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For over twenty years, Chris and Marty McCurry have been fashioning salvaged tree bark into decorative wall coverings. Based in Spruce Pine, the Highland Craftsmen Inc. collects bark from trees harvested by Southern Appalachian logging companies and creates something new out of it.
Spruce Pine in Mitchell County, North Carolina is known as “The Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree,” because the town is the setting for Gloria Houston’s children book, “The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree.” Houston donated her book’s marketing rights to Mitchell County to help create income for displaced textile and furniture workers. The county has focused on developing place-based businesses and artisanal craft shops to revitalize and transform the community.