Mary Sue Joy
I became intrigued by the history of the Nantucket Lightship basket seven years ago. The symmetry and sturdiness of these little baskets coupled with my love of historic articles was intriguing; so began my journey. Each basket is mold woven employing traditional tools such as a scarfing knife, scissors, a packing tool and water to dampen the cane weaver. Occasionally the perfect piece of glass procured from an antique shop find, becomes a mold captured inside the basket, creating a more artistic expression of the Nantucket. Various species of wood are chosen for bases, lids, handles, or steam- bent for staves. Canes of varying sizes and colors are woven over cane or wooden staves in various patterns. The basket body receives several coats of protective spar urethane while the wood is hand rubbed creating a meticulous finish. Many hours of careful weaving produce a finished product that is lovingly crafted to become a treasured heirloom.
Baskets hand crafted of brown ash trees selected in the Maine forest. They are made using the tools and methods of the Maine woodsmen, Shakers, and Native American basketmakers. The process includes pounding an ash log to separate the growth rings, hand splitting, carving , green bending, and hand scraping. We also use the weaving techniques combined with goldsmithing methods to create baskets and wearable pieces hand woven and fabricated of precious metals.