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The baskets are woven in the Nantucket style out of either pure cane or high strength translucent fishing line for a unique look.  Often a pattern is woven into the basket for variation.  Here is a sample of our work.  Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.


1-2 inch miniature Nantucket Basket (fishing line)    $75
3 inch diameter Nantucket Basket (cane or fishing line) $75
4 inch diameter Nantucket Basket (cane or fishing line) $90
6 inch diameter Nantucket Basket (cane or fishing line)$120
9 inch diameter Nantucket Basket (cane)$195


These miniature baskets are woven on a mold in the traditional Nantucket style and have hand made rims, bases and handles from Rick's wood shop.  They are woven in fishing line, and they are adorable.

            
5725 - SOLD 1.5-inch Green fishing line, Cherry rim, Cherry base, Poplar handle, Poplar staves 5455 - 2-inch Green fishing line, Cherry rim, Cherry handle, Mahogany staves   


These baskets are woven on a mold in the traditional Nantucket style and have hand made bases and handles from Rick's wood supply.  They are tightly woven with no glue, just tension and tuck, and are very sturdy.  Baskets of this size can be used for potpourie, loose change, business cards, rings, keys, or just decoration for their beauty. 

3899 - Red Fishing Line with Sycamore Handle         2258 - Cane with X Pattern         3632 - SOLD Silver Blue Fishing Line with Oak Handle
  



These baskets are woven on a mold in the traditional Nantucket style and have hand made bases and handles from Rick's wood supply.  They are tightly woven with no glue, just tension and tuck, and are very sturdy.  Baskets of this size can be used for candy, notes, potpourie, loose change, business cards, rings, keys, or just decoration.  When made with fishing line, they shimmer in the light and are translucent for additional beauty.

                              
2709 - Green fishing line                2754 - Red fishing line                 2760 - Red fishing line
7089 - SOLD Cane with Mahogany staves, Cherry base, Walnut handle, Purpleheart accents7090 - Cane with Mahogany staves, Cherry base, Oak handle, Purpleheart accents7428 - Cane with Cherry staves, Cherry base, Oak handle, Purpleheart accents



These baskets are woven on a mold in the traditional Nantucket style and have hand made bases and handles from Rick's wood supply.  They are tightly woven with no glue, just tension and tuck, and are very sturdy.  Baskets of this size can be used for candy, breadsticks, notes, potpourie, loose change, jewelry, keys, or just decoration.  When made with fishing line, they shimmer in the light and are translucent for additional beauty.

3907 - Silver Blue Fishing Line with Walnut Handle
 
     4590 - SOLD Bright Blue Fishing Line with Mahogany and Oak staves                   5315 - Cane with Oak staves and Cherry base
 
 
 
7087 - SOLD Cane, Cherry Handle, Cherry Base, Mahogany Staves, Zebra Accents7429 -  Cane, Oak Handle, Cherry Base, Mahogany Staves, Purpleheart Accents7459 - SOLD Cane, Zebra Handle, Cherry Base, Mahogany Staves, Cherry Accents
 
7460 - Cane, Zebra Handle, Cherry Base, Mahogany Staves, Cherry Accents7461 - Cane, Red Oak Handle, Cherry Base, Mahogany Staves, Padauk Accents


These baskets are woven on a mold in the traditional Nantucket style and have hand made bases and handles from Rick's wood supply.  They are tightly woven with no glue, just tension and tuck, and are very sturdy.  Baskets of this size can be used for anything including mail, pictures, bread, fruit, or just decoration. 

    
7462 - Cane Open Weave, Cherry Base, Mahogany Staves, Cherry Handle, Padauk Accents7463 - Cane Spiral, Cherry Base, Walnut Handle, Mahogany Staves, and Padauk Accents


Basketry is the craft that we build together.  We are partial to Nantucket style baskets because that is where we went for our honeymoon.  On our third trip to Nantucket in 1999, we observed a basket maker at work and decided to give it a try.  We bought all of the materials, some molds and a book, and went to work experimenting with the media.  

Rick does all of the woodworking by hand.  The woodworking involves making the bases on a lathe, cutting staves (vertical weavers), fitting rims and fixings, and cutting and bending the handles.  Rick uses different woods, including walnut, cherry, and oak.

The staves must be placed around the base when wet, and bent to fit the mold before drying.  After the weaving, the rims are attached to the top of the staves, and finishing cane is woven around the rim.  The handle is made by bending heated, wet wood around a handle mold before drying.  Then the handle is attached.  Rick has quite a large collection of clamps to help with these jobs.

The weaving is done by Deb.  For the more traditional Nantucket style, strand cane is used for the horizontal weaving.  For an artistic flair, translucent fishing line is used that catches the light and is extremely durable.  She also adds a variation to the pattern by weaving in a spiral design around the basket.  We sometimes insert Rick’s lapidary artwork in the inside base.

 
   
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