CONCORD, N.H. -- The fall foliage may have blown away, but beauty still abounds in the studios of talented craftspeople throughout the state.
This weekend, well ahead of the holiday shopping rush, more than 80 artisans will open their workplaces to visitors, free of charge, as part of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Open Studio Tour .
Cruise scenic roads from the seacoast to the White Mountains to check out handmade prints and sculpture, furniture and baskets, glass and pottery, jewelry and textiles.
Watch artisans demonstrate how they hooked that whimsical rug or bent the wood to form that Shaker oval box. Regardless of the medium, all the artists are members of the league, which requires work meet high standards.
The league supplies a tour guide with a map that locates the studios by number, gives local directions to each, and lists what each artisan makes.
Plan a looping route that can be done in a day, or make up a self-guided weekend adventure; the studio map also notes bed-and-breakfasts and other places to stay around the state.
Can't go this time? Plan a future trip to one of the league's retail galleries in Center Sandwich, Concord, Hanover, Littleton, Meredith, North Conway, and Wolfeboro.
League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Open Studio Tour, Nov. 10-12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,603-224-3375, nhcrafts.org.
JANE ROY BROWN