Monday, November 17, 2014

LUCKENBACH TEXAS L FROM A VERY NEARBY LIVE OAK*** AND a few more BEAUTIES for BIDS




Ever been to Luckenbach Texas?  If you haven't, you should go.  Everybody's somebody in Luckenbach!  That's what the sign says and I believe it.  Nice folks there.  Of course you've heard the classic cowboy song "Luckenbach Texas"!  No!?  Ok I'll give you a treat,  just click here .  We visited there a few weeks ago and I was able to rescue a stick of Live Oak from the bonfire pile stacked right next to the general store.  Think of it!  A crochet hook from a stick of Live Oak that came from THE actual site where Waylon and Willie and so many other famous Country Artist's have performed.  We went on a weekday and of course didn't get to see anyone famous, but the place is pretty impressive all by itself.  Of course I mosey'd around looking for hook fixins and ended up with this nice piece of  wood that if you hold it up to your ear you just might hear strains of "Blue Eyes Cryin in the Rain".  I won't mention the funny looks I got from folks, me carrying around a hunk of firewood held up to my ear.
Like the area, this hook is rustic.  You see a bit of the original bark on the foot.  You see a few knots here and there a bit of discoloration for character (all smooth, guaranteed).  Ane it's all there to inspire your crochet and have you humming country songs while you're at it.
Technically, this is an 8mm L   hook ( "L" for "Luckenbach" of course); it's Texas tall (8 inches) and is labeled "Lukenbach  L Jimbo" on the base (which permits the hook to stand tall on display).  You'll notice the clever misspelling of Luckenbach on the base, an intentional identifier of  originality in case some low down skunk decides to produce impostors.  Heh, actually that's just a lame excuse for slipping up.  But anyways this hook has big time provenance, especially if you're a connoisseur of Country.  And it can be YOURS if you're the high bidder!  Just email me your bids at jimbocrochetwhittler@yahoo.com and I'll post them as soon as I get to this keyboard.  We'll make this one run till 10pm Tuesday night, November 25th.  Tying bids will be resolved in favor of the first received.  I do take "Proxy" bids if you choose to do that as well but if we get a tie on highest prosy bid, resolution will again be in favor of the first received but I'll notify the lower bidder of the situation.  Bids increase by $5 minimum.
If I get time I'll edit this post to include more hooks, so please check back if Luckenbach doesn't quit tickle your fancy.

Consider your fancy tickled!  I've added more to the pot and these are some of the best yet and they're ALL made of wood grown right here in the USA!  Ok maybe the egg hook isn't but I just couldn't let it languish in my inventory this close to Christmas.
Lets take a look (check close to see the letter lables in the photo)

Hook A is the Egg hook and it's an amazing and extremely rare beauty.  I don't often make an egg hook of an exotic wood because there's a large amount of waste, turning a solid block down to a small hook size; so the expense is high.  But the figure of this wood, and another buyer for the other end of this block made it happen.  This is if I'm thinking right, Cocobolo and the grain is drop dead beautiful.  It's an H and is about 5 inches long.

Hook B.  What can I say?  The photo's not enough, really to show you the amazing grain contrast in this genuine spalted Deadman Crick Apple "O" (12mm) 8 1/4 inch long beauty.  It's going to be a challenge crocheting with this hook cause you'll just want to sit there and look at the wood.  Distracting?  yes.  Eye catching?  Yes is an understatement.  Smooth? Unbelievably so.  Unique?  You'll never come even close to anything like this in the known universe if it didn't come from the same log.  Take a look at the little bowl on the left in the picture.  It's made from the same log.  Now I've a couple more hook blanks from this same log, and they'll make different size sister hooks, but this one's here now and is ready for your bids.

Hook C is a rustic Q (16mm)  in Deadman Crick Bramble. I call it Bramble cause the branches are typically all gnarly and have these deadly inch long thorns that never fail to take a drop or two  blood sample when I'm sawing away.  It's worth it, though, when I find a piece that's straight enough and willing to become a hook.  Ever use a Q hook?  Well this one might just make the top of your list.  The head is shaped specially to let the yarn move smoothly onto the 16mm shank.  Looks rough because I left some of the bark on, but I purposely did that because it's just amazingly beautiful.  Bark if you've noticed is among Mom Nature's best artwork.  Another hook you can get lost in looking at, but don't forget it crochets beautifully too.  Oh yeah, this one's 7 3/4 inches long.

Hook D's another Deadman Crick Apple beauty, and another amazingly beautiful piece of Mother Nature's artwork.  The grain goes between subtle waves and swirls around a knot that's as pretty in my veiw as a mounted gem.   You don't see the knot in the picture and I didn't have time to take another shot (I'm rushing to post these cause I have be away today and tomorrow).  But trust me, this is a spectacular hook.  Oh and it's  7 3/4 inches long.

Hook E?  I tell you it just keeps getting better and better.  This one is WAY beyond my camera's ability to capture subtle beauty and texture.  It's storebought wood.  Got it from my guy at Windsor who told me it's an "Oregon Mountain Mahogany"  Color is the only thing about this wood that reminds me of mahogany because this is as close to Ebony in density as I've found.  It took several sharpenings of my lathe tools and dulled my carving knives but it's well worth the resharpening effort.  I seriously considered leaving it unfinished because the surface just glistened all by itself.  I relented and applied finish, though just because I never know what kind of humidity the wood will be in.  Grain pattern, color, chatoyance, utterly amazing smoothness, this hook has it all in spades.  And it's a unique size... 11mm  and is 7 3/4 inches long.  Bet you don't have an 11 mm hook, eh?  Well you could if you're high bidder.

Hook F, is the Luckenbach hook.  See my comments above about this rare piece.  I doubt there's ever been a crochet hook made from wood that's been exposed to the music of Waylon, Willie and the boys.

Okey dokey, lets get'er goin!

Bids:
Hook A

Hook B

Hook C

Hook D

Hook E(Lukenbach!!) Carla breaks the ice with $35

Hook F

*** With Carla's permission, I've decided to extend the auction a week.  Hate to do that but I've been called away for a spell and won't be near a computer to end the auction.  Hope you'll understand.  The auction will close Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 10pm.  Hopefully I can add some hooks to the lonesome Luckenbach hook for a bit more selection.  You can still send in bids but I won't be back for a spell to post them and I apologize for that.  



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

FALL JIMBO HOOK AUCTION is OVER (HIGH BIDDERS PLEASE SEE NOTE BELOW)

ANOTHER AMAZING AUCTION!  WOW!!  
HIGH BIDDERS, PLEASE CONSIDER USING PAYPAL BY CLICKING ON THE LITTLE BOX IN THE LEFT MARGIN OF THIS PAGE LABLED "MAKE A DONATION" AND PLEASE INCLUDE $2.50 EXTRA FOR POSTAGE.  
THANKS TO ALL WHO DROPPED BY!
(THERE WILL BE MORE AUCTIONS COMING...OR JUST DROP BY, PULL UP A CHAIR AND SIT A SPELL.

THANKS TO ALL!
Jimbo

A FEW MORE BEAUTIES UP FOR BIDS... AND A NEW IDEA



Ok so lets begin the auction with a description of the hooks but note that hook F is a new style for Jimbo hooks.  More about that later.  Lets start with:

Hook A.  Hook A is one that just appeared in my wood stash.  I thought I was all out of the Pecan wood which was graciously sent me by my friend and very talented crochetier,April Garwood.  This hook came from a Pecan tree victim of the Oklahoma Tornado.  From such tragic events, something good comes.  The wood is beautiful, strong, and perfect for the J size (6mm).  It's 7 3/4 inches long.

Hook B is made of a sustainable rosewood (can't remember the particular species.. sorry).  Actually hooks C and F are also made of the same rosewood. Wisht I could remember the particular name because I'd like to get more... the wood makes really beautiful and strong hooks.  Back to hook B.  It's a G (4mm) and is 7 1/4 inches long.

Hook C, as noted above, is rosewood and one size bigger. It's a 7 (4.5mm).  It's also 7 1/4 inches long.

Hook D is yet another wood I can't specifically name but it's another beautiful and very hard wood.  Ultra smooth and weighs in as a J (6mm).  Lengthwise we're talkin 7 inches.

Hook E is a Deadman Crick Bramble beauty.  Fascinating character in grain and bark, this 10.5 mm hook is a rare and totally unique beauty.  It measures in just short of 8 inches.

And we come to hook F.  This is a new style for me.  Ever try to use a large hook with fine yarn?  You know how the thin yarn bounces or snaps over the hook neck when you push a loop onto the shank?  Ever try to use fine yarn and a large hook and somehow maintain gauge?  I'm betting this hook is the answer, because the throat and gullet are shaped for finer yarn, but the shank is a large size (11.5mm).  Unique?  I can't recall ever seeing a hook like it.  Might do well for crocheting lacy things, eh?

Here's a slightly retouched photo showing the concept.  Interesting, eh?  Hook F could be the start of a whole new hooking adventure.

Oh, yeah, this one is just shy of 8 inches long.



So, lets start the auction!  We'll run this one for just a few days,  ending on  Wednesday, Oct. 8   Monday, Oct. 6 at 10pm Pacific time.  Please email me your bids (with $5 minimum increases) at jimbocrochetwhittler@yahoo.com .  Tying bids will be awarded to the first received.  I'll try to post bids as they come in.

Here we go!!

Thanks for dropping by!
Jimbo

Bids:

Hook A:
Sandie says $20
Whoa!  Callie takes it to $40

Hook B:
Carla ventures $25

Hook C:
Sara's here with $20
Mona bumps it up to $25
Diana takes us to $30

Hook D:
Patti bids $20

Hook E:
Doug's bid is $25
Carrie goes $35
Diana says $40
Carrie again with $45
Diana responds: $50
Carrie!.... $60
Diana!!...$65
Carrie and Diana both tie at $75, Diana's  bid was received earlier so she gets the bid.. $75!!  Holey cow this is getting scairy!
oh the tension!!  Carrie goes to $85!
I think I need a nitro pill.... Diana goes to $105!!

Hook F:
Doug's here with $25
Carrie again with $35

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A NEW JIMBO HOOK AUCTION (SEPT. 2014) is over!



The auction is over!!  Winning bidders please consider using paypal by clicking on the little box in the left hand margin of this page.  It's labled "make a donation".  If you prefer another form of payment, please email me.  Also, please include $2.50 for shipping with your payment.  Thanks everyone for dropping by!Jimbo


I promised a new auction, so here we go!  These hooks are a sort of mish mash of different materials and technique.  The hooks labeled with letters have been turned by me on my lathe.  The numbered hooks below have been hand carved by me with my knife.  They're all beauties.
Lets start with the letter labeled hooks.
Hook A is way prettier than you see here (not to say that it isn't pretty here), mainly because you just can't photograph chatoyance.  The figured grain in this maple hook looks so deep and clear you'd think you  could see through it.  Truly beautiful.  It's a G (4.25mm) and is 7 1/4 inches long.
Hook B is an amazingly beautiful Cocobolo hook.  So pretty it nearly fetches a tear.  And it's made in a size you might not have, an M (9mm).  Eight inches tall and stunningly beautiful.
Hook C is a BIG fella but feather weight.  it's made of genuine Deadman Crick Red Fir that was hand selected by me in the woods behind the cabin.  It's another size you may not have.... a P (15mm).  Eight inches of Deadman Crick's best.
Hook D is a Yew J hook.  One unique hook, this one... with amazing grain color diversity and figure.  I LOVE this hook and hate to part with it but hay, a guy's gotta pay the bills and winter's coming on.  Besides it longs for a talented crochetier's hand.  This one is  7 3/4 inches long.
Hooks 1,2,3 and 4 are all made from the same branch of my beloved Tamarack.  Can't say enough kind things about Tamarack.  It's a tree that actually is a hard wood but with bark and aroma that make you think Fir.  Tamarack is the tree that turns a brilliant yellow/orange in the fall, sheds it's needles in the winter, and when it dies, gives us the best snapping and popping fire in the fireplace.  AND it makes perfectly good crochet hooks in larger sizes.  So what I did was cut a straight piece of branch wood about 9 inches long, then split is into 4 quarters lengthwise.  I then whittled the quartered pieces into the 4 hooks you see here.  The cambium layer was left in tact so you see the meandering little beetle trails (but the little bugs are long gone, I promise). Nifty!.  They vary a bit in size.  Hook 1 is an L (8mm); Hook 2 is 11mm (between an N and O); Hooks 3 and 4 are size N (10mm).  All of these hooks are about 7 1/2 inches long and, Their natural light weight,  Jimbo style thumb rest and semi triangular shape in cross section, bode well for hours of comfortable crochet.
So lets get this started!  You can send me bids by email here .  Please increase bids by $5 minimum increments and be aware that tying bids will be resolved in favor of the first arrived email.  We'll run the auction for one week, ending it on Sept. 24 at 10pm Pacific Time.  I will try to post bids as they come in but am not at the computer at all times.  Not to worry though.  Your bids will be posted.
Thanks for dropping by, and lets get those bids pouring in!
Jimbo

Bids:
Hook A:
Mona is here with $20
David's bid is $25
Mona takes it to $30
Undeterred, David goes to $35

Hook B: ($45 bid minimum please)
Doug's in with $50

Hook C:
Carla likes the look of this one:  $25

Hook D:
Doug is bidding $20
Diana takes it to $25
Doug goes to $40
Diana's dueling it out..$55


Hook 1
Mona too, for $20
Diana's here with $25
Barbara goes to $35
Diana comes back with $40

Hook 2
Carrie goes $25

Hook 3
Anamaria's bid is $20

Hook 4
David's going $20




Tuesday, September 16, 2014

International Crochet Day really is International!

Want to see a great example of International Crochet Day celebrated abroad?  Take a look here.....

Katia's blog

AND   THIS   (and yes that is me holding the world's biggest crochet hook, Dippy; which is short for Diplohookticus Jimbosei).  

If you'd like me to post a link to your adventures on ICD, please email me here with a link 

Makes an ole hook whittler proud!  


Friday, September 05, 2014

INTERNATIONAL CROCHET DAY HOOK WINNER IS.....


AMBER

AMBER WAS PICKED BY A RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR.  HERE IS HER HIGHLY APPROPRIATE WINNING COMMENT 

"I will be crocheting AND wearing a crocheted sweater or cardigan. People need to actually see the beautiful, drapey fabric that can be achieved with a hook."    


Amber

Thanks to all who entered!  Hope your International Crochet Day was filled with hooking fun.
Jimbo
PS  A fresh hook auction will be following VERY shortly! 



TELL ME HOW YOU'RE GOING TO PROMOTE CROCHET ON INTERNATIONAL CROCHET DAY (SEPT. 12) AND YOU COULD WIN THIS HOOK!

ABOUT INTERNATIONAL CROCHET DAY (ICD):

ICD WAS CREATED 7 YEARS AGO TO PROMOTE THE FINE AND GENTLE ART OF CROCHET.  SINCE THEN ICD HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED WORLD WIDE AS A DAY FOR CROCHETIERS TO PUBLICLY  ENCOURAGE CROCHET BY TEACHING OTHERS, ORGANIZING CROCHET EVENTS, BLOGGING, TWEETING, CHIRPING, SMOKE SIGNALLING, SKY WRITING OR JUST PLAIN SITTING ON THE BUS AND WORKING MAGIC WITH YOUR HOOK, ALL THE WHILE INSPIRING OTHERS TO TAKE UP THE ART.   HALLMARK HASN'T YET RECOGNIZED THE HOLIDAY; BUT IT'S CERTAINLY WORTHY OF A CARD.   MAYBE NEXT YEAR.

ABOUT THE 2014 HOOK:

NOT TO DROP NAMES, BUT IF YOU HAVE ACCESS TO THE SUMMER 2014 ISSUE OF "INTERWEAVE CROCHET" AND GO TO PAGE 9, YOU'LL SEE THE SISTER OF THIS HOOK.   BOTH SISTERS ARE MADE OF WOOD FROM THE ANCIENT APPLE TREE THAT INSPIRED THE BIRTH OF JIMBO HOOKS. THIS GENEROUS OLD TREE STILL  DONATES APPLES TO DEER, BEAR, SHADES THE CHIPMUNKS AND GIVES ME IT'S LATE BRANCH WOOD FOR JIMBO HOOKS.  IT STANDS SENTINEL  JUST DOWN THE HILL FROM JIMBO'S FRONT PORCH, A VERY SPECIAL TREE FROM A VERY SPECIAL PLACE.
THE FOOT IS FLATTENED TO ALLOW THE HOOK TO STAND ON DISPLAY, WITH BITS OF IT'S RUSTIC ORIGIN SHOWING HERE AND THERE.  IT STANDS 8 1/4 INCHES TALL AND IS AN "L" (8MM).
THE BOTTOM SURFACE OF THE HOOK IS HAND SIGNED "2014 ICD BY JIMBO"  ALONG WITH THE HOOK SIZE (L).

ABOUT THE CONTEST:
YOU CAN ENTER THE CONTEST BY COMMENTING IN THIS BLOG, OR BY EMAILING ME AT JIMBOCROCHETWHITTLER@YAHOO.COM  , INDICATING YOUR INTENTIONS FOR PROMOTING CROCHET ON INTERNATIONAL CROCHET DAY.  PLEASE ENTER ONLY ONCE.

 BECAUSE I'LL BE AWAY ON ICD, THE CONTEST WILL BE EXTENDED, ENDING AT MIDNIGHT, SEPT 14, 2014 PACIFIC STANDARD TIME.  ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WINNER WILL HAVE TO BE DELAYED UNTIL SEPT 15.

THIS IS AN INTERNATIONAL CONTEST SO CONTESTANTS FROM ABROAD ARE WELCOME!

GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY INTERNATIONAL CROCHET DAY

Jimbo

ps. if you're interested, hooks are being auctioned in the post below

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The Old Hook Maker Returns.. (AUCTION IS OVER FOR NOW..)..

A post at long last!!  
Of late I've had a serious case of Blogger Block, but I'm determined to get back on the horse and ride all the way down to the old apple tree, pick up a stick, and release the inner hook; then write a post about the adventure.  So it is said, so it will be done (ok maybe without the horse).
  I'm also determined, as promised, to put some hooks up for bids.  But first.... you want to see the transformation  of a shed branch from the old apple tree (lower left corner of the photo below) to a remarkable crochet hook?  You do!  Ok take a look.


 What you see above is a little stick that was likely pruned from the old apple tree by a bear, a deer, a cow, snow or wind.  However it was shed from the tree, I found it on the ground, looked to see if it had hook possibilities and got out the old whittling knife.  Here's the result.
A really beautiful piece of wood was hiding under that rough bark.  All it took to release the inner hook was a bit imagination followed by whittling, sanding and plenty of polishing.  The results are pretty amazing, eh?   I was so inspired, that I made more, right there on the Front Porch.  Sort of went back to my hook making roots.  It felt good.  And it feels good to be back.  Hope you haven't given up on me.

I'll be adding photos here hopefully today of hooks like this and maybe some turned ones too, for sale at auction.

AUCTION, FIRST PART IS OVER AS OF 10PM TONIGHT, 9/6/2014  THANK YOU FOR YOUR BIDS.  WINNIN BIDDERS PLEASE CONSIDER PAYING V IA PAYPAL BY CLICKING ON THE "MAKE A DONATION" BOX IN THE LEFT HAND MARGIN OF THIS BLOG.  PLEASE INCLUDE $2.50 EXTRA FOR SHIPPING IN YOUR PAYMENT AND BE SURE TO PROVIDE THE ADDRESS WHERE THE HOOKS SHOULD BE MAILED.
THANKS AGAIN EVERYONE FOR DROPPING BY.  THOSE WHO DIDN'T FIND SOMETHING TO BID ON, PLEASE CHECK BACK, I'LL BE ADDING MORE HOOKS TO THIS POST FOR ANOTHER AUCTION VERY SOON.
JIMBO


Somehow I figured out how to label the hooks in the picture!  Cool, huh.
Ok so we'll start with noting that all these hooks with the exception of hook E came from the old apple tree.  Hook E, I think, came from one of the Aspen trees just north of the old apple tree.  ALL of these hooks are genuine original  and hand carved by Jimbo while sitting on the Front porch on the ranch on Deadman Creek.  Wish you could have been there.  Twas a beautiful evening and the shavings curled perfectly.
So here we go.

Hook A is the hook with the little story above.  A beauty from a beast of a stick.  Sizewise it's an H (5mm) and it's 6 1/2 inches long.

Hook B is another beauty, but a little smaller. Overhand Lefties will love this one. It's a G (4mm) and is  6 inches long.

Hook C is a 7 (4.5mm) and a bit over 7 inches long.  I love the foot end on this one.  Looks a bit like a pony hoof.

Hook D is an L (a wee bit short of 8mm) and tips the tape at 7 inches.  You'll spend lots of time just turning this one around in your hand to see all the surprising grain and cambium features.

Hook E escaped from a Aspen branch that fell on the Porch.  Must have had hopes for becoming a hook, so I helped it out.  It's a K (6.5mm) and is 7 1/4 inches long.

Hook F is an H (5mm) and is another beauty.  This one has a foot shaped foot.  I like it!.  It's 6 3/4 inches of old apple tree beauty.

Hook G has a little graceful knee bend toward the foot end that snuggles against the heel of the hand when crocheting.  It's  a J (6mm) and 7 inches long as the crow flies; a bit longer if you count the bends.

So there you have it for this part of the auction... a friendly bunch of hooks all made completely by hand and just waiting to inspire you to venture out and crochet amazing things.  Any one of these hooks are guaranteed to get second looks from your crochet buddies.

Note please that this is the first part of an auction.  I'll be posting more hooks for your bidding pleasure soon.

You can place your bids by simply emailing me at jimbocrochetwhittler@yahoo.com
As always, please increase bids by $5 minimum.  First received bids will be favored in the case of a tie. I'll try to post bids as they come in, however I can't be at the computer at all times so I beg your understanding.
The auction will end this coming Saturday, Sept. 6 at 10pm Pacific time.

Happy bidding, and thanks for your patience!!
Jimbo

Bids:

Hook A
Sherri bids $10

Hook B
Carla goes $15

Hook C
Michelle goes $10

Hook D
Sherri's here with $10
Carrie raises it to $20

Hook E
Susan goes $10
Michelle bids $15

Hook F
Susan with $10

Hook G
And Sherri again with $10
Carrie takes it to $20
Doug comes in under the wire with $40!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

I'm ALIVE!!!


Please forgive me for not posting for so long.  Lots of new things have been happening, mainly health wise, that have made a slow old whittler even slower.  Shingles and angioplasty, is enough to say without boring you and getting too much into "poor Jimbo" self pity.  But I do have to give HUGE thanks to my family, friends, and to the amazingly caring staff at Sacred Heart hospital here in Spokane.
So I'm back and as soon as they let me, (probably by early next week) I'm going to re-dedicate myself to making heirloom quality crochet hooks for auction here in the blog.  I really appreciate you guys hanging in with me.  I mean afterall it's really been a LONG time since I posted anything, let alone started a hook auction.  I intend to remedy that.
Grateful for your patience,
Jimbo
Oh and a HUGE PS...... If you've an interest, check out page 9 of the 2014 Summer issue of Interweave Crochet!  I'm honored to have such a prestigious publication recognize Jimbo  hooks.