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Crafters ‘make’ the Lowcountry better

Amazing creations are all around us if you know where to find them.

Publisher Lori Goodridge-Cribb is back throwing, just like she did 20 years ago. Special thanks to Tayloe Cook and BO ART for making it possible.

A person who works with their hands is a laborer. An individual who works with their hands and their head is a maker. One who works with their hands, their head and their heart is a crafter. We dedicated this issue to that special group of locals — individuals who perfect the art and science of their chosen craft.

According to a recent survey, our readers value quality over quantity, hand-crafted over mass-produced and local over imported. Unfortunately, many local crafters suffer from a serious lack of exposure. They create wonderful products, yet many of us don’t realize they exist.

LOCAL Life and Hargray’s inaugural “Crafted in the Lowcountry Awards” hopes to change that.

We invited six local experts to judge the best locally made products in six categories — food, drink, home, style, crafts and art. With more than 60 qualified entries, it wasn’t an easy task. Each judge picked a winner for his or her category, then all of the category winners were voted on to determine the grand-prize winner.

The prize package included exactly what a small business needs — exposure. We feature the winning product on the cover of this issue and the craftsman who created it inside on page 50 along with all of the other winning products from each category. The winner also gets advertising and promotions, professional photography and videography, potential additional distribution and more.

In addition to the awards, this issue keeps the “crafted” theme rolling, highlighting local brands with global reach, spotlighting notable creators and introducing the “Crafted Corner,” a collection of drinking establishments tucked away on Hilton Head’s Cardinal Road.

Our stylish fashion shoot is set at BO ART, a collaborative community space to make art, build projects and learn new creative skills.

This issue also honors the legacy of Charles E. Fraser, the man most responsible for crafting the paradise we call home. We feel even old-timers will learn something new from this in-depth piece by celebrated writer Tommy Baysden.

Things are slowing down here in the Lowcountry now that most schools are back in session. We hope you made the most of your summer as we transition into fall. May you be blessed with good health, peace, love and joy.

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Tiffany lamps: You can do it!

Back in the early 1980s, I crafted a Tiffany lamp with the small amount of free time I had after teaching class. The process was more difficult than I expected. If you wonder why the beautiful lamps cost so much, try cutting and foiling all of those small pieces by hand, and then soldering them together on a round mold. The project took me seven months to complete but it was time well spent. Decades later, that lamp still hangs with pride over my dining room table. I’m just glad it can’t repeat all of the foul words I used while creating it.