Is there such a word as Craftor or Crafter?
I am creating a poster for a craft show. I want to say, Crafters and Vendors needed, but I don't think Crafter is a word.

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    How about craftspeople and/or artisans? – KarlG Jan 11 at 15:43
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    I'd be willing to say in that specific context, "Crafter" would be understood and would be fine to use. – BruceWayne Jan 11 at 17:30
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    @BruceWayne agreed - crafter is common. See also the "other words" section under "craft" in Merriam Webster. (FWIW, I've never seen "craftor" and though I'd understand it, I would assume it was a typo) – A C Jan 11 at 17:37
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    Agree with @KarlG about artisans. That seems to be the trending term these days. – Laconic Droid Jan 11 at 18:25
  • In the context of the question, there's a false premise that crafter is not a word. So, it should be the answer if it was only rejected on the basis of it not existing. Otherwise, I agree with the comment about artisan. That's the word I would personally use. But it's not clear if, given the validity of crafter, an alternate is still being asked for. So, I won't provide it as an actual answer. – Jason Bassford Jan 11 at 18:59

2007 R. W. Hesse Jewelry Making through History: To make brass jewelry, crafters use a variety of tools, including..buffing wheels, rouge polish, [etc.].

crafter Collins Dictionary and crafter:

noun a person who does craftwork

Crafter(s) is an English word, of the less frequently used category.

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The noun form of to craft which is most often used is craftsman, plural craftsmen. If you're worried that you're excluding women, consider using the gender-neutral form craftsperson. 'Crafter' can be used (Merriam Webster lists it as a synonym of 'craftsman') but is much less common; see this Google Ngram Viewer graph comparing the frequency of craftsman, craftsperson, crafter and craftswoman.

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    I'd be careful with this one - craftsmen are (as your dictionary link says) generally practitioners of a given trade, i.e. professionals. If OP wants to only recruit people working in a trade then this will be fine, but if OP wants anyone who has ever done some arts-and-crafts time, then this is likely to exclude them (or at least be unclear to folks reading the poster). – A C Jan 11 at 17:32

What do you think of the term craft artists (the word artist is a term in English commonly used to mean a person skilled at a particular task or occupation)? What I found out is that some companies out there do use this term in their job descriptions when they hire people. Here's how the job search website Sokanu.com describes this type of occupation on one of their pages:

A craft artist is someone who uses a variety of materials and techniques to create art for sale and exhibition. They create handmade objects such as pottery, glassware, textiles, or other objects that are usually designed to be functional, but sometimes the original works of art have only aesthetic value rather than a functional one.

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