Craftsmen’s Fair has long tradition in New Hampshire

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Jeff Lind exhibiting at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair.

Jeff Lind exhibiting at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair.

The annual League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair took place Aug. 4-12 at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, N.H. The event celebrated 85 years of the league’s commitment to traditional and contemporary fine craft.

The fair draws about 25,000 visitors each year and presents work for sale, demonstrations and hands-on workshops.

Eric Johnson exhibiting at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair.

Eric Johnson exhibiting at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair.

“Locally, the Craftsmen’s Fair is a huge draw for the Lake Sunapee area, drawing thousands of people, many of whom come year after year,” New Hampshire State Representative Dan Wolf of Newbury said in a statement.

“Statewide, the League showcases its 750 members and their work. It’s a segment of the economy that I think a lot of people don’t realize is there. These are not huge manufacturing concerns, but individual craftsmen with individual businesses and they are very important to New Hampshire’s overall economy, selling around the state and throughout the world.”

For more, visit www.nhcrafts.org.

Dayton show approaches

The 37th annual Dayton Artistry in Wood Show is scheduled for Oct. 13-14 at Roberts Centre in Wilmington, Ohio.

“The show began in 1981 with the purpose to provide the very best show of its type. Each year it has continued to see an enhanced quality of work, making it a premier event for highlighting the art of woodcarving and woodworking,” according to a statement from the Dayton Carvers Guild, the show’s sponsor.

“In 2017, 3500 visitors viewed the displays of 187 woodcarving and woodworking exhibitors while many exhibitors entered 294 competition entries in Woodcarving and 54 entries in the Woodworking. Visitors and exhibitors alike took advantage of the 25 vendors in purchasing a vast variety of tools, wood, rough outs, books and supplies.”

For more, visit www.daytoncarvers.com

This article originally appeared in the September 2018 issue.

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