Nantucket Basket 9" Round
This 9" diameter Nantucket Basket is the largest size Open Round Nantucket Lightship basket I currently offer from my Nantucket Basket Collection.
The large 9" Lightship Nantucket basket takes on a variety of different looks by mixing cane with hardwood staves or rims . Creamy colored Nantucket-grade cane blends so naturally with the traditional rattan reed rims, as shown in the photos.
The basic 9" Nantucket Basket features an ash hardwood base (cherry or oak woods also available), hand-tapered and beveled can staves and traditional steam-bent rattan reed rims. Hardwood staves will given an entirely different feel, weight and look to this fine Nantucket basket, as will the use of hardwood rims.
The traditional Nantucket basketry rattan rims are standard, but can be upgraded to cherry or oak hardwood. 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 under the rims of the body - 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 knobs and washers, or colored floral scrimshaw are available for an additional cost.
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 Nantucket 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. Excellent craftsmanship and attention to detail. It measures 9.5" diameter, 7" high and 12" at handle. Signed and dated on the base by the weaver.
With its very generous size, this Nantucket basket, it will become one of your most used and prized Nantucket baskets!
Nantucket Basket 9" Round
Although I am no longer accepting orders for the Nantucket Basket 9" Round, I do craft a few of these per year. When available for sale, you can purchase it directly from my Simply Baskets website.