We’re building a new pewter workshop & Learning Center in historic Washington Center, NH that will be unlike any other in America and we need your help! Supporting this fundraiser will help revive interest in the important Colonial American craft of pewtering and also help to insure its future.
About the Craftsman
“Second generation pewterer, Jonathan Gibson, has been named by Early American Life Magazine among the 200 finest traditional craftsmen in America for 24 years! A mere glance at the pewter items lovingly made by his hands will convince any viewer that this country is blessed with a talent of national consequence in the field. I would encourage all who love beautiful, hand wrought works, to support Jon’s new enterprise in Washington Center, NH.”
Jonathan Fairbanks, Director,
Fuller Crafts Museum, Brockton, MA.
Curator of American Decorative Arts Emeritus, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
About This Project
Pewtering is a centuries old craft that played a vital economic role in Colonial America. Today it’s in danger of becoming a lost art. The purpose of this campaign is to revitalize interest in the craft of pewtering.
I would like to build a new workshop that functions like a working museum. My plan is to educate and generate excitement for the craft of pewtering. I have an amazing collection of antique tools and machinery which I use every day. Visitors to the new shop will see molten pewter poured into antique bronze molds, or pewter discs being shaped into functional vessels on antique lathes. There will also be a learning center. This section of the shop will feature a permanent display of antique pewter, antique pewterer’s tools and an extensive collection of reference books and materials. In time, I plan to offer classes. Perhaps the next generation of skilled pewterers is among you!
Where We Stand Now
I’ve outgrown the tiny shop my father and I built 27 years ago. Many of my antique tools and molds are currently in storage. Fortunately, my wife and I were able to buy a wonderful old house and barn in nearby Washington Center, NH. The barn is in good shape with a sturdy foundation and a standing seam metal roof. We received all approvals from the town for our project and we added the required parking lot last year. On June 18, 2017 we moved all of our equipment from our old shop to temporary (3 season) quarters in our Washington barn. We enjoyed lots of walk in traffic and strong sales in July & August and now it’s time to focus on building the insulated Workshop and Learning Center on the opposite side of the barn.
So How Can You Help?
We need to raise $25,000. to build the 600 square foot insulated Workshop and Learning Center on the east side of the barn. It is currently raw space, and we need to frame walls, install new flooring and ceilings, add electricity, insulate, finish carpentry and install a heating system.
Backing this project will allow us to move forward right away and enable us to focus on our primary goal for the new shop, education. Every contribution we receive will be a vote for preserving an important traditional American craft.
Thank you for your support and I look forward to giving each of you a personal tour of our new shop in historic Washington Center, NH.
Rewards for Contributing
Contribute $10 or more - THANK YOU!
Make a contribution of any amount you like to suport the goal of creating a Pewter Learning Center. You will have our heartfelt thanks, and the knowledge that you are helping to preserve this wonderful heritage.
We are doing a new drawing from among those who contributed at any level and someone will be the winner of this beautiful Hancock Oil Lamp!
Contribute $12 - Pewter Heart
Our hand cast Pewter Heart will warm your hand and your heart. Keep it, or give it to a loved one. (1" x 1.25")
Contribute $15 - Tales from the Pewter Shop (book)
My father, Raymond Gibson, wrote Tales from the Pewter Shop in 1999. He was a master pewterer who loved everything about his work; the tools and materials, the shop and the people he served. If you are interested in the art of making pewter, or inspired to pursue your own dreams of living your craft, Tales from the Pewter Shop has something in its pages for you. I'll sign all copies since he passed in 2005.
Contribute $20 - Angel Ornament
Made exclusively for our Fundraising campaign, our hand cast pewter Angel Ornament comes bearing a gift. Sculpted on both sides. (H. 2.5")
Contribute $20 - Snowman Ornament
Made exclusively for our Fundraising campaign, our hand cast pewter Snowman Ornament is looking forward to hanging on your tree. Sculpted on both sides. (H. 2.25")
Contribute $20 - Poinsettia Ornament
Made exclusively for our Fundraising campaign, our hand cast pewter Poinsettia Ornament will shimmer on your tree. Sculpted on both sides. (H. 2")
Contribute $40 - Two Pewter Ornaments
Choose any two of our exclusive hand cast pewter Fundraising ornaments.
Contribute $60 - Three Pewter Ornaments
All three of our exclusive hand cast pewter Fundraising ornaments.
Contribute $575 - Fruit Bowl
The pewter Fruit Bowl is my father's masterpiece. He designed the piece in 1992. It won the prestigious Stevens Metal Award at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's 17th Annual Juried Exhibit and was acquired for the permanent collection at The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1993. His production bowls, made in later years, were shorter than the one pictured. For our Fundraising campaign I am hand metal spinning 50 of the original style Fruit Bowls on the same antique lathe my father used. Each will be stamped with my touchmark and numbered. A truly beautiful form with a prestigious history. (H. 2.5" Dia. 12")
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