Instructor: Bob Antonishak

Skill Level: Some basket weaving experience is preferred but not required

This workshop will include the use of all necessary tools, mold, cane, and reed to complete a Nantucket basket ready for finishing.  The mold size will be between 3 and 5 inches with a solid cherry rim and base.  It is not necessary to have basket-making experience but would be helpful.

The Nantucket-style basket is made on a mold using cane and reed material.   The weave is tight and with narrow spacing between the staves.

The first true Lightship Baskets were made in the mid-to-late 1800s aboard the Lightship stationed on the Nantucket Shoals. The first Lightship Station on the Nantucket Island Shoal was established in June 1854 and crewed by six men.[4] Deployments aboard the Lightship often lasted for 30 days and the crewmembers generally had little to do.[5] The earliest Lightship Baskets began appearing in the 1860s and are generally of a more utilitarian form. The first purse-style basket with a lid was made by Lightship Captain Charles Ray (1798–1884) and is relatively similar to the type sold today. Lightship basket bases, rims, and staves tended to be made on-island, with lightship crewmembers bringing these items on board the ship to do the actual weaving and help pass the time. The molds were originally made from old cut-up ships’ masts.

If you have any questions please contact Bob Antonishak at

All materials are included in the tuition.

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Cancellation/Refund Policy: 

The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen does not provide cash refunds for the cancellation of classes unless the class is canceled by the instructor or the Guild.

In order to request a withdrawal from a workshop, students must contact the Guild by phone at 717-431-8706 or contact us here at least 7 days prior to the class. Students who request a withdrawal at least 7 days prior to the class will receive a credit that can be used toward another workshop. No refunds or transfers will be given to cancellation requests made with less than 24 hours’ notice of the class.

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  • Nantucket Baskets - Day 1
     9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Nantucket Baskets - Day 2
     9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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113 Lutece Circle, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, 19348, United States

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