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No other basket style is so unique to its place of birth as that of the Nantucket basket. The characteristics that identify these stunning baskets can not be found on any other baskets in the world.
Nantucket Basket History
Nantucket is a small island several miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In the early 1700's, it was bustling with activities revolving around the whaling trade. Lightships were put into commission long before the advent of modern day electronics and were manned by a crew of ten sailors whose sole duty was to keep the lights going. Many sailors, to fill empty hours, took up crafts. Some sailors used the materials made available on these ships for making baskets. The hallmarks of the Nantucket basket design are the solid wooden disc base, the symmetrical ribbed staves, tight weaving techniques, and the use of molds (like the Shakers) to create a perfect shape. While different craftsmen have their own style, materials and shape, those basic tenants of the Nantucket basket remain the same. In this catalog we believe you will find a full range of Nantucket kits and materials to choose from.
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