8" Open Round Nantucket Basket
This 8" diameter Nantucket Basket is one of the larger size Open Round Nantucket Lightship baskets offered from my Nantucket Basket Collection.
This large 8" Lightship Nantucket basket can take on a variety of different looks with the use of cane or hardwood staves . The creamy colored Nantucket-grade cane contrasts so beautifully against the dark cherry wood rims as shown in the photos.
The standard, or basic Nantucket Basket 8" consists of an ash hardwood base, cane staves and weaving, rattan reed rims, and a hardwood handle.
Traditional Nantucket basketry rattan reed rims are standard, but can be upgraded to cherry or oak hardwood. The traditional rattan reed basket rims are pre-drilled, then nailed with thin brass escutcheon pins, which are cut flush, peened over and sanded smooth. The basket rims are then single lashed in cane, with a broad piece of formed cane on top of the rims to cover the slim gap between the inside and outside basket rims. As in all fine Nantucket basketweaving, an additional piece of cane is used not only under the rims of the body, but also on top of the basket lid - covering the slim gap between the rims and the weaving.
The matching hardwood hand-carved swing handle is attached with bone knobs, washers and a brass handle bolt. Ivory hardware is also available, as are colored floral ivory scrimshaw knobs.
A final finish of multiple coats of hand-applied varnish are applied to both the inside and outside of the basket. This brings out the full beauty of the natural materials, and helps to protect and strengthen the basket. All the hardwood parts are given even more attention to protect and burnish, bringing them a deep luster which is glass-smooth to the touch. These, and many other fine details, set my Nantucket baskets apart from all others.
Great size for display for your Nantucket basket collection, and large enough to be used as a storage basket. It measures 8.5" diameter, 6" high and 11" at handle. Signed and dated on the base by the weaver.
With the generous size of this Nantucket basket, it will become one of your most used and prized Nantucket baskets!
Nantucket Basket 8" Round
Although I am no longer accepting orders for the Nantucket Basket 8" Round, I do craft a few of these per year. When available for sale, you can purchase it directly from my Simply Baskets website.