Holiday Arts Fair: Vendor Feature

Posted on November 17, 2017, in Events

The General McLane Foundation’s 11th Annual Holiday Arts Fair is quickly approaching.

This year’s event will be held Saturday, November 18, at General McLane High School and runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Nearly 100 vendors will be in attendance, including a variety of new vendors. This year’s crafts include: hand-carved santas, glass sculptures, wood working signs and décor, purses, jewelry, puzzles, soup, birdhouses, ceramics, paintings, pottery, and quilted, croched, stitched and sewn items.

One of the vendors will be Alex’s Puzzles, hand-crafted wooden puzzles for the young and old alike. The puzzles do not have any finish on the puzzles in order to be painted or stained as creatively as buyers would like!  It also makes a great “bonding time” between children, parents and/or Grandparents.

These puzzles are created by Alex Giles and his father David. Alex is intellectually and developmentally disabled (IDD), and his IQ is lower than most folks. In addition, he has been diagnosed with epilepsy. To help control his seizures, Alex has been taking medications since age 2 and has a Vagus Nerve stimulator (VNS) implanted in his chest to help control brain waves that may initiate seizures.  Although he was having severe tonic-clonic seizures, formerly known as grand mal seizures, up to 3 times a week, the medicine and VNS have been controlling Alex’s seizures reasonably well since 2012.

A native of Londonderry, NH, Alex has always had a fascination with both hand and power tools. While taking wood shop during his junior year as part of his Activities For Daily Living (ADL) class, Alex learned to use a scroll saw to cut out a pattern that had been applied to a piece of wood.  Alex cut the pattern out with incredible accuracy and in a very timely manner — and then Alex’s Puzzles were born!

“Everyone has a gift. The key is recognizing it,” David said. “I feel we have identified Alex’s gift. Even though he has intellectual challenges, Alex is able to minimize and overcome those challenges.  With guidance and patience, Alex is able to utilize his talent and become a productive member of our community.”

Alex’s favorite puzzle is a rabbit puzzle.

Here is a sneak-peak of just some of their items that will be available on Saturday!