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Artisans & Craft

Intention and heart goes into the many offerings Cape Breton’s artisans create.
Leather, glass, wood and clay are just a few of the mediums used to craft unique
pieces that speak to the landscape and people from which they are born.

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Artisans, Studios and Gift Shops

As you travel through our communities, you can meet dynamic artisans at work creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces. Artful surprises can be found tucked around the Island. There are clay potters on the North Shore, art galleries in the Highlands, rug hookers in Chéticamp and jewellery makers in between.

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Centre for Craft & Design

The Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design exists to promote excellence in the field of craft and design through education, training, exhibitions and special events. Their exceptional Gallery Shop contains the work of over 70 Cape Breton artisans. Browse hundreds of unique and one-of-a-kind items that are on display and available for purchase.

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Do It Yourself

If you are a doer, we have some creative hands-on experiences that will be sure to inspire. The Centre for Craft and Design offers workshops from introductory day sessions to advanced multi-day workshops. Some artisans across the Island offer DIY experiences such as Fabric Dyeing by the Sea, Glass Blowing Lessons, and Sea Glass Hunting and Jewellery Making.

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LeNoir Forge Museum

LeNoir Forge Museum

Region: Fleur-De-Lis, Marconi Trail, Metro CB Community: Arichat

Visit one of the oldest stone buildings on Cape Breton Island. "The Forge" built in 1793 by Thomas LeNoir and his brother Simon was an important enterprise on Isle Madame. Step back to a time when shi...

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LeNoir Forge Museum – Blacksmithing Experience

LeNoir Forge Museum – Blacksmithing Experience

Region: Fleur-De-Lis, Marconi Trail, Metro CB Community: Arichat

Visit one of the oldest stone buildings on Cape Breton Island and learn about the traditional art of blacksmithing. Classes are held Thursdays through out July and August as well as a once a month wee...

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Customs House Artisan Incubator

Customs House Artisan Incubator

Region: Fleur-De-Lis, Marconi Trail, Metro CB Community: Port Hawkesbury

The Customs House Artisan Incubator is a must-see in the Town of Port Hawkesbury, located at 402 Granville Street. The Gallery Shop at the Customs House features a stunning display of Cape Breton craf...

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“Besides the stunning vistas, the Cabot Trail is known for its artisans. Grabbing an Artisan Trail Map put out by the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, we began our slow circuit and discovered leatherworkers, glassblowers, hatmakers, potters, basketweavers, woodworkers, photographers and painters, among others. The Acadian side of the trail is especially well known for the fine rug-hooking done by craftspeople there.”

Alison Gregor
newsday.com

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