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The contest and auction a few posts below are still running... but just to hold your interest...
And now for something different! I made these three hooks from wood i found at a little woodworking store about 30 miles from the ranch. They had a box of end cuts that were either going to be sold or used for kindling. I saw some really likely hooks in that box and rescued them. And I'm not regretting stopping.
This store makes a lot of their own turning and carving stock from local trees that have to be removed for one reason or another. However.these hooks with the exception of maybe the middle one aren't local stock.. Well lets just get into them.
The bottom hook of the group is what you might call an "Arts and Crafts" hook, if you're familiar with that style of furniture and design (I'm nuts about it). Its White Oak. I had an inquiry awhile back, if I could make hooks from oak. Well here's the answer. This is oak with lots of oakian figure... with medullary rays here and there to give it that old time kind of look. Plus its HARD wood. 6 1/2 inches long and a snug H in the Bates gage. A real beauty!
The Middle hook is just.. well the photo can't begin to do it justice. The grain in this hook is about the tightest I've come across. This means VERY slow growth. If you were able to count the "annular rings" that run across the handle end of this hook, I wouldn't be a bit surprised if you passed a hundred. Mind you, I'm not saying this hook is over a hundred years old... I don't trust that an annular ring represents a year; more likely they mark growing seasons; and in areas where there are rainy and dry times, more than one ring might be produced in a year. Anyways, tight grain is good. Especially in softwood hooks. This one I think is fir ...normally a wood that I reserve for larger hooks; but this one I've taken down to an H. Its 7 inches long and super lightweight. The Honey color is well, you'll see if you buy it.
The top hook is made from and end cut of five-quarter ribboned Redwood. And here's another where the picture can't do justice. You just can't capture the iridescence of a ribboned wood in a still photograph. It catches the light at different angles and gives a glassy, deep look that you see at one angle, and you don't at another. Now redwood is also a pretty soft wood to be making hooks from, so i reserve it to larger hooks and gentel crochetiers. This one is a Q and I made the handle appropriate to such a large hook. The grip is extremely comfortable for overhanders and even doable for underhanders, I'd venture. But what you won't find in this beautiful little piece of Northern California is weight. I really doubt you could find a lighter weight wooden Q hook.
And you can send me your bids, identifying the hook you want and the amount you're bidding. Please send bids to my Yahoo address:
Keep an eye on the blog to see if you're outbid, and bid again if you choose.
I'll keep this auction open till Tuesday night, Oct. 30, 10pm Pacific Standard time.
and I'll post bids for you to watch below
White Oak Hook:
Marty fell for the Oak.. $20
Bonnie, blessed Saint of the traveling hook bids $27
Jane: $30 (and here i thought folks forgot about the auction!)
Marty is back with $35
Old Fir hook:
Paula goes $20
Mia's in for $30
Marty's here too. $35
Nadir ups it to $38
But Mia's back with $40
All the way from Belgium comes Kimberly with $35 American.
Ah but look out! Here comes Elizabeth with a gleam in her eye... $40
And Paula's got one too... $45
OOPs forgot to post Elizabeth's $50 Sorry!! (imagine forgetting to post a $50 bid!!)
Thanks for visiting!!