TOUR OF PORTSMOUTH
Over 50 years of the blacksmith's finest work in Portsmouth New Hampshire
Peter Happny's logo was created in 1974, located at 66 Rock Street in Portsmouth, NH right outside of the blacksmith's shop!
Installed in 2018 this sculpture a sculpture created designed and installed by Terrance Parker of Terra Firma
Historic timeline of Portsmouth set as the entrance to Rock Street Park installed in 1999, originally as the front of a stage, currently is the entrance to the park!
Created in 1997 for the potential buyer of the house who called Peter from sea asking him to create this railing before he purchased, he did and the tug boat captain purchased the property!
Located on the backside of Portwalk Place this leafy sculpture enhances the architecture of the building and was installed 2015!
Railings created over the course of the years from 1984-2015, the blacksmith enjoys this historical house especially in the summer time!
Located at Peter Happny's favorite spot for ice cream in Portsmouth, Annebelle's ice cream. This black raspberry inspired cone was installed in 2000 and has been a big hit ever since!
This elephant located outside of Elephantine Bakery was installed in 2019. Stop by and try any of their pastries or the blacksmith's favorite, their breads!
These brackets were made by the Blacksmith in 2015 admire them then head inside to see the next peice!
This clock located inside Piscataqua Savings Bank was commissioned in 1977. Peter Happny did the iron work, David Bellantone made the glass, and Pauline Warg created the copper clock-face. This was what pushed Peter to purchase a larger shop on Rock Street because he needed more room to create over what he was renting at Strawbery Banke Museum!
This sandwich was created for the Moe's in 1996 as an ode to the Blacksmith's favorite lunch, the half for Hap!
Over the course of 30 years the blacksmith consumed the equivalent of 20K of Moe's Italian sandwiches!
A tale as old as time, the blacksmith pictured her with Penny Brewester who co-owns Ceres Bakery with her sister Gail. Peter loves Ceres Bakery's soup options and now is a lunchtime regular. Both his wife Lisa and daughter Nora have worked at Ceres in the past. Ceres Bakery is a gem that you must grab lunch or a treat while in Portsmouth!
The blacksmith modeled the hair and elegance of Ceres Bakery co-owner Gail Brewster, to know her is to love her!
Reproduction of traditional Portsmouth, NH railings + gates were added in 2018
Peter Happny spend two seasons working at Strawbery Banke in the 70's then rented the coopers shop and ran his own blacksmith business out of it from 1971-1977. He has fond memories of his times there and would highly recommend touring the grounds while on this walking tour!
Located right down from Strawbery Banke, the blacksmith made the metal work for this this historical boat in 1981 then re-created similar pieces for their 2015 update. Peter would highly recommend taking a sail on the Gundalow, see their website for more details!
This 35 foot railing at the entrance of the Wentworth Gardner House was installed in 2010. Peter visited this house around 1970 after he missed some questions on an architecture test while attending UNH. He attributes visiting this house as part of the reason why he ended up working at Strawbery Banke Meusuem and the start of his blacksmithing career in Portsmouth!
Created in 1994 the city seal sits in the town hall conference room and earned Peter a key to the city of Portsmouth from Mayor Evelyn Sirrell. For all those curious, the key opens absolutely nothing!
15. Rusty, the sculpture outside of the Portsmouth Firehouse fireman Station 2 on Route 1, he was created in 1992. Peter used his daughers old snow suit as a model for the girl. His daughter's first grade class also helped her look cool by adding rings to her fingers and braids in her hair!
We are grateful for your support over the years and in taking this tour of Portsmouth with us, we hope you enjoyed it!