Black Ash Pack Baskets


22″ x 13″ x 9″

Woven, split-work construction; hand-split black ash and white oak, saddle leather straps

Woven from New Hampshire black ash with white oak rim and handle, this basket was a fun take on the traditional New England pack basket. It has a bit of flare from the belly to the rim that you typically don’t see in these baskets, but I wanted to give it a more sculpted shape.

New England black ash is the Lexus of split wood basket materials, as opposed to the Mac truck, contrary nature of Southern white oak with which I typically wrangle.

img_03011Special thanks to Jack Leadley (shown left) for tutoring me on his method of creating and attaching straps to the pack. Jack is an Adirondak renaissance woodsman who’s likely busy right now in his sugar shack making maple syrup.

Below is a much larger pack basket I made while working with renowned basket maker John McGuire.

4 Comments on “Black Ash Pack Baskets

  1. I too am a basket weaver, though I do not harvest my own materials. I have seen similar grass baskets out west and they are woven by American Natives using ancient techniques.
    There is something very healing and restful about weaving. Your technique and workmanship are impecable. Thank you for your website. I found you as the new editor of Total Landscape.

  2. Thanks, Laura. Weaving the basket is the most meditative part of the process for me, as well. But as you know, most of the work is in harvesting and preparing the materials. Making splits from white oak by hand often challenges my “zen-niss”

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