This wood crafter’s name is Don Snyder. He has been sawing wood since he was a small child when he sat on the wrong end and tumbled down with the limb. He learned the lesson the hard way, but it didn’t stop him. Now he is 82 and still sawing. He has built houses for us to live in and had a business making stakes and laths for surveyors. For the last thirty years he has made jewelry boxes out of drift wood. For me the fun part was going out on the waterways with him to gather the drift wood. I can’t think of anything better than being laid back in a boat, bobbing up and down with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich watching the birds fly over. He is unable to work with large heavy wood now because of his health, but he is still going strong with little things, like pens turned on a lathe, small clocks and ring boxes.
He made the chest that these camphor jewelry boxes are sitting on.
He kept the natural shape of the wood.
Tables were mostly made of red wood, camphor, and buckeye from California
Even my kitties like to check out his work.
The tea pots, birds, clocks, and pens he turns on a lathe.
My youngest sister did the wood burning art work on these table tops.
Buzzard is the nick name his youngest son Tom and his friend Don gave him along time ago when they use to hunt wood together out in Ozello Florida. When they got hungry they just pulled some oysters out of the water and ate them raw. Yuk. The nick name is still used today. It’s a good thing he has a sense of humor.