Sunday, 15 June 2014

Wooden Lobster Pot Buoys

Do you know much about wooden lobster pot buoys?

Well here is a little history. 

Wooden lobster pot buoys are a type of float that is attached to a cane pot/trap in order for lobstermen to be able to identify their traps which have been set on the ocean floor. The buoy is attached to the trap and it floats on top of the water enabling the lobstermen to locate his pot/s easily. 


To identify their buoys the lobstermen have their own colour scheme. This is required by law and many mark their buoys with their initials or names, and also license numbers. No two lobstermen can have the same colour scheme, pattern or numbers. 

I import these wooden lobster pot buoys from Maine, USA & Nova Scotia, Canada where lobsters have been plentiful, so plentiful that during a time in the early 1800s, catching lobsters was done by gathering them by hand along the shoreline before traps started to be used around the mid-1800s.  Can you imagine being able to gather them along the shore? Wouldn't it have been amazing? 


All these authentic buoys are made from wood, shaped into spheres or rounded oblongs & some with a wooden pole attached. Don't they look fabulous?


Today, sadly wooden lobster pot buoys are no longer allowed to be used and have been replaced by plastic durable floats. So the old wooden lobster pot buoys have become highly collectible.


With their bright colours


and unusual shapes,


and unique patterns 


they do make wonderful coastal vintage home decor don't they? Imagine them in the bathroom or hanging in the garden?  Aren't the stars on these gorgeous?

To see what we have in-store at the moment, click this link:



Here are a couple of favourites displayed in the guest bathroom. 



4 comments:

  1. Love these!! Reminds me of a vacation in we took in Maine one year where everywhere we looked seemed like a postcard! These buoys are amazing and fun for any decor!! Lovely post!

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    1. Hi Faded Velvet, thank you. I would love to visit Maine one day and see all those pots. Imagine the photo opportunities - just like you said like a postcard, & of course eat lobster! I made it to Cape Cod but not Maine. Next time!

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  2. How interesting! They remind me of Nova Scotia and the most delicious lobster that I've ever eaten.

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    1. Oh how lovely to have visited Nova Scotia. such a gorgeous part of the world. :)

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