, we will take off for a month of mobile arts teaching on the road. It will be Sanctuary’s maiden voyage. Peters Valley Craft Center is the first stop where we will teach a class in Stop Animation. The next stop will be to the Town of Shepardstown, West Virginia. There, we have the opportunity for a one-week mobile arts teaching extravaganza, this will include, animation, printmaking, bookmaking and woodturning. We need your help to complete this trip. The purchase of a T-shirt will be a 50-dollar donation toward our teaching travel fund. These shirts are custom designed by Jenn. Please help us continue our mission of mobile arts education, buy them for your family and friends. You can click on the active links to visit our website to see the variety of colors, styles, and sizes.

Thank you so much for your continued support and encouragement,

Beth Ireland
Jenn Moller

Turning Around America      Sanctuary T-Shirt Promo

Other News

The Gallery at The Craft Center and League of NH Craftsmen Headquarters Hosts Fine Craft Exhibition: New Hampshire Furniture Masters, Prison Outreach Program, and the Guild of NH Woodworkers April 4 – June 20, 2014.

The exhibition is on display at The Gallery at the League of NH Craftsmen Headquarters on 49 S. Main Street in Concord, NH. The Gallery hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, with extended hours on Thursdays until 7:00 pm, and Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

An opening reception was held on Friday, April 4. A sampling of photos of the event is here. See the list of approx 40 artists here.

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