|Project by jmartel||posted 04-11-2014 03:42 AM||810 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
My grandfather (mother’s side) began building Nantucket baskets in retirement, which eventually grew to him selling them in art galleries on Cape Cod. The main gallery he sold through was in Woods Hole, MA.
This was his final basket that he made before his stroke which left him paralyzed on the left side of his body, in 2005. He never finished the weaving and the upper rim. Fast forward to this year and my father finished up the weaving and the upper rim on the basket and gave it to me. I merely sanded off the old finish that was a mess, added a new finish, and applied the real ivory whale with epoxy. Center is cherry and finish is spray on poly. I did leave the back of the main plate finished as it was as I did not want to remove any of his marks or the carving of his initials/the date.
Just figured I would share basically a 3 generational project. The 2 half-hull models on the wall were his creations as well.
I’ve been calling first dibs on his basket making supplies/forms for a few years now to learn how to do this and I’m hoping I will be able to get them in the near future.