Bee Skeps

Bee Skeps

The typical period bee skep was made by coiling a rope of rye straw and interweaving it with oak splints. Inside the skep there are two crossed wooden slats that help give support to the hive and for the bees to attach their combs. A hole at the top serves as the entrance to the skep.

The basket-like bee skep was developed in Europe and brought to North America by European immigrants. [...] Click here to continue reading.

Nantucket – Lightship Baskets

Nantucket Lightship Baskets

The simple, sturdy oval and round woven Nantucket baskets, open or with lids, with handles or without, are fittingly the symbol of the industrious seafarers who made Nantucket Island the greatest whaling center in the world. The whalers aboard the lightships stationed near the island worked in shifts and in their spare time took up weaving baskets to sell ashore. Some of these early basketmakers were exceptionally prolific. Charles B. Ray, [...] Click here to continue reading.

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