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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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Looks great Hern!!
 

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I have a fiberglass basket....hate it. Way to heavy. I’m 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.
Made In Pennsylvania

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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