Although Thomas Lemuel Oates started Manual Woodworkers & Weavers in 1932, the story goes back further. The roots of the company can also be found in Oates’ entrepreneurial spirit. He and his brother used to farm the mountain areas of Bat Cave in western North Carolina. They would also help their mother find materials for her crafts. The sons started to make wooden whistles, buckets and bird-houses. They would sell their wares together with her crafts to the people from Charlotte that came through in their horse-drawn buggies so one can the mountains. Later, Thomas worked at the Ashville Postcard Company. When the Depression hit, he lost his job, but it inspired him to enter business and sell crafts, like cornhusk dolls and woven pieces, that were produced by the local women. He had learned about the wholesale business at the same time as working at Ashville. He built a waterwheel to generate electricity at a mill, started making product and opened shop. Through the years, he expanded the company. His son, Lemuel Oates, who would next manage the company, says he worked in the business from a young age. He explains the products were made from cotton scraps left over from making socks. Half-inch circles would be looped together to form a lot of products. Lemuel Oates went to college and then settled in Richmond. In December 1973, he returned to Bat Cave and took over the company. In 2007 his son Travis and his daughter, Molly Oates Sherrill, took over the business.
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Woven throw with knotted fringe edging and multi-colored design
46 x 60-Inches, perfect for a couch or queen size bed
Design features the famous passage referred to as Footprints in light blue with red and white lighthouse image
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