Very nice, detailed report. Thanks for sharing.
Sorry you didn't find much in the way of fine local crafts. There are a number of excellent craftsmen on the island, but I agree with you with regards to the overall outlook of the woodwork. There are some amazing jewelry artisans and are fairly easy to locate. As a matter of fact, one comes right to Banana Beach and sets up by the inner pool once a week.
Also, thank you for the disclaimer regarding the crocks. The locals seriously discourage this practice. I am not sure if it is legal or not, however due to the lack of safety it is NOT a recommended activity whether for viewing or for taking part.
I too have enjoyed many of the trips and meals you have mentioned. AC has soooo much to offer. Can't wait to return.