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Saturday, August 16, 2008

the faraway island


this summer i decided to make a nantucket knitting basket.

shamelessly stealing the knitting needle idea from michael kane.

i ordered a 14" piece of figured maple from burlwood online.
excellent customer service! and look at the figuring in that maple.

the inside of the basket is 13" , so i measured for a concentric ring to fit snugly inside the basket, cutting the outer circle out on the bandsaw with a circle cutter.

next karol and i roughly cut the inner circle of the ring with a jigsaw. then i sanded it on the drum sander.

the smaller circle left in the middle of the ring becomes the base for the basket. it is also cut on the bandsaw with the circle cutter.

the base is turned on the lathe.

here are the rough cut staves. the staves are cut on the bandsaw from green oak, which is oak that is still wet.

each stave is tapered on both sides of one end to compensate for the curve on the bottom of the mold.

next the edges of the staves are beveled on the belt sander, the edges are shaped like a letter opener.

one finished stave.

the oak staves take a long time to shape and sand, it feels like forever.

the base is screwed into the bottom of the mold, and the staves are shoved into a slot cut into the side of the base.

i had all good intentions of giving you a photo step by step of the basket process.

but i ran into a time crunch when the knitting needles didn't arrive in the mail when i thought they would ;-)

10 pair of 10" lantern moon straight needles, blonde wood shaft, ebony tops. each needle will have an ivory scrimshawed disk glued to the top.

lots of math and a template went into figuring out the placement of the holes for the needles.

each pair of needles fit perfectly into their holes.

the basket will be finished next summer.

i'll weave a pagoda shaped top with an ivory turned finial and knob in the center.

it was hard to leave my basket on nantucket.

film festival- we missed not having the beach movie :-(
it totally sucks that corporate sponsorship was so low. thank the fsm for stella artois!

all the movies i saw this year played at the sconset casino.

we stake out our favorite seats early.

rebecca with bobby and karol, they are the friends who we stay with in june. karol is my basket teacher/mentor/friend. bobby is the director of the nantucket artist association gallery and a fantastic painter.

the sconset casino has the coolest trelliswork all inside.

being the total luddite that i am, i LOVE the old fashioned ladies room in the casino.

aren't the doors too cute?

i know, i'm weird.


frozen river- 2 needles up but depressing

the deal- 2 needles up, better than expected

transsiberian- 2 needles way up

choke- please stab me with a sharp dpn, 2 needles down

baghead- 2 needles down

inbetween movies we grabbed a picnic dinner at the sconset market. the stairs on front street.

the view from the stairs on front street toward the ocean.

time before the next movie for ice cream at the market!

this charming cottage was part of sconset's original artist colony.

yummy cookout :-)

shop til you drop day. rebecca in front of the club car, our favorite restaurant.

a few shopping bags later.

for me, the holy grail of basketry- the mattapoisett basket. originated by gladys ellis, this basket was woven by letizia reilly.

the mattapoisett is woven over a mold like a nantucket, but it is woven with long pine needles and rafia. the woven lace inserts are similar to tenerife embroidery.


we love dukie, bobby and karol's kitty :-)

see you next june dukie!


Blogger Jessica said...

Your new basket will be stunning. But your pictures of the island got me in the gut as they always do. I miss it so much.

3:09 AM  
Blogger Joanne said...

Thank you for taking me on the vacation! It looked like such a fun time! The basket will be fabulous, too. There's something a bit screwy with the end of this post...maybe you can edit it?

3:27 PM  
Blogger June said...

ohmygosh, Vanessa! That new basket of yours is going to be wonderful!!! Well, it is already wonderful, but, when it is finished - I can't wait for more photos!! I love all the sites, and it makes me want to go back home. . . to New England area -

6:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my god.
You're going to get me into basketmaking.
I don't have time for basketmaking.
But that is SO wonderful!!

10:51 PM  
Blogger cindy said...

How could you leave that basket behind!!!The new bag at the end of your post is beautiful.

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Beth S. said...

I love your annual woodworking projects. How cool that this one is knitting-themed! :-)

11:42 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Gorgeous basket, Miss FF! I can't believe you managed to leave it behind.

Thanks for the tour. No wonder you love your time there.

3:40 PM  
Blogger cyndy said...

Nice basket work!! I so look forward to your trips to Nantucket and the baskets you crank out---but it just isn't fair to make me wait an entire year to see this one finished!! It is a beauty already!

luv the doors....

9:01 AM  
Blogger Teyani said...

you basket is breathtaking thus far.... I can't imagine leaving it for a whole year :-(

2:05 AM  
Blogger Romi said...

Wow. You are absolutely amazing! And it looks like a wonderful time. :)

I can't wait to see the finished basket!

12:24 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

I"m so imprssed with what you are doing with the basket. The construction is intriguing.

6:48 AM  
Anonymous Nan said...

Vanessa, is there anything that you cannot do? The basket is amazing. I was linked to your site via Anne. I love your black stole. It is really "sexy". I do have a question for you. Since you live in Florida, how often do you get to enjoy your hand knit creations?

12:46 PM  

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