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Our History

In 1976, an optimistic band of mountain crafters applied for $1,000 of leftover Bicentennial grant money in order to start a craft cooperative. At the time handmade items were not particularly valued by most Americans, but the original dozen crafters preserved and celebrated on the day the shop took in $50.

Slowly, the cooperative added members, moved to its present location, expanded, computerized, and today that fledgling Dogwood Crafters Co-op is so successful, it is imitated. Over the years, Dogwood Crafters has arrived at an interesting mix of artisans. Both traditional and contemporary works can be found within the shop’s log walls.

Our Webster Street shop is actually three log cabins that were joined together. Originally tourist cabins built in the 1930s by the Cannon family, Cannon's Cottages showcase our crafts in a unique setting.

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  • Music by Ron Smith
  • Serving John Faulk's hot dogs
  • Herb Nolan and plaque honoring wife 'Mary's Garden'
  • (l-r) 'Head cheerleader' Brenda Anders, newest co-op member Gale Singleberg, and founding member Patricia Cowen.

On Saturday, August 5, 2017 Dogwood Crafters celebrated a paid-off mortgage with a mortgage-burning party featuring hot dogs from John Faulk, live music by Ron Smith, and a wealth of cookies made by the crafters. The party also celebrated the opening of Mary’s Garden, a beautifully landscaped corner garden honoring Mary Haywood Nolan, talented crafter and tireless volunteer who died this past spring.


Each year we have a Quilt Raffle to raise money for special advertising projects. Our 2017 marketing project is billboard advertising. The quilt committee chooses the pattern and material for the quilt, then completes it and has it machine quilted. We sell tickets all year, with the drawing in December. We have a number of cookbooks with recipes from our crafters, as well as small in-house printed cookbooks for special occasions, such as our English Tea Booklet.

We also get involved in our community by contributing canned goods and other items to the Community Table in Sylva, which assists needy families in the area.

We love supporting our regional community of artisans, and helping preserve our traditional mountain crafts for generations to come.