Reed Baskets

August 12 – August 13, 2023
9 am to 5 pm


Students requested these baskets in 2022 class. Weave one or two! Baskets on offer: Junior Adirondack Pack Basket with custom harness to allow pack to be worn like the larger packs, Fishing Creel with Leather Lid (new design), Medium Shopper. Techniques to make these baskets include continuous weave, plain weave, learn three different types of shaping, rims and much more. Students will be working with sharp tools as they will be making the leather lid to fit the woven creel.

Instructor will bring all materials to make the basket and tools students will need during class.
Students should wear comfortable clothing.

Junior Adirondack Pack Basket with Custom Harness

5 ¼” x 7 ½” x 10”H

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. This will be a weekend of weaving your utilitarian pack. Create your own utilitarian pack basket patterned from the traditional Adirondack Pack Baskets.

The first day students weave a plain weave base with the pre-cut reed spokes and then weave the sides. Linda will be guiding students as they concentrate on shape, creating a belly while learning to continuous weave. The main weaving will be done the first day. The baskets will sit and dry overnight. On the second day, students will pack baskets tight, level the top, weave a false rim, cut and tuck spokes, insert a handmade oak handle, and fit the rim to the basket, and lash rim. Lastly, add a custom leather harness secured with skids. Linda will guide you and teach you many tips and techniques. Students will be using a drawknife and other sharp tools.

This class will be fun for all weavers.

Instructor will bring all materials to make the basket and tools students will need during class.
Students should wear comfortable clothing.
Baskets will not be stained during class.

Fishing Creel with Leather Lid Class Description
10 ½” x 8” x 7”H
This newly designed creel is woven with reed in a continuous weave. There is significant attention to shaping as it is made to conform to being worn on one’s hip. Linda will be guiding students as they weave as this can be a challenge. The rim is double lashed with artificial sinew. Students will cut a lid of leather to fit their woven creel, cut the hole in it, and fit the buckle strap and attach to the creel. The harness will be made prior to class. Students have a choice of nickel or copper hardware. Choice needs to be made when registering.

Medium Picnic/Shopper Basket –

Approximate Dimensions: 11” x 13” x 9”H
Weave your own medium picnic/shopper basket. The basket has a solid woven base to keep everything secure in the basket for transport. The sides are a plain weave pattern. Lash the rim on, add the webbing handles made by Linda, and bottom runners to secure the handles.
Instructor will bring all materials to make the basket and tools students will need during class.
Students should wear comfortable clothing.
Baskets will not be stained during class.

Materials Fee: Paid directly to the instructor.

Junior $90.00
Fishing Creel $95.00 with silver, $110.00 with copper
Medium Shopper $100.00

Special Tools or Equipment: None

Instructors COVID preference: Your instructor reserves the right to require safety requirements depending on the state of the pandemic at the time of the workshop.

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 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.