New England is a wonderful place to shop for fine crafts and handmade artisan work because of its long history, economic ingenuity, and rural traditions. A sterling example is silverwork and pewter work crafted by Paul Revere of Boston, which continues to influence today’s artists. Most states have guilds of artists, artisans, and crafts makers that promote local artistry and bring artisan products to the market. Local fine crafts often can be found at the larger farmers markets and festivals.
The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, one of the oldest craft organizations in the country, was founded in 1932 to New Hampshire craftspeople make a living in the Depression. The League operates seven retail galleries throughout New Hampshire, presenting the work of juried craftspeople and beautiful work for sale. Among the many New Hampshire crafts makers is the Peterborough Basket Company, which operates a factory outlet store in Peterborough selling baskets of white ash wood harvested in Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire.