In an era of mass produced throw-aways, it’s great that some craftsmen and artisans are carrying on the centuries-old tradition of crafting one-of-a-kind items by hand. In Southern New Hampshire we are very fortunate to have Gibson Pewter, a second-generation family craft shop in Hillsborough.
Jonathan Gibson today carries on the craft he learned from his father growing up, using lead-free pewter. The shop is filled with reproductions of 18th and 19th century tableware, Christmas ornaments, and other original creations that he has fashioned.
From talking with Jon Gibson, you can see how much he loves his work. He was featured in a WMUR Chronicle segment, available by clicking here. His excellent workmanship is easy to see.
The Gibson Pewter Shop is located in a 250-year old barn in Hillsborough Center at 18 East Washington Road; it’s open Monday through Saturday from 10AM to 4PM. Visitors are encouraged and demonstrations are frequently given.
If visiting the shop is not possible, check out the Gibson Pewter website; it is very comprehensive, with a gallery of the works that are currently available and directions for ordering by mail or phone.