The Carter Trap Shop, March, 1972

Bimbo Carter (18), Ken Glidden (17), and Ron “Luke” Carter (16), from left to right, are in the workshop building traps for the coming lobstering season. Before wire traps made their debut, lobstermen and their families spent the winter months building and repairing their wooden ones. It was a time-consuming but necessary task. Wooden traps only lasted a few years.

Lobstering and clamming were a way of life for the eight Carter children. They all dug clams to earn money for school clothes, among other things. Bimbo began lobstering with an old skiff and small traps as a boy and had his own summer lobstering business by the age of 12.

Building Wooden Lobster Traps

Catalog Number LB2005.24.10976