Every lobsterman had his own color scheme and many buoys are marked with initials and license numbers.
When I was a kid, one of the ways a clever youth could make a few dollars was to make these buoys out of wood for the local fishermen. We always welcomed an occasional storm because we knew some buoys would be lost and we would get a little windfall.
Wood buoys are against the law in Maine now, deemed a hazard to navigation by some government genius. Everyone has turned to plastic foam. The old wood buoys have become collectible.
Every lobsterman had his own color scheme and many buoys are marked with initials and license numbers. Some are quite rough-hewn while others are more shaped and finished. All are used but in good condition and fine for indoor or outdoor display. Nearly all from Maine with an occasional one from Nova Scotia.