David’s beautiful small wall basket is made from hand-gathered date fronds that he collects in the Jordan Valley. David gathers the fronds in the autumn. Following the harvest, he treats and drys the fronds, keeping them warm for six months before using them to make his baskets.
This charming basket is woven from palm fronds and is shaped to be hung on a wall or placed on a table in the style of a cornucopia. The top-facing handle makes it easy to hand in your home. You may consider using it in the kitchen to hold root veggies and seasonal fruit or in a children’s bedroom to keep their toys and dolls.
- 20 cm / 7.8 inches x 16 cm / 6.3 inches
- Natural date stems
Small Handmade Date Stem Wall Basket
David Grushko was born in Paris and chose to make aliyah and build his life in the Jewish homeland. He lives and works in the small Jewish settlement of Ofra, north of Jerusalem in Samaria.
David’s creative journey began in an unexpected way, with the study of electronics! In Israel, he connected with Hertzel Auster, one of Israel’s foremost basket weavers. Hertzel taught David the art of basketry techniques, and David developed his unique approach to the art. He brings the spirit of French aesthetics to the ancient Israeli art of basket weaving, creating beautiful, functional pieces and unique wall art.
David believes that art is a tool to connect the spiritual and material worlds and, in the process, is a way of revealing his soul in each one-of-a-kind piece he creates. He uses various weaving materials, many native to the Holy Land. He works with grapevines and date stems to create baskets that will be treasured for years to come.
A signature element of Davids’s work is that each piece is accompanied by a poem that expresses the inner concept of the work and an expression of his soul.