Sunday, October 28, 2012

Open House -- November 3 & 4

Open House, November 3 & 4, 2012 -- New Hampshire Open Doors

Join us this coming Saturday and Sunday, November 3 & 4, for our third annual Open House!
Eric will be demonstrating hand cut dovetails and other hand work on his workbench.  There are "guest vices" for those that would like to try their hand!  We will also have literature on the woodworking class that begins the following class.  We have one space still available!  
A new addition to this year's Open House are of the select antiques that we have been collecting and giving a second life so that they will be cherished for another few centuries!
A wonderful map of area participants is available and you can email me for your own copy before hand so you know how to plan your route!  
This is a Statewide tour of galleries and studios sponsored by NH Made and The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen.  Visit to see participants statewide and plan your route!
See you soon!
Eric & Debbie

Monday, September 24, 2012

Table Class Scheduled for November 2012

We have two more spots for a series of weekend classes to build this versatile little cherry side table:
This series of classes begin Saturday Nov. 11 and spans 2 weekends with an optional third weekend if we need extra time. There is a maximum class size of three, so you will get lots of personal instruction and I will walk you through each step from start to finish.  At the end of the class you will take home your completely table that you built entirely yourself!   The following and more will be covered:
Dimensioning Wood
Mortise & Tenon Joinery
Leg tapering
Finishing techniques
$325 including all materials needed.
Email or call for details on dates and times.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Veterans come and try your hand at dovetails

             Free Classes for Veterans
Hello all,
If you are a Veteran, or someone you know is a Veteran, we wanted to share an exciting opportunity with you!
The co-operative Gallery Artistic Roots in downtown Plymouth, NH is sponsoring free classes and demonstrations throughout 2012 for Veterans as a way to say "thank you" for all your service and commitment to America!
Eric Johnson will be offering dovetail demonstrations and an opportunity for participants work hands on learning dovetails Saturday, June 9th at Artistic Roots in downtown Plymouth.  We would love to have you stop by and join him!  You can find directions at
Please share this with your family, friends and neighbors who have Served in the Armed Forces.  Also, you can see a complete listing of all the demonstrations and classes offered at
Hope to see you there & a special thank you for your service!
Eric & Debbie Johnson

Monday, April 9, 2012

Additional Frame Class Added to Schedule--April 28

Thanks to all that have shown interest in the frame class!  Due to a high level of interest, we have added a second frame class for Saturday, April 28.  We have two spots left, so email or call right away if you are interested.  Here are the details:

Build a furniture quality Picture Frame—1 Day Class
* Learn mitering and spline joinery is this one-day class.
 Max. 4 Students  $50 
Saturday, April 28:  9:00 to finish    Lunch provided or bring your own

Once the April classes are complete, I will be taking a break from classes for the summer, so watch for our fall Schedule which should appear sometime mid-summer! 

Remember to mention that you learned about this class through AR and part of your fee will go to support the teaching mission at Artistic Roots.

Thanks for all those that have given the classes a try!  I am learning from you and hopefully you are learning from me as well!

Until next time,

Eric Johnson's Furniture
Maker of Antique Reproduction Furniture
Campton, NH
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Friday, March 30, 2012

A Grabiek in support of Public Television

Illustrator, fly-tier, teacher and Artistic Roots Cooperative member, Tom Grabiek is donating one of his pieces to the New Hampshire Public Television 2012 Spring Auction, May 4-13, 2012.

The illustration titled, "Baranov" is a matted and framed signed print, and could possibly be selected for the special on-line preview group.

Tom has been a fisherman since he was a young boy.  He's been tying flies for 50 years, and illustrating flies for over 3o.  His wife Kathy does the calligraphy that sometimes accompanies the illustrations.

If any other artists would like to support New Hampshire Public Television, they can contact the organization directly.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Dear Veterans, Thank you for your service.

To show our appreciation, we are offering you free art classes, demonstrations and workshops starting mid-April 2012.  The schedule and more information coming soon on our website.

Our principal sponsors are the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and Meredith Village Savings Bank.

We would also like to thank Laconia Savings Bank for their sponsorship, and Bruce Bouley for all his advice and assistance.  We would like to acknowledge Cheryl Johnson, who was the moving force behind this project.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

Spring forward

Our Spring windows are in.  Every week artists seem to bring in new things to add to their displays, and our Spring-Summer class schedule is shaping up. 

Hog Hill Pottery (Sharon Dunigan) with Michele D'Ambruoso in the background

Bette Abdu, Heather Baldwin, Patti Burlingame, Lynn Haust, Jennifer Mattrick, Carol Phenix and Sue Vachon (Bella Beads) will be teaching at the gallery.  The schedule for Zentangle for all ages, felting, jewelry workshop, fusing glass, knitting, drawing and bracelet weaving from April to May will be out soon.

And don't forget, Eric Johnson already has his woodworking classes set at his workshop.  Find Eric's work at the Artistic Roots Gallery, 73 Main St., Plymouth NH or reach him at (603) 726-4980,, and

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Successful fundraiser and soup competition

Chef Rob Bouvier of Tell’s of Waterville made the winning soup at the Artistic Roots 8th Annual Souper Bowl held last month.  Artistic Roots Cooperative President Heather Baldwin presented a certificate of appreciation to Bouvier on March 1, 2012.

More than 150 diners chose Chef Bouvier’s recipe for Roasted Sweet Potato with Sage Soup over the 18 other entries that ranged from chowders to miso soup.  The soup donors were 6 Burner Bistro, Heather Baldwin, Barbara Beeler, Beyond the Bean, D’Acres, Donna Castor, Chase Street Market, Foster’s Steak House, Fugaky, George’s Seafood, Italian Farmhouse, Cheryl Johnson, Mad River Tavern, Denise Plante-Renaud, Thai Smile, The Tell, Walter’s Basin, Jeff Woolley, Woodpecker Pub.

The Cooperative was raising money for its Art for Veterans Project, that consists of free art classes and demonstrations for veterans.  The program includes classes on drawing, felting, fired glass, mosaics, oil painting, pottery, printmaking, and shaker box building.  There will also be demonstrations on blacksmithing, fly tying and woodturning.  The classes and demonstrations will be held at two different venues in Plymouth, the Artistic Roots gallery at 73 Main Street, On the Common, and Whole Family Village on Highland Street.  A schedule will be available soon on the Artistic Roots website at

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Woodworking Classes for March & April, 2012

We have expanded our woodworking classes for March and April, 2012

Mention Artistic Roots when you book your class and a portion of your tuition will be donated to the Artistic Roots Education Outreach fund.

Woodworking Class Schedule
Eric Johnson’s Furniture
Campton, NH

Build an 18” Cherry Side Table -- 3 Weekend Class
All the materials and instruction needed to build an heirloom quality cherry side table. This class will cover:
* Dimensioning Wood
* Mortise & tenon joinery
* Leg tapering
* Finishing techniques & more

Maximum 3 students  $325

Dates & Times:                                           
March 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 & Apr. 1            Saturdays 9-2, Sundays 1-4

Hand-Cut Dovetails – 1 Weekend Class
You will receive dimensioned wood to build a cherry box with a lid.  We will focus the lesson on the skills and steps to hand-cut dovetailing.  Materials & Hardware included.  Bring your own tools or use those provided.

Maximum 4 students $160

Dates & Times:  Sat. Feb. April 14 & 15.  Sat. 9:00 - 3:00  Sun. Noon to finish

Build a furniture quality Picture Frame—1 Day Class
* Learn mitering and spline joinery is this one-day class.

Max. 4 Students  $50 

Saturday, April 22:  9:00 to finish    Lunch provided or bring your own

Call or email to reserve your spot or to be added to notification list for future classes:
(603)726-4980          Email:

Thursday, January 5, 2012

New window display

The photo just doesn't do the new window display justice.  Come see it for yourself and visit our gallery at 73 Main St., On the Common, in Plymouth.

Jennifer Mattrick and Jeannette McArthur dressed the North window today and did a really nice job.  You can't tell but it's their first time.  Jennifer is a fiber artist who makes felted scarves, cowls, hats and other knitted items.  Jeannette is a painter who works mostly with oils.

Thank you Jen and Jeannette!

We are gearing up for our next rotation when artists switch locations, bring in new work and give the gallery a whole new look.  We will be closed Monday, January 23rd for the rotation.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


Today, Joyce Bouley and Cheryl Johnson joined forces and talents to produce these lovely bowls.  Joyce is the potter and Cheryl the painter.

Once the bowls are glazed and fired, they'll be ready for you at the Artistic Roots gallery.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Preview of Souper Bowls

Hi Everyone,

Thought I'd share production photos and finished bowls as our artists bring them into the gallery.

Mary Ober shared a glimpse of her production process.  I can hardly wait to see how they turn out.

Sue Tucker brought in two kinds of bowls. Gorgeous!

January 9 is when tickets, bowls and mugs go on sale at the gallery.  See you there

Monique MacIntosh
Executive Director