The League of NH Craftsmen Welcomes a
Whimsical Deer for 36th Annual Ornament:
Through the Thicket
New Hampshire Craftsman showcases the beauty of wood The League’s 36th Annual Ornament is a nod to ingenuity and the
innate beauty of natural wood. Segmented blocks of wood are hand-assembled and
shaped by Franklin wood worker and artist Kevin Turgeon, to create a tiny reindeer with
a winsome turn of the head.
“I was inspired by an image with an optical illusion that gave a wooden sculpture the
appearance of being turned at an angle,” says craftsman Kevin Turgeon,”and it got me
thinking of ways that I could actually make the angle a reality.” Turgeon uses seven
different species of woods in the blocks he creates as a first step in the ornament
process. “I use African Mahogany, Ash, Cherry, Hickory, Maple, Red Oak, and White
Oak. Six reindeer are crafted from each block and while you may find a few twins in the
mix, they are largely unique in their appearance.”

The 2023 League ornament comes gift-boxed and sells for $26. This annual offering is
an important fundraiser for the League that supports local artists and affiliated League
Fine Craft Galleries. The ornament is a thoughtful keepsake to mark any special
occasion, milestone or holiday. Each of these turned wooden ornaments, which feature
seven different species of wood, is hand finished and inscribed by the artist with his
signature and the date.

Annual ornaments are sold exclusively at the League of NH Craftsmen Fine Craft
Galleries, located in Center Sandwich, Concord, Hooksett, Littleton, Meredith, Nashua,
and North Conway; in the League’s online store; at League Headquarters in Concord,
and at the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair August 5-13 at the Mount Sunapee Resort in
Newbury, NH.
For decades, juried League members have participated in a yearly call for work to be
considered for the Annual Ornament. Managers of the League of NH Craftsmen Fine
Craft Galleries review the submitted pieces and select a winner.

About the Maker: Kevin Turgeon
Kevin Turgeon used to fight against being labeled as an artist. He preferred being called
a woodworker because woodworkers make useful things. Grudgingly he has come to
accept that he is more artist than woodworker. He feels his best attributes are creativity
and patience and prefers to work with an improvisational approach. He finds enjoyment
in discovering how a piece works out and feels he is at his most creative in the middle of
the project. At times Turgeon refers to his work as the war against straight lines and flat

About the League of NH Craftsmen
Our mission is to advance, cultivate and champion excellence in fine craft. The League
pursues that mission through educational programming, leadership initiatives,
marketplace strategies and support services.

For more information about the Annual Ornament call the Concord Fine Craft Gallery at 603-228-8171, email, visit, and like us on Facebook and Instagram.