Like people, trees respond to what happens to them. What they live through creates their character.
Sunlight and soil, ice and wind... All these things leave their unique mark on the inside.
I work with wood's diverse color, grain, and texture, patiently and meticulously, to reveal the 'inside story'.
And like people, this story hidden beneath the bark is beautiful and forever astonishing.
Craig Altobello was introduced to woodworking in 1978 during a workshop with designer/craftsman Thomas Moser of Maine. Ever since, he has been making furniture for his family and friends. Craig has attended workshops at Haystack School of Crafts and the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine; Shelburne Craft School in Vermont; and the Sharon Arts Center in Peterborough, NH.
Craig's path to marquetry grew out of teaching middle school science, where he and his students documented their outdoor explorations through writing and art using cut paper collage. Craig saw the potential to work with the colors and grain patterns of wood to bring "collage" to his woodworking.
He traveled to the College of the Redwoods in California to learn marquetry. The knowledge and skills gained in that course provided a touchstone experience and launched him into his current work.
Craig is a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and the Sharon Arts Center in Peterborough, NH. He is a participant in the annual Monadnock Art Open Studio Art Tour held annually on Columbus Day weekend.
April 24 - June 23
Stories in Wood: Mt. Monadnock to the White Mountains
Reception and Presentation May 2, 7:00pm-8:30 pm
Groton Public Library
99 Main Street Groton, MA
- May 16 – September 12, 2018
The People’s Forest: A Centennial Celebration of the White Mountain National Forest
Museum of the White Mountains
34 Highland St. Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH
(Five of my White Mountain landscapes are on exhibit)
I will give a presentation at the museum on Friday, June 15 3:30pm - 5:00pm
May 29 - June 25
Treasures Along the Pack Monadnock Road
Reception Friday, June 8 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Fiddleheads Cafe, Hancock, NH
Past 2017 Events
- September 16
Monadnock Wellness Festival - Peterborough Community Center
- October 7, 8, & 9
22nd Annual Monadnock Art Open Studio Art Tour
- June 23-August 28
Opening Reception Friday, June 23, 5-7 pm
Stories in Wood: White Mountain Art by Craig Altobello
Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center, Bretton Woods, NH
- Monday, September 4th
Francestown Labor Day Arts and Crafts Fair, Francestown, NH
- Beauty Revealed
Monadnock Living Fall | Winter 13