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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looking for, please email me for availability.
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