Backpack Basket

I'm taking a 2-day workshop to make an Appalachian backpack basket. It should end up looking something like this - By early afternoon on Day 1, mine looked like this - Not quite as impressive.

In the beginning.

The weaving part is pretty easy; the part that's killing my hands is adjusting each row of reeds so they are packed tight together.
The bottom is the only part that's not packed together.

Tomorrow we finish weaving, sew the straps together and wear our backpacks home. In theory.