You guys are awesome.
Some of these ideas are great.
I especially like the idea of taking one of those Hawaiian bamboo poles and putting a basket on it. Maybe part of a wine barrel like the AVBC ones?
Heck, if done right, it might even pass the tech standards for PDGA approval. They're really not that stringent about it. A lot of people don't realize that the standards don't even require chains or any sort of deflection device.
As for the people with "status quo tunnel vision" of metal baskets, I tend to agree with the "if you don't like it, don't play" response.
Don't get me wrong, I understand the desirability they're voicing, just don't tend to agree with the apparent lack of ability to compromise and keep the big picture in mind.
I think there are any number of ways a good carpenter could make perfectly good baskets out of natural materials, with just a little imagination and collaboration with a disc golfer.
I'll bet it's already been done somewhere.
The only real challenge to me seems to be the deflection device.
Pieces of bamboo hanging from ropes works for me. Probably even make a cool sound ...
The main point though, is that you guys are awesome.