Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Village Craftsmen Web Site

Finally, after months of design work, picture taking, and critical decisions, Village Craftsmen's web site has a brand new look! You can see the new and improved site here:

Our site now has a crisp, clean look with many new hand-crafted products and an easy-to-use shopping cart system. In addition to dozens of items you have come to expect from Village Craftsmen, our site continues to include links to this Journal, our monthly Newsletter, general island information, and our Ghost & History Tours.

Please take a look at our upgraded web site, and bookmark it for future reference. As always, we maintain a sizeable inventory of  fine quality American handcrafts ready to be shipped for the holidays, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and other occasions.

We will be adding more craft items regularly. If you don't see an item you are interested in, please contact us. We will be happy to take photographs to send to you.

Click on the photo above, or here, to visit our new web site.

Our new design was created by Stefen Howard. For information about Stefen and his web and graphic design business (with contact information) click here.

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is a transcription of a letter describing the September, 1944, hurricane, its aftermath and cleanup. You can read the letter, with vintage photographs added, here:  


  1. Anonymous8:43 AM

    Wow 1970 was a long time ago. A great deal of cultural shifts have occurred in the world. Being on an isolated island I'm sure you are aware of some of these things. Many companies have changed their logos to be more representative of their company. Now the logo of Village CraftsMEN is a tree? A leafless silhouette of a scary Tree? Now why is that. Could you explain the choice behind this image? Kentucky Fried Chicken now wants to be known as KFC. That was a big thing dropping Kentucky but then they went about hiring a new Mr Sanders, a more engaging entertaining man to sell the product. Anyway, What percentage of the visitors that step on OI actually enter the VC studio/gallery/guild showroom. Do you have any stats? If the purpose of the redesign is to reposition the enterprise to increase sales? Now that mug/cup with the Halloween image should have sold out. It is adorable. Do the local B&Bs have VC products on site to introduce visitors to the quality of say, the coffee mug? Does the Ferry allow advertising, if so can VC advertise there? If people are spending over an hour on the ferry this is an opportunity to get their attention somehow. Yes I would like to know about the logo of VC and is it indeed a Tree?? A scary tree and how long has that been the logo???

    1. The tree has been our logo since about 1973. I have never thought of it as "scary." It is actually modeled after an iconic gnarled, windswept tree just north of the NPS campground. Unfortunately, the tree died several years ago. I will try to locate a photo of the tree for a future post. Stay tuned.

    2. I have no idea what percentage of island visitors stop in at Village Craftsmen. Some local businesses have items from the Village Craftsmen, but we have never asked them to promote our products. The only advertising allowed on the ferries are "rack cards" placed in designated areas.

  2. Anonymous11:19 AM

    Does the copyright date need to be updated on the catalog page?

    1. I think you are looking at one of our old pages. We will be deleting them soon.

  3. The site layout looks GREAT!


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