It's a vanishing piece of Americana, the backyard artisan making crab traps by hand, but one of these treasures is in Assumption Parish.
Elwood Metrejean bends, cuts and twists the wire mesh on his work bench. "I just wanted to learn how to make them. It's a lot of work, oh, Lord!."
Elwood is a fisherman and a craftsman. He learned the ways of the bayou as a kid and still loves the life. He celebrates the lifestyle in his own way, with his hands. Elwood hand makes the crab traps he uses to catch dinner. He wraps the wire around the steel pipe which supports the roof of his porch workshop. State-of-the-art technique involves molding stiff wire mesh around whatever works.