Bicycle basket woven from New England Appalachian white ash. Adjustable leather straps with hardy zinc-coated buckles and separate post piece for stability. Handmade for over 150 years in New Hampshire. 14 x 10 x 9.5 inches. (
When it comes to classic bicycle accessories, nothing beats the charm, elegance, and functionality of a beautiful woven basket. Offering more convenient carrying space than a typical messenger bag or backpack, this basket is designed to be extra deep for holding everything from books to jackets, groceries, flowers, and even small (and particularly well-trained) pets.
Hand-crafted from the same tough, flexible wood that’s used to make baseball bats, snowshoes and axe handles, this basket is ready to withstand a few bumps in the road. When mounted on your front handle bars with the wooden post piece (available separately), it’s a lightweight and secure way to pack a picnic, run errands, or tote a portfolio to and from work.
Extremely tough and durable, the Appalachian white ash material of this basket will withstand all types of weather conditions. The distinctive quality of this American-grown wood allows this basket to be incredibly lightweight, while maintaining a carrying capacity of up to 70 pounds. Solid brass nails and coated hardware have been chosen to prevent any rusting.
To clean your basket, use a soft, lint-free cloth dampened in a mild solution of warm water and a gentle wood soap - the manufacturer recommends Murphy's Oil Soap.
This company dates back to 1841, when Amzi Childs came to Peterborough from Massachusetts to work in lead pipe manufacturing, and started weaving baskets on the side. His work became so popular he expanded his business under guidance of Henry Needham, "the dean of the basket making industry in Peterborough." In the hundred years since then, the factory has burned twice, merged and become incorporated, and currently operates in the same building it's been in since 1926.
The baskets start out as raw ash from the New England ash tree that grows in hydric soil and low altitude forests. Ash logs are fed through a planer to reduce the thickness and give each piece of wood a smooth surface suitable for weaving. The wood is then put into water to soften it, and prepared for the weaving process. After the baskets have been shaped and cut, they are sanded and trimmed by hand.
Many employees have been working at this same company for decades, like Walter Hood who has been making baskets since 1962. "I like making baskets, says Hood. They're one of the oldest creations of man. You start with a lot of pieces and they come together into something that you can use."
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