black ash pack basket construction workshop

august 9-11, 2019

with “lindy” lind of wilderness handworker
$300 tuition cost (includes lodging at the beck homestead)
$50 materials fee


course times:

AUGUST 9th: 10AM-5PM
AUGUST 10th: 9AM-5PM
AUGUST 11th: 9AM-4PM

course description:

Black Ash pack baskets are renowned for their beauty, functionality and durability. They have been the pack of choice for many woodsmen and trappers for centuries. 

Participants will harvest basket materials straight from an ash log. They will use a free-form weaving technique to weave the basket, and then carve and install basket runners, rim, and handles. The pack baskets will be finished with quality harness leather straps that students will cut themselves and fasten with hand peened copper rivets. 

Harvesting Black Ash weaving material is physically demanding work which requires repeatedly beating an ash log with a 3 pound hammer.

*Spots are limited. To register, please contact Lindsay Wancour at 406-754-3137 or at

If you have any workshop-specific questions, please feel free to reach out to Lindy at

what to bring

All participants are responsible for bringing their own:

•    Food (Full kitchen provided in the Beck Homestead cook house)
•    Pillows
•    Sleeping Bag or Sheets
•    Toiletries

instructor bio

Kyle “Lindy” Lind
Potomac, MT


Lindy’s love of the Wild steered him towards living a simple life in the woods, where he has pursued traditional knowledge of how to live on the land with simple tools and traditional technology. From baskets, to canoes, to log shelters, and buckskins, Lindy strives to meet as many of his daily needs from natural hand-harvested materials. Lindy teaches traditional skills classes throughout Western Montana and at North House Folk School in Grand Marais, MN.

Lindy’s website is