I am a retired wildlife ecologist with a lifelong passion for the natural world – and a need to create.  I was born and grew up on Long Island’s south shore and so have always enjoyed birds and boats, everything about duck shooting, and all things – animals and plants – that live on the natural landscape. I adopted many of my passions and interests (and skills, too) from my Dad, Theodore (Ted) M. Sanford, Jr, of East Islip (1925 – 2011).

Sanford 4 - Pember

My wife and I live on an old farm in the rolling hills of Washington County, New York.  It is dairy country and we lease our fields to local farmers for corn and hay.  I retired in 2010 after a very fulfilling 35-year career in natural resource conservation, mostly with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.  I built the shop/studio of my dreams shortly before I retired and am very fortunate to spend many of my days there  in creative pursuits – painting, carving, woodworking, building, repairing, restoring, et cetera, et cetera.  (The image below is the shop’s door handle – a half-size Tundra Swan head that I mated up with a  “repurposed” barn door latch.)   I also play on the landscape with my tractor or chainsaw as the spirit – and the seasons – move me.

Shop Handle December 2010

I live on an old farm because I want to be able to be in nature without having to get in a car and drive there.   I can walk out the door – or even just look or listen from inside – and be in touch with an abundance of living things.  I am thankful every day that we have been able to achieve our dream – and we try to savor all it has to offer.

Shop - Summer 2010

LOGO Butterball - small

9 thoughts on “About

  1. Steve
    Being retired like yourself and built my own work shop, its great to live life to the full, but one never stops learning and I think this challendge is what makes us more creative and better waterfowlers.
    You are a true crafts man in every sence of the word with a fantasric website

  2. Steve,Sent you a long reply but something won’t let me send to -www.stevenjaysanford.com—Is THIS a correct addess?? Al Hunt

  3. What a pleasure it was to meet you and Susan at the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, Vermont. I will look forward to visiting your studio in the not too distant future.

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