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Adirondack Pack Basket – Large with Linda Allen. #382-0829. 2 days. Thu 10am-5pm, Fri 9am-4pm

The Adirondack Pack Basket is one of the most recognized objects associated with the Adirondacks. These versatile baskets were used to carry just about everything the guides, hunters, and trappers took with them into the woods. Create your own pack basket patterned from the traditional Adirondack Pack Baskets. Weave your own pack basket with various sizes of reed, add a hardwood handle, and apply a cotton harness or custom leather harness. (The leather harness needs to be ordered a minimum of two weeks prior to class.) The first day you will weave the base with the pre-cut reed stakes. Then weave the sides of your pack with flat reed. The second day you will pack the weave tight, weave the false rim, cut and tuck stakes, and add the handle, rim, and skids. Learn how to carve your skids and shape your rim. A harness will be applied to the completed pack. This class can be a challenge for a beginner. Weaving experience or prior experience on a smaller pack is recommended. Students should bring the following tools: pencil, tape measure, scissors, diagonal cutters if you have them, spring type clothespins, awl or letter opener for tucking spokes, basketry packing tool, cable ties, knife or shaver for scarfing, clamps, hand towel, and soak bucket.

Fee = $170 + materials ($90.00 with the cotton harness or $130.00 with leather harness).

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