Gabriel Frey Fanny Pack
Passamaquoddy basket maker Gabriel Frey is son of Gal Frey and brother of Jeremy Frey. Gabriel’s baskets are seemingly of the utilitarian type. He makes the ash baskets in the old way, following traditional weaving and binding techniques. He adds leather, silver and shell adornments to bring new life to utilitarian designs, blurring the line between utilitarian and fancy in the Wabanaki basket making traditions.
This basket is made in the style of pack baskets, with a bulge that was designed to fit against the hull of a canoe. The shortened height makes it an ideal fanny pack, a design unique to Frey. The pack is convertible to a shoulder carry; the waist strap pulls out of its sheath, and the sheath tucks out of sight on the back of the pack. A second strap, a shoulder strap, is easily attached and removed with brass releases.
Varying angles of weave and leather adornments make this a very attractive pack; it need not sit on a shelf, though that can be done as well.
Basket is 8 inches wide x 6 inches high; it is 3 3/4 inches deep at the bottom.