Packbasket Making Workshop at ADKX

Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX)
Location 9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY  12812

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


9:00 - 4:00pm -  Join Barbara Green of Adirondack Green House Basketry for an Adirondack Packbasket making workshop. Participants will weave a full-sized Packbasket, approximately 18” tall. They will make their packs in the same manner as original packs were made using reed rather than black or brown ash.

Solid wood skids and an interior wooden base hold the harness in place. There will be a selection of harness colors to choose from. The top of the basket will be finished with a sewn in handle before applying the rim.

When dried, the harness, skids, and base are applied. Students will be shown how to do this. After the workshop, you can stain the basket and wooden components at home and will be given instructions with the class materials.

All materials (except stain) and tools will be provided.

Participants are welcome to bring food, drinks, and snacks for the day. Museum admission is included in the workshop fee. (Please note that basket completion takes about 7 hours.)

Comfortable shoes are recommended.

Registered participants must meet in the ADKX Visitor Center at 9:00.

Cancellation Policy: If the Adirondack Experience is required to cancel the event due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances, customers will receive a full refund. There will be no refunds for no-shows.

$180/member, $210/non-member

About the Artist:

Barbara Green: I discovered basket weaving as a hobby in 2007. While never very crafty, this called to me. I found something that brings me peace, yet challenges me regularly. Weaving allows me to be creative while creating something that is functional. Having spent most of my life in the Adirondacks, I find it important to know the history of the iconic Adirondack Pack Basket, and I find great joy in teaching others how to make their own. My baskets are made with reed rather than black or brown ash like the original pack baskets. Reed is highly renewable and durable. I learned on very basic tools and teach the same way. My harnesses are made by me, and the bases and skids are made from scrap lumber by my husband. I still travel to some craft fairs in the summer season, and my work can be found at The ArtHouse in Inlet NY from Memorial Day through Columbus Day.