Swimming with the sharks
Buddy has been bonefishing his whole life, just like his father and grandfather before him. They taught him the way through the creek systems on the mainland of Abaco. With his knowledge of tides, seasons and weather Buddy always knows where to go to find the bonefish, but finding them is just the start. Buddy's handmade flys and casting skills allow him to reel in the hard fighting fish time after time.
Growing up on Long Island, Del and Emma Cartwright learned how to live off the land from a young age. Now both in their 80s the husband and wife team are experienced in working with straw, collected and dried from native thatch palm. While Emma plaits the straw into beautiful hand bags, Del twists the straw, forming tightly woven baskets. Having passed this trade onto their children, their hope is that this art will continue on for many years.
Learning from his father at a young age, Willard Albury is the founder of Albury Brothers Boats. Originally building wooden runabouts, the company is now known for their fiberglass runabout boats of the same design. Since Willard’s retirement his two sons have taken over the buisness. Willard still spends a lot of his time overseeing the building of boats, but on nice days he can be found out on the Sea of Abaco fishing in one of his handcrafted boats.
Albury’s Sail Shop was started by a sail maker and his wife over 60 years ago. She began making bags and purses out of the left over scraps of material. Today it is no longer a sail loft but their granddaughter Annie continues the tradition of making bags with colorful canvases.
Rake N’ Scrape is a type of Bahamian music when brought by slaves from Africa was played solely on found objects due to lack of electricity. “Pumpy” Johnson has been playing Rake N’ Scrape music since 1956. In his traditional Rake N’ Scrape band “Bo’hog N’ Da Rooters” he plays accordion along side a drummer and saw scraper. It is “Pumpy” that keeps the Rake N’ Scrape music on Cat Island alive by teaching it to the younger generation.