5" Round Nantucket Lightship Basket

comments (5) December 16th, 2008 in Reader's Gallery

oharaworks oharaworks, member
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For Laura...

A five-inch round Nantucket Lightship basket using (mostly) traditional materials and methods.  The base, handle, rim-halves and staves are of red oak, the weavers are 1.50 mm rattan cane.  The wooden parts are sealed with tung oil.  The completed basket is varnished and the base, handle and rim are given a couple of coats of hard, paste wax for protection.

Design or Plan used: My own design

posted in: Reader's Gallery, accessory, rustic, steam bending, oil, red oak, varnish

Comments (5)

oharaworks oharaworks writes: Hello, Dave.
Thanks for the compliment.
Construction time depends on how much of the basket you make and how much of the basket is bought pre-fab. I make all my own parts (except the rattan cane, of course) and figure on about 24 hours spread over 10 days from start to finish. This does not include the R&D of making the molds for the body, the rim halves and the handle. However, once these are made they are used over and over again. Another factor is, if you do all the parts yourself, how "authentic" you want the thing to be: are you going to break all the staves, rims and handle out of green white (or red)-oak? are you going to use a metal ear or a wooden ear? if a wooden ear, a simple insert or a through to the base ear/stave?...of course, the list goes on and on, ranging from the primitive to the effete...
Usually, people think it is just the time weaving. My round baskets, with 69 staves, whether a 12"d. or a 6"d. take about eight hours to weave (over three days because it takes a lot of attention and I'm teetering on the brink of senility...).
Hope this helps. Let me know if I can be of any further assistance.
Good luck,

p.s. I have a web site (http://www.oharaworks.com) where there are a lot of photos of my baskets and a few construction notes. T.
Posted: 8:27 pm on January 4th

wankero wankero writes: My next project is going to be an eight inch round Nantucket basket. How long did it take to make it? It looks great.

Dave Nelson. macher@pacbell.net
Posted: 11:38 am on December 27th

MBerger MBerger writes: Thanks! This really is a beautiful basket!
Posted: 9:17 am on December 18th

oharaworks oharaworks writes: Done, though I am amused that a magazine devoted to woodworking is having trouble with something "square."
Regards, Tim.
Posted: 10:12 am on December 17th

FineWoodworkingEditors FineWoodworkingEditors writes: Hi Ohara! I hate to admit it but your post exposed a bug in our photo software. Because you're images were square, our system failed to create the small versions that are used for the thumbnails. A fix for this is going out soon but could I trouble you to upload new images for those that don't appear, making sure the dimensions are anything but exactly square. Thanks, Matt Berger, Fine Woodworking
Posted: 4:09 pm on December 16th

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