|Handmade Solid Wood Molds|
|Of all the basket makers tools I believe the molds may be the
most valuable and valued. Molds of course are a key element in the History of what is the Nantucket Lightship Basket. Historically
molds were made from ships spars and masts which were very plentiful at the time (over 160
ships were registered out of Nantucket during the height of the whaling era). I personally
own a mold from this era and still make baskets on it! As you can imagine weavers would
pass down through generations and many of my local students own such molds. Solid wood
molds, aside from providing weight that will help keep the mold in place during the
weaving process, are very nice to look and many students start "collecting" a
mold every so often. Except for the very largest molds all
hardwood molds are made from solid mahogany. This
insures that a mold will last for generations
All Handmade molds are made by me at my workshop on Nantucket. They come pre-finished, signed and dated, complete with all hardware, and under normal use (don't put them in the freezer or oven!) are warranted for the life of the mold against defects in workmanship.
Although Solid molds are finished they should always be protected from extremes in temperatures and humidity and as they start to wear extra coats should be added. Additionally you can keep a very light coat of paste wax on the mold. (any good paste-type furniture wax) Waxing the mold will also aid in the process of removing the basket from the mold.
Larger sizes cost slightly more E-mail me for a quote on specific sizes