Nantucket Bucket Basket

Nantucket Bucket Basket


Woven by a Massachusetts native with 17 years of experience in the art of traditional Nantucket lightship basket weaving. 

Artisanally crafted with cane woven around a galvanized bucket which allows this basket to be used for carrying bivalves from the seashore, ice and beer for clambakes and picnics, or collecting eggs from the coop. The rim, base, staves and handle are all made of cherry wood. 

The Massachusetts Wampanoag Indians taught the early settlers of Nantucket how to weave utilitarian baskets out of local materials. Sailors on whaling ships of the early 1800's began to make more refined solid wood base and rattan weavers baskets as a way of passing time during months at sea with materials crew members purchased during journeys to the South Pacific.

As the art of the Nantucket basket evolved, moulds made from cut up ship's masts were employed to make practical vessels for carrying berries, vegetables and mercantile purchases. Sweethearts and wives benefitted from the artisanal sailor hobby and soon a Nantucket basket became a stylish sign of islanders and visitors alike that has endured for two hundred years.

Handmade in Massachusetts, USA

8 3/4" D x 8 3/4" H

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