This lobster buoy birdhouse is copied from a lobster buoy that was part of a collection of old wooden buoys that were given to me many years ago by friends in Buck's Harbor, Maine.
First used around 1850, the lobster buoy is important in lobster fishing. It marks the place where a fisherman has set a trap and comes attached by a line or rope to a triple, pair or single group of lobster traps on the ocean’s bottom. Originally, lobster buoys were created out of wood, mostly black cedar or spruce. To identify a particular lobsterman’s traps, the buoys were painted using a number of colors unique to each lobsterman. Many lobsterman derived a lot of pleasure from creating perfectly shaped, painted and whimsical lobster buoys which made them pieces of unique art. In fact, the color patterns are so unique that lobstermen have maintained the patterns for decades of fishing for the crustacean across New England’s waters.
Lobster Buoy Bird House
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Made of decay resistant cypress, our lobster buoy bird house measures 5” x 5” and is 24” tall. The 1-1/4” diameter hole will attract nuthatches, wrens, chickadees and other small birds. Don't miss this chance to add this unique bird house to your yard. You will not only benefit native bird species, you will also have the opportunity to monitor and enjoy birds.