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Looking for a pack basket. Where to start?

Discussion in 'Open Forum' started by Doublegun, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. Doublegun

    Doublegun Curious about Wooden Canoes

    I have long admired the old pack/trappers basket and have decided I could use one. Questions are 1.) where to find a quality "vintage" basket; and/or 2.) are there any "new" ones being made to day that are true to the originals and will last a lifetime?

    Thanks
     
  2. WoodNCanvas

    WoodNCanvas LOVES Wooden Canoes

  3. Robert P. Ross

    Robert P. Ross Ross Bros

    Hello,

    I have several vintage ones available.

    www.RossBros.com


    Robert P. Ross
    Ross Bros.
    PO Box 60277
    Florence, MA 01062
    413.320.2306
     

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  4. Dave Wermuth

    Dave Wermuth Who hid my paddle?

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    Wendy Kimple makes awesome baskets. Maybe she'll chime in but I think she goes by woodencanoenut, or something like that.
     
  5. Dave Wermuth

    Dave Wermuth Who hid my paddle?

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    my spelling is awful today. It's Kimpel. Wendy and John.
     
  6. Robert P. Ross

    Robert P. Ross Ross Bros

    Hello, Thanks for asking. The price on the first one is $125.00 (shaved ash) left to right the price on the second two is $350. (Pounded Ash) Maine Indian made. If you would like more photos or information please write:

    Robert@RossBros.com


    www.RossBros.com


    Robert P. Ross
    Ross Bros.
    PO Box 60277
    Florence, MA 01062
    413.320.2306
     

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  7. woodcanoenut

    woodcanoenut 1914 Old Town Charles River

    packbaskets

    I will be at the Assembly with pack baskets to sell. Mine are made out of Reed a form of Bamboo. Mine are cheaper than Ash. Ash splints require lots of work to retrieve. I also have vintage pack basket insturctions from the Boy Scouts. It is all in what you want for you canoe. Thanks
    Wendy and John Kimpel
    woodcanoenut
     
  8. Robert P. Ross

    Robert P. Ross Ross Bros

    Here are a few more snaps of the first one as you requested.

    Thanks,

    Robert P. Ross
    Ross Bros.
    PO Box 60277
    Florence, MA 01062
    413.320.2306
    www.RossBros.com
     

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    Last edited: Jun 16, 2010
  9. Chuck Hoffhine

    Chuck Hoffhine Wooden Canoe Nut

  10. OP
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    Doublegun

    Doublegun Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Question: some are made of ash others of reeds. Which is preferable? Seems like the ash would be most durable. Thanks.
     
  11. woodcanoenut

    woodcanoenut 1914 Old Town Charles River

    Basket material

    Hand pounded ash is the best. It is very durable and very expensive. Some ash is machine milled going against the grain. This weakens the ash. Reed is a form of bamboo--an inexpensive substitute. Will work maybe not as long as ash.
     
  12. Rob Stevens

    Rob Stevens Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    I have one of each.
    The reed one I made myself, at a workshop at the Canadian Canoe Museum.
    The ash one came from Wendy Kimpel.

    I noticed there were ash packbaskets for sale at the store at Paul Smith's (coindicentally, called "The Pack Basket") last year. Looked well done, for what I thought was a very reasonable price $110.

    But a vintage one would be nice too, especially if you have a vintage canoe to cart it around in.

    And on it goes,..
     
  13. OP
    OP
    Doublegun

    Doublegun Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Thanks for the advice and direction. Just ordered a basket from Moose River Handcrafts. I like the look of their baskets, the way they make them and their philosophy. Now, I just need to find a neat old wc canoe to carry the basket.

    Cheers
     
  14. Walter Hauck

    Walter Hauck LOVES Wooden Canoes

    I'm curious. And not familiar with the phrase "hand-pounded" ash. What does it mean and what is the process? Why is it preferable?
    Thanks,
    Wally Hauck
     
  15. MGC

    MGC Scrapmaker

    Pounding ash is a technique for separating splints for weaving.

    The Amish in Northern NY make and sell ash splint baskets. They are pretty affordable and most are well made. I have used one (hard) for about 40 years. It's still holding together pretty well except for damage from some pretty hard falls while skiing and snowshoeing.
    If you come up on route 11 you will see ash products for sale on the roadside. Look for the real ash baskets, not the tourist products that are also sold. You can have baskets custom made.
     
  16. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    The page at http://www.woodlandindianartcenter.org/black-ash-basketry.html shows some of the process at the bottom of the page. It is preferable because the splints run with the grain and are less likely to split later than splints cut with a saw.

    Benson
     
  17. woodcanoenut

    woodcanoenut 1914 Old Town Charles River

    Where on Route 11? We are coming from Indiana will we pass the basket makers? I'm curious because mine are made with reed. I will be at the Assembly selling different sizes and styles.
    Wendy
     
  18. kayamedic

    kayamedic Kim Gass

    I have seen them at the corner of Rt 11 and 68 in Canton NY but that might be a little off course for you coming over on Rt 3. If you leave on Sunday of course they will not be there then.

    Edit there are two intersections. The one I speak of is after you go east through "downtown"
     

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