The building serving as home to Warner Mountain Weavers
began as the Deep Creek Schoolhouse in 1874.
The Masons, who had organized the area's first
Lodge in Eagleville in 1873, added a second story to the
existing building and used it for their meeting hall for many
A great number of Surprise Valley's founding
fathers were members of fraternal organizations such as the
Masons; some social historians have speculated their isolation
in the remote and sparsely settled region led to the rapid
growth of groups such as the Masons, Oddfellows, Knights of
Pythias and others that were once active in the valley.
When the Chases bought the building from the
Masons in 1998, the windows were not only heavily draped and
shuttered but boarded over with plywood. "It was pitch black
inside!" remembers Bonnie. The ladies of the Eastern Star met in
the downstairs room while the Masons held meetings in the space
overhead. When they sold the building, they left several long,
sturdy tables and green benches the Chases still use.
Today, the downstairs is a light-filled store
where customers might not only shop for unique woven items and
fiber art materials but where they can take lessons in knitting.
Bonnie has a line of hand-dyed yarn she sells under the label
Deep Creek Yarns. Warner Mountain Weavers also features local
handcrafts such as pottery, jewelry, handmade knives, and a
variety of soaps and lotions.
The shop has also become something of a
meeting place and a center of information. "We feel good about
sharing this historic old building with the community", said