2023 Annual Ornament
The League of NH Craftsmen Welcomes a
Whimsical Deer for 36th Annual Ornament:
Through the Thicket
New Hampshire Craftsman showcases the beauty of wood
CONCORD, NH – The League’s 36th Annual Ornament is a nod to ingenuity and the
innate beauty of natural wood. Segmented blocks of wood are hand-assembled and
shaped by Franklin wood worker and artist Kevin Turgeon, to create a tiny reindeer with
a winsome turn of the head.
“I was inspired by an image with an optical illusion that gave a wooden sculpture the
appearance of being turned at an angle,” says craftsman Kevin Turgeon,”and it got me
thinking of ways that I could actually make the angle a reality.” Turgeon uses seven
different species of woods in the blocks he creates as a first step in the ornament
process. “I use African Mahogany, Ash, Cherry, Hickory, Maple, Red Oak, and White
Oak. Six reindeer are crafted from each block and while you may find a few twins in the
mix, they are largely unique in their appearance.”
The 2023 League ornament comes gift-boxed and sells for $26. This annual offering is
an important fundraiser for the League that supports local artists and affiliated League
Fine Craft Galleries. The ornament is a thoughtful keepsake to mark any special
occasion, milestone or holiday. Each of these turned wooden ornaments, which feature
seven different species of wood, is hand finished and inscribed by the artist with his
signature and the date.
Annual ornaments are sold exclusively at the League of NH Craftsmen Fine Craft
Galleries, located in Center Sandwich, Concord, Hooksett, Littleton, Meredith, Nashua,
and North Conway; in the League’s online store; at League Headquarters in Concord, NH.
32 Main Street (On the Green)
PO Box 164
Center Sandwich, NH 03227
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