Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Modern Ocracoke Office

If you've tried to call Village Craftsmen (or leave a voice message) the last few days you may have been unable to connect with us. On Sunday power was out for several hours all over the island. Since Monday our phones have not been working. Finally, yesterday morning, a technician came by and determined that the "brain" for our sophisticated phone system was fried. It will probably be a couple of weeks before we can get a new system installed (remember, this is Ocracoke!).

As a temporary measure Wilton rewired our phone lines to accept standard one-line telephones. So I scrounged around my workshop, and asked friends for a few standard telephones. This is what we've ended up with:

We're still having trouble with our voice mail. If you call us after hours, on weekends, or when Jude is away from her desk, you may not be prompted to leave a voice message. We're sorry for the inconvenience, but just keep trying to call (best times are Mon - Fri, 10 am - 6 pm) -- or send us an email (

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Captain Rob's essay, "Schooner Windfall Sails into the Final Sunset." You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous2:09 PM

    WOW........a rotary dial phone, back in service. You should invite all of the young un's on the island to come by to see a bit of history that still works. Did you have to give your younger employees training in how to dial the phone? I think I still have a rotary phone lurking somewhere around the house........

  2. I have a push button one but like the rotary, it doesn't need electricity to run, just a phone jack -- great for storms when everyone's flooding the cell towers!

  3. Anonymous12:32 PM

    I hear that your technician also dabbles in photography. He is quite talented with a camera to his eye!

  4. Terri O.9:25 PM

    My parents (well into their 80's) still use one as their main phone. I've given them a couple of cordless ones but, they don't like them as well!
    We'll be seeing you next week! Yay!