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

16 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.

  4. It was a pleasure to visit your farm last year Steve. Kyle and I look forward to a longer stay next time. You are truly living the dream.

  5. better get those brant together fella–Saw a jag of them in Jamaica bay on the belt this weekend. Damn things were flying across the road from a wide gut, out into the bay on the trip home.

  6. Have you ever entered any of your carvings at The Ward World competition in Ocean City, Maryland? There are a couple/few categories where you would be a strong competitor.

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