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Lightship Baskets Of Nantucket (Schiffer Book For Collectors)

On the island of Nantucket, the Nantucket Lightship Basket developed over many decades into the distinctive basket so highly prized by collectors today. The baskets evolved in the mid-nineteenth century from wooden splint baskets made by Algonquin Indians and were adapted by Nantucketers, who introduced hardwood bottoms, utilized wooden molds, and replaced wooden splints with rattan. The fascinating history of this basket and its makers is richly illustrated with color photographs that detail construction and show beautiful examples of the craft. Special emphasis is give to depicting the rigorous life aboard the New South Shoal lightship, the crew of which produced beautifully constructed baskets, many of which are shown here. The history of the basket is updated to the present day, including the 1940s development of the covered "pocketbook" basket and the work of contemporary basket makers. For the collector, Martha Lawrence provides details to consider in evaluating antique and contemporary baskets. She also takes the reader through easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for the construction of a basket, including accurate photographs of the stages crucial to producing an authentic piece. Lightship Baskets of Nantucket is a fascinating study of a craft whose popularity is increasing and whose heritage is as enduring as the baskets themselves.

Series: Schiffer Book for Collectors

Paperback: 128 pages

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; 2 Rev Exp edition (August 30, 2000)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0764308912

ISBN-13: 978-0764308918

Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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I bought this book after taking classes in making lightship baskets locally, and must admit that without it I would not have been able to continue making them at home. The history of the baskets is excellent, and colored photographs of baskets as well as the island of Nantucket are numerous throughout the book. If you are at all interested in baskets, this book is a must!

This book is filled with information about the Lightship baskets and their history, along with many of the renown makers of the baskets. If you are a fan of the Nantucket Lightship Baskets and handbags, you will enjoy this publication.

I took a class by Martha Two yrs. ago that was great to. It was at the MBA in Grand Rapids MI. The book is just as good if not better. The history is something I always wanted to know about . Thank You Martha for such a wonderful book . C. M. Miller Bay City MI.

A companion book to the traditional lightship book, interesting history of the island & its people, pictures of current nantuckets, good details and pictures for those willing to make their own.

This is just another wonderful book on Nantucket baskets to add to your collection about baskets. Great pictures as well as historical information and much more.

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