Friday, January 25, 2008

Bonus Bone: Mushroom Basket

This rotund little basket exists for the sole purpose of collecting mushrooms. It's got a removable canvas top that snaps tightly into place. The green straps are there so that you can sling it onto your back, once it's full of fungi. It is the sweetest darn "backpack" you'll ever see.

The mushroom basket belonged to my grandparents and somehow it ended up with me. I'm not sure if they ever used it for its intended purpose but I like to imagine they did. Now, it resides near my front door and holds all my winter woolies. I haven't yet strapped it on to go foraging in the deep mushroom forests of Chicago but, one day, I might and it's nice to know I'm well-equipped.

For these reasons, I, Cardboard, declare this a Design Boner.

5 comments:

mama cardboard said...

The mushroom hunter in the family was Grandma Cardboard. It was a great treat to go camping with her and enjoy a meal which included fresh wild mushrooms! I never learned to identify mushrooms as she did, but I did learn that you are not to gather mushrooms in plastic (as they get gooey) - hence the basket...

mama cardboard said...

P.S. I love this photo...

Alison said...

That seems like quite the mushroom collecting gear there... now only to find you an awesome hat to go with it all...

Pigtown-Design said...

I used to have something like this and it was an Adirondack back pack. Used to transport supplies while canoeing on the Adirondack lakes in Upstate NY. They're handmade from ash splints. I didn't know about the mushrooming part. That's a lot o'mushrooms!

Anonymous said...

Hello,
I own a shop specilized in mushroom in Montréal Canada. I am looking for these backpack for a while. Do you know where I can find them ?
Thank you,
Judith Noël
mycoboutique@videotron.ca