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Maine-ly Buoys Large Authentic Buoy Replica
Today, wooden lobster buoys are used sparingly due to the damage they cause props and because the use of modern materials is increasingly commonplace. The wooden buoy is truly a rarity, but they are still carved by MAINE-LY BUOYS® using an ancient jig built around 1920.
- All buoys are cut and shaped from northern white cedar
- Assorted color patterns*
- 21" x 5"
- Includes rope hanger
*Color varies - we will choose for you at time of purchase.
The buoys of yesteryear were simple pieces of wood, usually cedar, but anything would do. Primarily, northern Maine cedar was used because of its durability for use in the salt water and the fact that Maine cedar was easily obtained. Also, there was little demand for this wood around the turn of the century. As time passed, fishermen became more fanciful and began to shape their buoys so they would torpedo into the tide. These pieces of wood were most often carved and shaped to the whims of the individual lobsterman. Names and initials were also carved into the buoy when some started to look alike.
Today, wooden lobster buoys are used sparingly due to the damage they cause to boats' props and because the use of modern materials, such as plastic, is increasingly commonplace. The wooden buoy is truly a rarity, but they are still carved by Maine-ly Buoys using an ancient jig built around 1920.