Work by Hand: Cumberland Ridge Primitives

Father and son sat carving wooden snowman ornaments on the day I stopped by Cumberland Ridge Primitives.  William Vittone and his son from are among dozens of artisans, crafters and antique dealers that are bringing authenticity back to Southern shopping.
While many shops are decked out for the holidays, this store in rural Roane County, Tennessee is trying to deck the halls with items still handcrafted in the USA.  Owner Annette Leaman and her son, Brandon Temple are showcasing their own woodworking and soft sculpture with Christmas motifs.  Inside, artisans are selling a variety of handmade Christmas ornaments, plus jewelry, children's aprons and more.  
Annette Leaman and son Brandon Temple
William Vittone
Cumberland Ridge Primitives welcomes crafters from around East Tennessee, with a few items made elsewhere in the US.  The shop includes some crafting materials and decor made elsewhere, such as the decorative lighting and area rugs.  However, most of the store is devoted to products as local and handmade as possible.