Adirondack Packbasket – Full Size

My authentically styled Adirondack Packbaskets are handwoven of premium reed. They are    available in seven sizes. The 3″, 5″, 8″ and 10″ tall pieces are ideal as decorating accents. The 15″ model is an excellent choice for a child to carry. The 17″ and 21″ packs are adult sized. The four tallest sizes have plywood bases and pine shoes. All baskets are available in three stains: golden oak, black walnut and red oak. Strap sets for the 3″ and 5″ baskets are leather. The 8″ and 10″ pieces have webbing straps with copper rivets and d-ring buckles. The three tallest baskets have adjustable webbing straps with sewn in buckles in three color choices; red, green or tan.

The packbasket shown below is the 21″ size.  It comes with a bent oak handle and heavy duty   inch and a half wide, adjustable cotton web straps. This is my larger adult sized working basket that makes carrying heavy or bulky loads easy and comfortable.


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  1. rick whitehouse
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    I am doing my homework and searching for a pack basket. I have found that the baskets sold by L.L.Bean & Hamilton Marine are cheaper but made from veneered maple which I fear will not
    survive the test of time. The traditional pack baskets seem to have been made from pounded brown ash. They tend to be very expensive although I am sure worth it for there durability.
    Your baskets look beutiful and traditional but are made from reed. Can you give me your thoughts on the different materials ? You have a great website and I think your prices are very
    reasonable, I am trying to find the happy median and spending the money on something that will
    last with proper care. I will use it mostly to transport weekend supplys to my Lobster boat (fishing boat) and hiking trips. Thanks in advance for your response, Rick

    • Posted February 23, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

      Hi Rick,

      Thanks for your interest in my site. You’re right. The most durable would be hand pounded ash. But, the reed I use has held up well. It has so many lateral fibers that it has great strength. I finish my baskets with a combination of stain and boiled linseed oil (raw never seems to dry). The linseed oil provides water resistance, of course, but, more importantly, gives the individual weavers and the entire basket good flexibility. So, the basket can flex under a load and remain strong. I use several of my baskets while outdoors. One, in particular, goes out every time I go icefishing. It does well with being placed in the snow, etc. But, because of their heavy use outdoors, I treat all my baskets every year or so with the boiled linseed oil to restore the water resistance and to keep them flexible.

      I’ve made a few pounded black ash packs. Takes much longer to prepare the tree, pound the splints and size them than it does to weave the basket. The ash basket is the traditional material and makes a superior basket, but the price for a finished piece is much higher than one of reed.

      I’ve found that my reed baskets are a more reasonably priced alternative, can be woven in an authentic style and hold up well.

      Thanks for your comments about my site. Took a while to get it up and running but, I’m very pleased with it.

      Let me know if you have any more questions.

      Mick Jarvis

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