Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Jimbo's New Apprentice... and Hooks up for Bids! (Auction is over!)

Thanks everyone! Great bunch of bidders! Biff's still working on his hook but as soon as he's done I'll post a picture. In the meantime, there will be another auction VERY soon. Come on back soon!

Meet my new apprentice, Biff. Biff is a Beagle who is just under 8 weeks old and came to live with us Valentine's Day. Karol's been hinting for a couple years now that she'd like another dog. I finally wised up a few days ago and surprized Karol with a pretty cute little Valentine's puppy. As you can see, I'm already training Biff to become a hook maker. He finds time for shaping hook sticks between his regular work hours. His job? Chew on the furniture and poop on the carpet. The old Biffster and I are getting along pretty well though, I must admit. And who knows? Maybe some day all this will be his! Just a wee bit more work on his finishing technique and maybe hone in his hook forming skills a little more and watch out!

Here are a couple that Biff and I worked up, and they're up for bids! Two itsy bitsy hooks, size wise that is.

The top hook is made of Zircote. Its a really beautiful and very hard wood with grain figure that's so distracting that you'll just sit and stare at the hook and loose time crocheting. And I made it long and lean, without a thumb rest for pencil grippers (overhand grip style). And the size?? Oh yeah. It's an F! (3.75mm) And LONG! It's 8 1/2 inches (21.6cm). And the balance point is smack in the middle.

And the second hook?? Well its just the smallest hook size I've EVER made. A one-of-a-kind Jimbo hook here. I don't think I've ever made an E before. Can't be totally sure cause I've made lots of hooks. But an E (3.25mm)? I thought it couldn't be done. Maybe it was the wood. This is Honduran Rosewood.. a really nice hardwood that lets me get down into the wee sizes. Oh and the picture doesn't show it well, but this hook has a nice generous thumb rest. And it's 7 inches (17.8cm) long.

I'm kind of doubting that we'll be putting Biff's hook up for bids, at least this time. He's still working on it. Hay, the little fella's only 8 weeks old, you know.
But he's trying!

So lets close this one this coming Tuesday night (Feb 23) at 10pm Pacific Time.

To new bidders: I try to post bids as they come in. I'll not be here ALL the time... so if your bid doesn't show up right away, not to worry. Your bid will be posted as soon as I'm able to get to them. Identical bids are entered by first to post so if your bid is the same as another, I'll go by which ever one was posted first. Also please increase bids by $5 minimum. email bids, if you like, to me at

Here we go!


Zircote F:
Sherri says $20
Sheryl goes $25
Kathy goes $30
Claire says $40

Rosewood E:
Sherri again with $20
Erin's going to Honduras and wants the local wood hook to take along.. $25
Nicole is glad to see an E.. $35
Lori goes to $40
Nicole ups it to $45


missmaxx said...

Hello Biff! It's a pleasure to meet you. When you get that hook done I'll be happy to bid on it.

Joyce said...

Love the puppy Jimbo. He's adorable.

Vaughnde said...

Awwww what a cute sweetie. Hi Biff and welcome!

blueat40 said...

Biff is a cutie!! Glad to hear he's got a job and doing well at it. Can't wait to see his finished hooks!!

Gale and Kandis Palmanteer said...

Hey Jim,
We want to talk to you! Give us a call. The Palmanteers.
Love your work!!!

Vaughnde said...

You have received the Sunshine Award. Come by my blog and get it :)

angelfire said...

I am sorry I missed these hooks, I had a death of a close friend and one of these would have been perfect to give to his spouse. They are definitleyl unique and I would ahve loved to hold them for a minute or two

Anonymous said...

What a little cutie! Hello Biff. I am ready for a new beagle and this little guy makes me want one right now.