Professionals and Amateurs Together

Sunapee 2015—Al Hansen

July 27, 2015
News: Sunapee

“I found my experience at Sunapee to be extremely rewarding. Watching all of our talented members sharing their skills with the public and the camaraderie within the group epitomized what the guild represents. Was nice to interact with the public and share experiences about our craft and respond to the many questions asked about the donated pieces. Seeing such a volume of interesting and quality work was an inspiration to me to further develop my skills. Looking forward to another year under the big top!!”—Mike DiMaggio

Well Mike I write this on Friday July 24th one week from set-up for the 82nd League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury NH. Once again we will meet Friday July 31st and transform an empty tent into a showcase for the Guild of NH Woodworker’s skills and work. The fair starts the next day, August 1st and runs through the 9th. Mount Sunapee Resort is a beautiful place. A ski area in winter now becomes a venue for all variety of crafts, demonstrations, workshops, a sculpture garden and Living With Crafts, a room full of furniture and accessories, many made by Guild members. A must see.

We in our tent demonstrate woodworking skills. Musical instrument makers, woodturners, toy makers, carvers, fine furniture detailing and joinery provide a rich environment for fairgoers to encounter.

"This was my first year as a woodturning demonstrator in the Guild of NH Woodworkers booth at the League of NH Craftsmen Fair in Sunapee.  It was a great experience!  Being surrounded by hundreds of creative and talented artists exhibiting at the fair and the members working in the Guild booth was a stimulating experience that will enhance my own work as a woodturner. It was a pleasure to meet so many people attending the fair that were interested in watching me turn wooden eggs, especially the children.  Hopefully this will inspire them to try out turning or woodworking in the future and to become Guild members."—Janet Collins

“Loved the interaction with the eager patrons...but most of all being with fellow guild members.  I learned more than I demonstrated.” David Foote

“I think the demonstration process gets right to the essence of what
being a craftsman is all about. You do it unselfishly and without regard
for yourself. You do it for the craft!”—Bill Taylor

We unveil another skill as well. We sell raffle tickets. Boy do we sell raffle tickets! Over $13,000 worth last year! But then that job is not so hard. Not when you see what our members had donated. Almost 40 items! Woodturnings of every variety, furniture, toys, jewelry boxes, cutting boards, a music stand. Seems there is another aspect of these woodworkers, overwhelming generosity.

It is happening again this year. The list of demonstrators, items donated, volunteers for the raffle. All happening again. What an organization!

Thank you all—Al Hansen!


Be Aware of Scammers
Answering These Ads!

Please be aware that there is a scammer answering these ads. Be careful!!!!

I recommend that you only take CASH or checks from people you know. Very little of the stuff that is advertised is so rare or such a great deal that someone would hire an “agent” to ship it.




If you are selling something online, as a business or through classifieds ads, you may be targeted by an overpayment scam.

The scammer will contact you, make you an offer—often quite generous—then make payment through credit card or cheque. They will be for an amount that is greater than the agreed price.

The scammer will contact you with an apology for the overpayment, offering a fake excuse. The scammer might tell you that the extra money was included to cover agent’s fees or extra shipping costs. Or they may just say they simply made a mistake when writing the cheque.

The scammer will then ask you to refund the excess amount or they will ask for you to forward the amount through to a third party. They will ask for this to through an online banking transfer, pre-loaded money card, or a wire transfer such as Western Union. You then discover that their cheque has bounced or the credit card had been a stolen or fake card.

A newer variation on this scam involves online sales, usually through classified sites, where the scammer pretends to have made a payment for a larger than agreed amount through services such as PayPal by sending a fake receipt of payment. The scammer will claim that the money is being held until you forward on the extra money.

If you send any money, you will not get it back. If you have already sent the ‘sold’ item you will lose this as well. At the very least, the scammer will have wasted your time and prevented you from accepting any legitimate offers on your sale.

I just wanted other Sellers to be careful as I see some valuable machines for sale here.