The German Harvest Basket with its beautiful wood spinner handle
As with many of these great things offered here at Harvesting History, the metal basket has a fascinating story to tell. You see, back in the day (not too long ago), metal working was really a very tough job. Metal workers had to be tough to employ because of the risk of injury. The handle for these baskets was no exception. Many times, you would find metal workers that were making wicker baskets by hand only to find out years later that they had been injured on the job.
This was before factory jobs were invented. Back then, a person who was interested in making a basket had to make do with whatever he could lay his hands on. Therefore, a hard handle would be essential. The handle for these baskets was very important. It had to be strong enough to handle the weight of what would be placed into it. The handles varied by material and size, but there was just no option for a weak handle.
The basket is sturdy and cute handle design
Because this basket had to be sturdy, the handle had to be thick. And yes, there were the ladies of the industrial world that loved to play around with handle designs. There were brass, gold, aluminum and even iron handles. Of course, none of these were as pretty as the handles that the guys at the factory used. So, they just stuck with what worked.
If you’re looking for a great wooden Harvest basket, there is still one available today. And it just so happens that the same hardy root system that made this tool so useful also gave them a reputation for being able to handle just about anything. In fact, a good quality wooden Harvest basket can be used for a wide variety of things. Baskets of fresh fruit are perfect for picking off those last of the autumn leaves, or it could be used to carry away that last set of fall leaves before the ground and the trees start to freeze. Even after the long cold winter season is over, there’s still plenty to be harvested from the gardens and pastures, and the baskets themselves will not only be as functional as they were when they were new, but will last for a great many years.
Of course, Harvest Baskets isn’t the only tools of their type. We’ve recently been hearing about other tools that are designed to help with harvesting crops, but wouldn’t be classified as a Harvest Basket. For example, a Scissor to harvest seeds and nuts from a field. Or a Knife to cut down a fallen tree that may still be in its tree stump. A Vacuum to suck up dried leaves and stems from a yard, or a Snow Shoe to clear the path during a snowball fight. These are great inventions, but aren’t as resourceful or useful as a Harvest Basket.
I’d like to point out something that seems to go hand-in-hand with Harvest Baskets. In today’s world, we seem to have forgotten about the earth. When you’re sitting down to eat a nice meal, are you using all of the earth-friendly ingredients? I sure hope not, but even if your ingredients came from just down the road from your local farm, your food might not be safe for human consumption, or for the environment. Harvest Baskets and other such tools can help us remember to eat our vegetables and fruits responsibly and to take care of our planet in general.