The December 2020 Issue

Handmade Holiday


Welcome Home



These cookies hold a special place in recipe developer Lynn Wells’s heart: They were her dad’s favorites.


Putting It All Together

It’s the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature is stirring — only Mom and Dad, assembling toys and steeling themselves for those famous last words: “Batteries not included.”

A Handmade Holiday

Popsicle sticks and pipe cleaners, clothespins and construction paper: Made with love by little hands, the most precious ornaments cost almost nothing, but the memories they hold are priceless.

12 Days of Davidson

For more than three decades, the small college town north of Charlotte has been known for its Hallmark-like holiday festival featuring costumed pooches, gingerbread houses, and Christmas trees galore.

An Afternoon & a Tank of Gas: Seagrove

This town and its surrounding hamlets occupy only a few square miles in the corners of Randolph and Moore counties, yet they’re home to dozens of potters, one of the densest concentrations in the world. To paraphrase an old saw: You can’t throw a pot without hitting one.

Raleigh’s Enduring Hanukkah Tradition

The Handmade Hanukkah Market may be quiet this year, but the close-knit community of artisans at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh will not let a pandemic keep them down. Families will still be celebrating together, in their homes, remembering markets past — and hand-making goodies for the future.

The Burls of Bakersville

An injury led a former factory worker and lumber salesman to a new career as an artist. Known today as The Bowlmaker, he gives fallen trees in Mitchell County their own second chances.

7 Places to Shop for One-of-a-Kind North Carolina Gifts

From a handblown glass ornament that shines like a jewel to a coveted coffee mug perfect for Christmas morning, the best-loved gifts are the ones that can’t be replaced. We collected seven of our favorite galleries and craft shops across the state for local, handmade treasures that you can’t find anywhere else.