Original woodcut by R.P. Hale
Created for the
Heritage Festival, 2009
Deb Moran & Jessica Seaton
|IN THE HERITAGE FESTIVAL ARTISAN TENT the past is very much present: Watch, learn, participate–and be inspired!
* Artisans at Work share their passion for the past and the secrets of their craft with festival-goers.
* “Try-It-Yourself” Artisans help festival-goers get in touch with tradition. Run the printing press, tie a fly, spin some yarn–and more.
Parents: The Artisan Tent is a wonderful spot for children–and adults. Please be sure you stay with your children. Read more about the many kid-friendly activities at the festival here.
Artisans: The 2012 festival is no longer accepting applications. Interested in 2013? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.————————————————————————————————
ARTISANS AT WORK
Garry Kalajian operates Ararat Forge in Bradford, N.H., where he produces functional pieces based on both historic and original designs. The common denominator is the nearly exclusive use of traditional tools and techniques. more
Craftsmen who make wooden barrels are called “coopers,” a word probably derived from the Latin word for vat, cupa. In New England, coopers arrived with the first English settlers in the 1620s, and their craft was essential to commerce and daily life. The fishing industry used barrels for shipping pickled and dried fish. Farmers used them for storing grains, butter, and cider. Merchants used them for hardware and dried goods. The whaling industry used barrels to store tools, provisions, and, of course, whale oil. Ron Raiselis, a cooper at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, makes his living demonstrating the traditional art of barrel making. more
Allan Batchelder builds dulcimers, beautiful stringed instruments treasured for their delicate sound. From the Graeco-Roman for “sweet song,” the dulcimer is related to the harp and the piano. Allan makes two types of dulcimers: the trapezoid-shaped hammered dulcimer brought to Colonial America from Europe and played with felt-covered hammers, and the hourglass-shaped Appalachian dulcimer from the mountains of the southern United States. more
Fred Dolan grew up next door to a bird carver. During stints in construction, school teaching and family business, Fred pursued his own passion for carving, eventually turning his hobby into a full-time profession in 1989. Fred was among the New Hampshire craftspeople featured at the 1999 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC. more
Wearing period costume, R. P. Hale demonstrates wood engraving and letterpress printing. On his 18th-century printing press, he creates original engravings of some of Newmarket’s historic buildings. Shown below: Newmarket Mills, original woodcut created by R.P. Hale for the 2009 festival. more
CHINESE BRUSH PAINTER
Create traditional Chinese brush paintings and calligraphy with Bruce Iverson.
Try fly tying with Bob Wyatt, who uses his artistry to imitate the look, flutter, wiggle, color, and silhouette of a bug or bait fish.
Witness the process of creating unique handmade pots with Jessica Seaton and Deb Moran.
Join Newmarket resident Tom Johnson for demonstrations of the art of printing–and create your own bookmarks using an antique letterpress.
FUSED GLASS ARTIST
Make glass and ceramic magnets with Alesia Dopson and the folks from To Your Art’s Content.
Discover the traditional art of rug hooking with Kathy Spellacy from Wool and Goods.
Judith Bastianelli works her spinning wheel, demonstrating the magical transformation of wool into yarn. Make your own drop spindle and learn your own spinning magic!
Join “The Bonnie Weaver,” Pat Lipman, and try your hand at this beautiful traditional craft. Leave with a treat to take home: a woven bookmark.
Rick Arnold--whose family includes three generations of wood-turners–demonstrates the turning of spinning tops and 6-inch baseball bats given away free of charge to any children who stop by to watch.