Courtesy of Old Salt Blog, I was interested to come across a novel, centuries-old method of shrimp fishing – on horseback.
Intrigued, I looked for more information, and found this longer, more detailed view of the same “industry” in Belgium. I found it equally interesting.
It’s fascinating to think that such an ancient method of fishing has survived so long; and it’s good to know that the number of mounted fishermen in training has actually increased in recent years. I imagine the occupation is a lot less stressful than much of modern living, which is an attraction in itself.
Craftsmen guilds have known a resurgence. In the traditional manner, one is taken in by a master who acts as his mentor. This is combined with modern classroom activities. At the end of that period, the student than hits the road to become a 'journeyman' for perhaps up to a decade. Then he settles down to advance himself towards becoming a master. In the U.S., small scale foundries or furniture making or boatbuilding co-ops have sprung up in support of these guilds and the masters.
Historically here on the gulf coast they rowed nets out (trailing ropes from shore) when they saw a 'bait ball' close enough to shore, deployed the nets, and hauled them back to shore via mules or other draft animals.
I used to be a Navy fighter pilot, and now I plow the snow off my driveway with draft horses. I prefer the latter.