Handmade Nantucket Baskets by All Tucker'd Out, Featuring Miniature Nantucket Lightship Baskets And Open Basket Styles.

 

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Each Nantucket basket is individually handmade by Janet Tucker

 

 

Nantucket Baskets

The Nantucket basket originated on the Nantucket Lightship which was anchored off the coast of Nantucket to warn ships of the dangerous shoals.  To pass the time, the lightship keepers began to make baskets using molds made from pieces of old ship masts.  The baskets were made then, very much like they are today with a wooden slotted base and cane weavers.   Nantucket baskets have a wonderful history and antiques are very sought after by collectors.

All of my Nantucket baskets are handmade using traditional methods.  They all start out with a wooden slotted base that is attached to a mold.  All of the staves or ribs of the basket are made of cane and are tapered by hand.  The staves are then inserted into the slot around the base.  The basket is woven with cane and finished off with a hand scarfed rim made of reed.  Each basket is engraved on the bottom with my signature and the year it was made.  The basket is then given multiple coats of polyurethane to protect and bring out the beauty of the basket.  As a new basket ages it will develop that great dark patina commonly seen on fine antique Nantucket baskets.  You will also find that most of my baskets come with an embellishment of either a bone carving, or a piece of scrimshaw.  I offer a variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from miniature baskets, open round baskets, open oval baskets, to the famous Nantucket basket purse.   I also have a basket of the month with a special discounted price!  I hope you will find one to add to your collection today!

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