Black Ash Salisbury Apple Basket

October 14 – October 15, 2023
9 am to 5 pm

This workshop is for beginners as well as advanced basket makers. Given the time frame, we will be working with already prepared Black Ash splints and rims and handles that have been whittled from white oak trees. The Salisbury Apple Basket measures 10“ in diameter x 10 “ high. It uses ¼” uprights and 1/8” weavers. Material harvesting and prep will be touched on in class with a demo on log harvesting also available for student to partake in. This workshop is appropriate for all levels.
• This basket is woven over a wooden form. Setting up the bottom and chase weaving the sides will be the lessons on the first day. Weaving and finishing off skills will be taught on Day 2, along with the rim and handle attachments done in class. Lashing will be the final step in finishing this heirloom beauty.
• Creating a satin edge is achieved by splitting a heavy growth ring along its grain, this will be covered in class as well.
• Students will learn how the natural materials differ from the machine made materials that are readily available. The splints in our baskets are the growth rings of the tree and not sawn against the grain of wood but they are the grain of wood itself. This creates a stronger traditional splint basket with endless uses, which New England is known for.

Materials Fee: $225.00 Paid directly to the instructor
Special Tools or Equipment: Bring scissors, water bucket (standard dishpan) and awl if you have them. If not you will share.
Instructors COVID preference: If you are sick, do not come. If you have chosen to not be vaccinated that is your choice. If you wish to wear a mask that is your choice also.

Workshop Policies

Please be sure to read our policies before you register for a workshop.

Age Requirements: The minimum age to attend a regularly scheduled workshop is 16 years. We have set this age to ensure a safe, productive, and community-building experience for all of our students. There are no exceptions.

Accessibility & Accommodations

If you have questions about accessibility or would like to request reasonable accommodations, please contact Marsha Grizwin at or call our Main Office at 603-435-7314.

Student Cancellations

Cancellations must be made at least 30 days prior to the start date of a workshop in order to receive a refund.
Registration and material costs will be refunded, minus a non-refundable $25.00 registration fee.
A full refund will be made for any amount paid for overnight housing.

Sanborn Mills Farm Cancellations

Each workshop must have a minimum number of students to be held. If Sanborn Mills Farm finds it necessary to cancel a workshop, we will notify students two weeks prior to the scheduled workshop start date.
A full refund will be provided to registered students. Refunds for a workshop purchased as a gift will be made to the purchaser only. Sanborn Mills Farm cannot be held responsible for any refunds for travel expenses or for off-site housing expenses incurred as the result of a cancellation of any kind.

Housing & Meals

Please refer to our housing page for more information.


Each workshop has its own safety procedures. Your instructor will review the specific safety requirements at the start of your workshop and throughout your class.
Sanborn Mills Farm is a rural setting. If you are allergic to insect bites, please alert your instructor of your allergy and bring an epipen with you. For draft animal workshops or courses requiring time in the woods, be sure to review tick safety procedures from Tick Free NH. We advise students to wear comfortable clothing, comfortable and secure shoes, and consider your personal needs for a day or extended stay.