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Nantucket Basketworks of Cape Cod

Nantucket Lightship Baskets of All Shapes and Sizes


 Handmade Nantucket Lightship Baskets, custom made purses totes and specialty baskets by Lisa Bessette

Nantucket Lightship Baskets are distinctive handmade baskets originating over 150 years ago. They were first created by the crewmen of lightship vessels, as a way to pass the time at sea. The Nantucket Basket's labor-intensive construction is characterized by several distinctive features. They are hand woven using rattan or cane onto wooden molds with wooden bases. The Nantucket handbags are decorated with carved or scrimshaw pieces.

Still time to order!

All baskets take around 6 weeks for delivery BUT

We offer a beautiful gift card with a photo of the basket you have ordered - the inside is blank for a personal message to the recipient stating that the basket is being specially hand woven for them!

Nantucket Basketworks of Cape Cod features authentic, finely hand woven Nantucket Lightship Baskets by Lisa Bessette. They are custom made to your specifications. Over the years, we have received several awards for our handcrafted baskets, purses and tote bags. Our baskets have been photographed for The New York Times magazine, Vanity Fair, Brilliant Magazine and O, The Oprah Magazine. Lisa and her baskets were featured in Cape Cod magazine. Your authentic Nantucket Basket will be made to order using only the finest quality materials available, and it is guaranteed to last a lifetime. All of our baskets are signed and dated by Lisa Bessette. Feel free to browse around and look at our unique Nantucket-style purses and tote bags.  Our woven handbags and purses come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so we're sure you'll find one to fit your needs. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.

Lisa's baskets can now be found in fine shops on Cape Cod . See her beautiful work at Oceana in Orleans MA. New location! The baskets are now for sale at FabVilla in Mashpee Commons in Mashpee MA

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We also have special PHOTO GIFT CARDS. In some cases, when time is an issue- go ahead and order, send us an e-mail stating that this is a special gift and the date you need it and we can send you a photo of the basket you have chosen in a blank gift card. You have something to wrap up and say that your gift is being hand woven and will arrive is 6-8 weeks.

We take pride in our work, and will go to great lengths to provide you with the best possible customer service. If you have any questions, please call us at 508-833-1317, or email us at Thank you!

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9 inch Oval Purse - cherry colored staves
This is our classic 9 inch oval traditional Nantucket basket purse. This basket was just featured on the cover of Cape Cod Magazine - Nov/Dec 2011 issue! The basket is woven with cherry colored staves and cane weavers in the classic Nantucket fashion. The base, rims and handle are made of cherry wood. This basket is adorned with 2 scallop shells but may be ordered with other carvings. A 3 inch ivory name engraved quarterboard is attached to the inside cover. This is a classic Nantucket basket bag.

Compass Rose Roll Basket
This is a beautiful new design! A carved compass rose design decorates the cherry base on the bottom of this basket. The basket is available is either an 8 or 10 inch round size and stands about 3 inches tall. The basket is made in the traditional cane and reed design and has a cherry wood rim. The basket is signed and dated by Lisa Bessette. The center of the basket is decorated with an ivory plug.

6 inch Polygon Basket
A fun new shape in a basket design. This is a 6 inch polygon shaped basket. The basket has a cherry wood base, solid rim and handle in this interesting new shape. The basket is woven in the authentic Nantucket style and the center is adorned with a seahorse carving. Other carvings available on request. Email for details. The basket is signed and dated by Lisa Bessette.

Eyeglasses Holder Basket
A fun new design. Always looking for your glasses? Now they can be held in their own Nantucket basket ! This basket is 8 inches long and 4.5 inches wode. It stands 2 inches tall. The basket has a cherry wood base and rim and is woven in the authentic Nantucket style. The inside base of the basket is adorned with a 3 inch long ivory piano key with a custom scrimshaw design of folded glasses. The basket is signed and dated by Lisa Bessette. A very unique gift!

8 inch Oval Contemporary Purse
A great new basket purse! A very new and contemporary look on a classic Nantucket basket. This 8 inch oval purse is 6.5 inches wode and stands 4.5 inches tall. It has cherry bases and solid hinged cherry rims. The cherry handle is done in the Martin Brown style and the materials of the basket are cane and reed. Your choice of carving for the cover and the magnetic closure is a shell. A name engraved quarterboard is inside the lid.