Nuts & Bolts: Quarterboards

September 8 and September 12 Segment

c77573d2af924921a196a1908cb7a517Nantucket Carving and Folk Art
(Nantucket business which makes hand carved quarterboards)

Did you know that in the early 1800s maritime law required that each ship be identified with boards bearing their name?  These signs were placed on the ship’s stern and along the quarter panel of the bow– hence the name quarterboards.  In later years, with the decline of whaling many of the ship quarterboards were removed and were displayed on island houses, thus beginning the tradition of naming Nantucket homes. Today no Nantucket home is complete without a clever name proudly displayed on a quarterboard out front!

Nuts & Bolts: Lean-to House

“‘Lean-to House”
September 1 and September 5 Segment

Lean-to HouseThe earliest Nantucket dwellings evolved from the lean-to house also known as the “saltbox”. This form has a 2 story front wall and 1 story rear wall with a long sloping roof called a cat slide.  The lean to house was usually situated with its front facing south to allow the sun to heat the large wall and its windows while allowing north winds to blow over the rear slope of the roof. Over the years most Nantucket lean-tos have evolved into full 2 story houses, but a handful still retain evidence of their cat slide roofs.