Glenn Simmons poling glades skiff he made in Everglades, July 1985. Photo: Bud Lee
A native of Homestead, Glenn Simmons is a
master builder of skiffs, the vessels used to navigate the
Everglades. At the age of twelve, he made his first skiff of
cypress wood, which could be bent to a pointed bow. His skiffs
are used today by local builders to make molds for their
fiberglass boats. Simmons has hunted and navigated in the
Glades since the 1920s, when the area was still a frontier. He
has participated in the Florida Folklife/Folk Arts
Apprenticeship Program and received the Florida Folk Heritage
Award in 1995. Simmons' work is documented in text, slides,
and a copy of his book,
Gladesmen: Gator Hunters,
Moonshiners, and Skiffers, co-written with Laura Ogden.
The publications of the apprenticeship program and of the
Historical Museum of Southern Florida, both containing
articles about Simmons, are also included.
Originally submitted by: Bob Graham, Senator.
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