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The Artisans of Crawford Bay can (usually) talk while you watch them create.
Coming into the Forge and Furnace Gallery, the clanging of hammers hitting iron is like bells. Kootenay Forge ironwork and FireWorks Enamelled Copper use serious heat. Products range from decorative iron racks and fireplace sets to hooks. Colourful enamelled wall pieces to earrings.
A short path through the woods and find walls of coloured yarn in Barefoot Handweaving. Thick straw bale walls enable the weavers to use bare feet while treadling ‘musical’ weaving patterns on hand looms. Try on a twisted shawl, hat or a bag. Home of Ted Wallace paintings.
- Cross the road to North Woven Broom and smell broom corn. The broom makers’ click clacking antique equipment churns out varied brooms every day from whisks and hand brooms to functional and artistic brooms with twisted wooden handles. Ask about the Harry Potter connection.
- Walk down to Dog Patch Pottery and hear potter’s wheel hum or watch as unusual spirals or linear patterns are carefully etched into clay and glazes are painted for the waiting kiln. Colourful, quirky or earthy, you will find unusual mugs, casseroles and bowls at this dog-friendly pottery shop.
- Right next door is La Gala Jewelry where you will find a tantalizing display of silver jewelry incorporating precious and semi precious gems. Enjoy a unique hand picked beach pebble from the shores of Kootenay Lake carefully set into sterling silver earrings, rings and necklaces.
- Black Salt Cafe makes artisan quality food, exquisite coffee and desserts customers change their travel plans for. Both visually appealing and delicious, creations range from bruscetta and polenta fries to almondillo merange cookies.
Everyday objects, useful & beautiful – the ultimate human touch.