Over the Thanksgiving holiday, my sister-n-law, Kristin, brought me to the most amazing gift shop in Northwood, NH. This sleepy, little New Hampshire town right on Route 4 has some wonderful antique and locally owned gift shops. Sharon Barrett and her partner Paula LaBelle are two professional artists that shine.
Turning Wood is a unique art form and there are a few different ways to achieve a finished product. There are a lot of people out there that participate in this form as a hobby, an advanced amateur, of course the professionals and then you have Sharon and Paula.
Each piece they make is carefully curated. This team sources their materials from all over New Hampshire and beyond. They choose pieces of wood that will turn out unique coloring in the finished product. (Yes – that pun was intended!)
They take ordinary object shapes and make them extraordinary. They have many beautiful, unique gifts to choose from and no two pieces are the same. One piece I loved in particular was a bowl. I know, I said a bowl. But there is an amazing story behind the materials chosen for this bowl.
I say this time and again, look in your community for the unexpected treasures that await you. What makes this little gallery in a small town in New Hampshire worth visiting? These two amazing artists greet you at the door with a smile and they share information and stories about their craft. This is the perfect place to buy a unique gift for any celebration. (This amazing bowl would be a beautiful wedding or anniversary gift!) These women are not just professionals in their craft, but experts in their field. It’s hard being a small, CREATIVE, business in this big world of corporate EVERYTHING. Find the special, be unique, dare to give something that was made with precision, thought and passion. Give something that will be a special treasure, an heirloom that can be cherished for many years to come.