If you don’t have a life preserver hang onto these vintage wood buoys. It’s the next best thing but hopefully you’ll never need one. Instead, use these vintage wood buoys to decorate your coffee table. Not everyone will know what they are but they sure will get the conversation started. Long gone are the days when a few magazines and an arrangement of fresh cut flowers would do the trick for a coffee table. Now it’s all about that unique vintage find. The one that sets your coffee table and room apart from all the others. It also shows that you have a unique and interesting personality. One that a few books or magazines won’t satisfy. So how did the buoy even get started.
Vintage Wood Buoys
A buoy is of Dutch origin and is obviously a floating device that can have several purposes in life. I actually had no idea that there were so many different kinds of buoys. The most recognized is the Sea Mark Buoy which on the river provides guidance for boaters to navigate up and down the waterway without colliding into each other. And of course there is the Life Buoy which is designed to be thrown and to save lives. But there are so many other types of buoys. Submarine buoys are released in case of emergency to provide their location and communication. Scuba divers use Surface Marker Buoys to mark their position while doing decompression stops. Shot buoys are used to mark the dive site locations in times of high tides and low visibility. Fairway Buoys mark the entrance to a channel or nearby landfall. Ice Mark Buoys help snowmobiles navigate around ice holes in frozen lakes and rivers. And there are even Tsunami Buoys that are used to detect sudden changes in undersea water pressure used in conjunction with tsunami warning systems. Little did I know about all these buoys but the ones I like best are these vintage wood buoys resting comfortably on my coffee table. It’s a lot safer than navigating the high seas.