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Strawbery Banke craftsman 1970s/

Strawbery Banke Presents

The modern movement to "shop local" may be seen as returning to the ways of the past. The exquisite work of Piscataqua furniture makers in colonial times, for example, is highly prized to this day. (Continued below)



 Strawbery Banke 1970s Craft Era

Strawbery Banke Museum Craftspeople in the 1970s/ Museum Archives

Another local crafts movement evolved in what some call the "Hippie Era" of the 1960s and 70s in the early days of Strawbery Banke. Talented young craftspeople were drawn to the outdoor museum where they demonstrated and sold their wares -- a tradition carried on by cooper Ron Raiselis. This group photograph from that era includes (back row, left to right) weaver Anita Rosencrantz, blacksmith Peter Happny, potter Jerry Beaumont, boatbuilder Douglas Martin, plus (seated) Windsor chair maker Michael Dunbar with dog, and leatherworker Rod Neumer.(Museum Collection)


Crafters detail 01/ Strawbery Banke

Crafters Detail 03/ Strawbery Banke Collection