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Original Woodturning and Nantucket Basketry by Jim Silva. Lessons and demonstrations by appointment.

Jim Silva

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2015 Ball Ornament
This one's holly with a maple Christmas tree. Others have lighthouses and the species of wooden ball varies from holly to beech to cherry burl.
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    Last updated on December 7, 2014
    Welcome to Nantucket Turnings

    I'm Jim Silva and I created this site to showcase and make available for purchase my original Nantucket Turnings as well as the other pieces I design.

    What exactly is a Nantucket Turning? I'm a woodturner and Nantucket basketmaker and Nantucket Turnings are my unique, original fusion of two elegant and fascinating crafts.

    Woodturning and basketry are wonderfully tactile mediums and present infinite technical and artistic challenges. I welcome you to explore the pieces I have here or my website and hopefully learn more about woodturning or Nantucket basketry.

    Nearly all of the woods I use in my turnings are salvaged, either from storm-downed trees, damaged or diseased tree prunings or from lot clearings from arborists or tree services. I rarely use commercially harvested exotics and then, only from reputable, sustainable sources. As a matter of fact, many of the pieces displayed here were "rescued wood" from what was to be firewood or landfill.

    All of my pieces are one-of-a-kind and hand turned from solid wood on a lathe. A great many of my pieces are available for sale and if you see a piece you enjoy and would like to discuss commissioning of a similar piece please contact me through this website. I'm looking forward to sharing my work with you through this website. Enjoy :)

    I teach Nantucket Basketry and Woodturning from my home studio in West Wareham, MA and demonstrate Woodturning to clubs and other organizations around New England. Please contact me for further information and class availability.

    Accepted payment methods

    • Visa
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    • American Express
    • Discover
    • Apple Pay
    • Klarna
    • Sofort
    • Ideal
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    • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
    Returns and exchanges
    I create one of a kind, handmade pieces, and as such am unable to replace or exchange any item. I will gladly provide more detailed information and photographs before purchase if requested.

    Please bear in mind that these are HANDMADE items made of natural materials and often cracks, knots, voids and other blemishes are part of the piece's design.

    However, if this item is not what you were expecting for any reason, please contact me within 7 days of receipt for refund and return shipping instructions.

    I am not responsible for any damage or loss occurred during shipping.
    Pay Pal is my preferred way for payment. I will accept personal checks and money orders but will not ship till all funds are cleared.
    I ship to continental US only.

    Items will be shipped within 1-3 days, if all funds are cleared.

    I ship Priority Mail (USPS).

    I will not be held responsible for items lost or damaged in shipping.
    Additional policies and FAQs
    While all of my items are made with with foodsafe finishes, please contact me for specific information on the finishes I use if you have any concerns.

    My hand turned wooden vases are NOT intended to hold water but are suitable for use with dried or artificial flowers or fresh cut flowers in Aquapics™ or similar water tubes.

    Custom Orders/ Commission Pieces

    I will gladly create custom pieces for anyone desiring them. Most of my Nantucket Baskets ARE custom orders as there are a variety of options available. Please contact me for information and pricing.

    Custom orders will be created in the order in which they are received. Production times vary on piece and process.