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.