Barnet landowner Bob Hoffman and Maine basketmaker Bill Mackowski have an ash-sharing tradition.
“I have known Bill for years and own many of his baskets. I cut the ash on my Barnet woodlot last winter that included a little black ash. So I told Bill about it… and he replied that he was in dire need of some logs. So that is how that came about. These photos show black ash logs from my woodlot after being loaded on Bill Mackowski’s truck and ready for the long ride to Milford, Maine, near Orono. The logs will be made into traditional pack baskets and fishing creels. Bill’s dog, La deux, supervised the loading operation. I’ll note that Bill has the proper permits to move the logs!”
About Ash Stories: Ash Stories is a collaboration between the Vermont Land Trust and the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program to celebrate Vermont’s ash trees and their role in our woods, wetlands, and towns. You can learn more about the project here.
Do you have an ash story to share? We’d love to hear from you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your story to be included in our collection. Questions? Contact Allaire Diamond, VLT ecologist.