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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-10-2019, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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Restoring a Pack Basket

I have an ole Ishman Trapper's Pack Basket. It has dried out, especially at the bottom.
Ishman basket is the only pack basket made with a wooden handle.

Last year I had the pleasure to meet Jim 'Moon' Van Steenberg, maker of the Ishman Pack Basket. I watched him make a complete Pack Basket.
Moon is the grandson of the late Clint Ishman, originator of the Ishman Pack Basket, and following in his family business.

I ask Moon how could I restore my ole Ishman.
He answered- Vegetable Oil

I used a small foam brush & rag to apply Vegetable Oil, inside and out.
I like the restored rich color, but equally the less noisy an oiled basket makes compared to a dried basket. All is good.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-10-2019, 11:28 AM
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Wow, looks nice!
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Looks good.

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Looks great Hern!!

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I have a fiberglass basket....hate it. Way to heavy. Iím gonna pick up an old school basket for next season. Great tip, Hern.
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Bigbrownie, my basket is 50 years old. I never used it too hard since I had another user.
Moon, grandson of Clint Ishman, is still making Trapper's Pack Baskets near Brookville, Pa. very close to Rt. 80.
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Moon said to treat new or used pack baskets with Vegetable Oil.
It was surprising to see and feel the basket relax and become less brittle. A surprising transformation made me realize I was holding history, part of our heritage.

Bb, here's a contact number I got off internet, if interested.
Jim 'Moon' Van Steenberg
MOON'S MEATS
9427 MT PLEASANT RD, Corsica, PA 15829
Phone: 814-856-2489
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I go right by Corsica every week on my way to camp. I'll be stopping.
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Nice you can see the difference.

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