Wooden frame/basket 'primitive' pack ??? (1 Viewer)

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Playground Monitor
May 15, 2007
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I know in bamboo basket making there are japanese basket backpacks, and they look like giant oval baskets, but I don't know links to that. I looked at the primitive ways frame, and it would be more comfortable if the bottom part was a curved piece with a strip of fabric or braided cord attached to the ends like a bowstring- so it'd be resting against the bottom of your back instead of the rod. Of course that means it'd have to be attached to the side rods pretty well to prevent rotation. I had a swiss pack like that, but it used metal and not wood- same principle though.


Feb 17, 2010
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Portsmouth NH
I've been developing my pack. A northfAce duffel base camp pack reinforced with aluminum a frame. I tried this morning without and its raining my back is killing me...! Imm going back to get it. The duffel is a made of air tight material water proof. I want something inovative and unique. Its worth the pain. I. Hope.


I ain't getting any younger.
Feb 13, 2011
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New Jersey, United States
This seemed like an interesting modern twist on making a pack basket, aka. "trapper's basket" "Adirondak pack".

I sometimes use a traditional woven pack basket, usually when I'm just hauling my basketry supplies and tools somewhere as opposed to camping or traveling. Mine has a custom heavy nylon lining in it. But I have hauled a full load in it with traditional straps which are much less cushy than those alice straps, and found pack baskets to be comfortable, I guess it all depends on what you are doing, or hauling. I think this plastic trash can version might be good for wetter climates & activities.

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