Eldon Hanning grew up in a basket making family in Houlton, Maine. His mother taught him how to make work baskets from log to basket. An expert at finding and preparing the ash tree, Eldon supplies many Wabanaki weavers with their splints. He specializes in sturdy work baskets including the potato basket used at one time to hand harvest potato crops in Northern Maine. He has passed his knowledge on to his son Frank.