For more than forty years, Village Craftsmen has offered an outstanding assortment of quality, American made hand crafted pottery, glassware, kitchen items, wooden products, jewelry, and much more.
Recently we have begun taking orders for handmade copper lanterns. We have three different designs. Two are reproductions of antique wall-mounted ship's lanterns. The third, our "Virginia Lantern," pictured below, is similar to the one Thomas Jefferson designed for use in the gardens at Monticello.
The craftsmen, Walter Howard, Jr. and Dalton O'Neal, make every effort to be as accurate as possible in the crafting of each lantern, hand bending and soldering them with traditional irons. Walter is the son of the late native Ocracoke islander, Walter Howard, Sr., vaudeville performer, consummate storyteller, and accomplished writer.
Click on the photo, or this link, http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/copperlanterns.htm, to read more about these exquisite lanterns.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Lou Ann's story of the Night Blooming Cereus Cactus. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news072111.htm.