George Lawrence Buhler – Craftsman

George Lawrence Buhler was born in 1921. He lived his young adult years through the Great Depression. George’s father was a baker; his grandfather, great-grandfather and gg-grandfather were all shoemakers. They all worked with their hands, they were craftsmen. George’s career occupation was a bookkeeper and accountant. Yet with a large family to support George supplemented his income as a craft maker, first by making and selling rosaries. Later he attended trade school to learn the art of monogram jewelry.¬†George also grew and collected bromeliads. He enjoyed woodworking and composing stained glass.¬†The influence of his depression upbringing can be seen in the birdhouse below – George wasted nothing and reused everything. The birdhouse is made from items found in his garage; fence boards, crown molding and other scrap wood items. Examples of his work are displayed below.