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N.H. Open Doors provides a window into makers’ work

  • Birds on the Wing Design in Loudon, owned by Jules Robinson, offers a variety of scarves and shawls, felt sculptures, jewelry and some leather items with designs inspired by nature. —Courtesy of Jules Robinson

  • Birds on the Wing Design in Loudon, owned by Jules Robinson, offers a variety of scarves and shawls, felt sculptures, jewelry and some leather items with designs inspired by nature. —Courtesy of Jules Robinson

  • Birds on the Wing Design in Loudon, owned by Jules Robinson, offers a variety of scarves and shawls, felt sculptures, jewelry and some leather items with designs inspired by nature. —Courtesy of Jules Robinson

  • Birds on the Wing Design in Loudon, owned by Jules Robinson, offers a variety of scarves and shawls, felt sculptures, jewelry and some leather items with designs inspired by nature. —Courtesy of Jules Robinson

  • Birds on the Wing Design in Loudon, owned by Jules Robinson, offers a variety of scarves and shawls, felt sculptures, jewelry and some leather items with designs inspired by nature. —Courtesy of Jules Robinson

  • Birds on the Wing Design in Loudon, owned by Jules Robinson, offers a variety of scarves and shawls, felt sculptures, jewelry and some leather items with designs inspired by nature. —Courtesy of Jules Robinson

  • "Change” is a mixed media piece by Adele Sanborn with a small artist book tucked into the artwork. —Courtesy of Adele Sanborn

  • A painting by Janet Bleicken. Britain Hill—Courtesy of Mill Brook Gallery

  • More than a dozen artists have their work displayed at the Mills Falls Marketplace through Artisans by the Bay. —Courtesy of Artisans by the Bay

  • Greg Meeh of Cold Garden Spirits smells what’s brewing in a barrel.

  • Old Ways Traditions will have its doors open for N.H. Open Doors. —Courtesy

  • Martin Marklin shows off the display hive at Der Markt.

  • “Great Grey Owl” by Susan Parmenter.


Thursday, November 02, 2017

Across the state Saturday and Sunday, more than 80 crafters and small businesses will emerge from studios, kitchens and farms to show off “how it’s made.”

This is the 12th year the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen have organized the weekend of festivities, which features demonstrations, raffles, taste-tests and sales.

While you could likely spend a whole day at one spot, the League is providing incentive to visit as many new places as possible.

Visitors who post Facebook or Instagram photos on the N.H. Open Doors social media accounts with the tag #NHOpenDoors2017 will be put in a drawing for one of five gift certificates to one of the League of N.H. Craftsmen Fine Craft Galleries. Or, if you’re a paper person, you can download a form from nhopendoors.com/passport and get signatures at the stops you visit; you need at least five to qualify. Completed forms must be mailed in by Nov. 27.

You can choose your own adventure for the day with an interactive Google map provided by the League of N.H. Craftsmen or you can travel a prescribed regional route with itineraries provided on the League’s website.

While you’ll, of course, be able to view art, work will also be for sale. In some locations, like Twiggs Gallery in Boscawen, you’ll also be able to try your hand at making your own creations. And at some places, snacks will be offered.

If you’ve ever been curious about how something is made or the people who make it, this weekend was created just for you.

For more information on the unique hours each location will hold, visit nhopendoors.com.