This is my very latest hook, with a slightly different twist. Its an L hook in fir, but where i normally sand the begeebers out of the hook to smooth all surfaces, this one didn't need it. I did sand the hook head, throat, shank, and butt end, but the rest i left with the knife marks exposed.. and (now this it sooooo cool) its JUST as smooth as the sanded part! Shows what a sharp knife will do eh (and maybe why i cut myself so much)? Personally, i like to see the knife marks on carvings.. its kind of like seeing the brush strokes on paintings; lends a bit of insight into the carver and the technique used.
Ok... i'm off to the shop to try and catch up a bit.