As I stand at my lathe and look outside at all of the snow, it's hard to believe that Spring is just around the corner. After brisk year end sales, I'm rebuilding my inventory and looking forward to a better year. If the last four months of pewter sales are any indication of where the economy is headed, I'd say things are slowly improving. Fingers crossed.
Next month look for my new antiques page on the Gibson Pewter website. It will feature a few moderately priced, American...
One of my New Year’s resolutions was to learn to be a better cook. Actually, my wife, Camille, made that resolution for me. But it’s been great. In fact, I made my first leg of lamb for Christmas dinner and folks went back for seconds!
So what I’ve done is line my upper stovetop shelf with several of my Salt Bowls & Spoons and now use them for salt, pepper and other herbs and spices. Even though I’m a rookie cook, I now look like a pro… look out Julie & Julia!
Black Friday—aka Pewter Friday—was a great success this year. I donned my stocking cap and played the parts both of working elf and jolly Santa. I think people enjoy shopping locally and seeing how things are made by hand.
Christmas in the Centre 2009 was also a wonderful event. Sales were strong, as happy crowds were out in force. Historic HIllsborough Centre looked great in the early evening hours with candles aglow in dwellings throughout the village. Very Rockwellian, and pleasing to enjoy a brief immersion in simpler times.
NH Open Doors, a collaboration between NH Made and the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, was a big success. The crowds were good and the weather could not have been better. Sales were brisk and orders were written for Christmas. Yikes, we're half way through November!
Our 2009 Annual Christmas Ornament, The Franklin Pierce Homestead, is selling well. In fact, I cast another 100 last weekend for insurance! We still have prior years ornament in stock. A lot of folks look forward to this annual event and are also...
No doubt about it, Fall is here. In a just a couple of weeks, those little hobgoblins will be roaming the back roads. Keep a look out for blazing pumpkins and other scary urchins.
Don't forget our Candy Dish or Serving Bowl, if you're expecting small house guests this Halloween! These bowls have many other uses as well. Out little creatures have already reminded us to put out plenty of treats.
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In spite of some challenging weather (and costumes!), Hillsborough's premiere of the Living History Event in late August was a positive experience. We saw many new faces in the pewter shop and I enjoyed casting spoons both days with my young apprentice, Lily Gibson. Visitors enjoyed reenactments and entertainment in six locations around town. Everyone who visited us that weekend thought the event was great! Fingers crossed that we'll do it again next year.