Artisans 2014

Guitar Maker
John Whiteside

Garry Kalajian

Ron Raiselis

18th-Century Printer
R.P. Hale

Woodcarver copyWildfowl Carver
Fred Dolan

Newmarket Mills
Original woodcut by R.P. Hale

Created for the
Heritage Festival, 2009

Fly Tyer
Bob Wyatt

Judith Bastianelli

Deb Moran & Jessica Seaton

Rug Hooker
Kathy Spellacy

Letterpress Printer
Tom Johnson

candleFOR HERITAGE FESTIVAL ARTISANS, 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. “Try-It-Yourself” Artisans help festival-goers get in touch with tradition. Run the printing press, tie a fly, spin some yarn–and more.

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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


Luthier John Whiteside makes acoustic guitars and teaches guitar making in Fremont, N.H. John has been named a Master Guitar Maker by the New Hampshire Council on the Arts (National Endowment for the Arts), and also certified as a league-juried guitar maker by the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. He founded the Luthiers Group of the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers. John teaches in extremely small class settings (1-2 students) and also builds on commission. He believes each guitar should be designed and built to the player’s unique needs, like a tailor-made suit or architect-designed home. John is also an avid finger-style player, currently studying with local recording artist and performer David Surette, and has recently mastered thumb-finger independence. 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



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.

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!

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