Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Mid April Auction is OVER, THANKS BIDDERS!

Thanks everyone for dropping by! The auction closed last night at 10pm. High bidders are AnaMaria and Amy. Please consider using the "make a donation" button in the left margin of this blog if you'd like to use paypal, or email me if you'd prefer other payment arrangements. Thanks again everyone!

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Here we go!! Three beauties up for bids. But first take a look at the bowl under the hooks. I made it for an upcoming FARA auction that will be taking place in Montana in a couple weeks. BUT what I'll do is take bids here and the highest bid here will be the minimum bid at the Montany auction, so in effect you'll be bidding in the FARA auction and your funds (if you're the high bidder) will go directly to help find a cure for Friedreich's Ataxia! The bowl is hand turned by Jimbo from a block of figured Maple. It's 6 5/8 inches in diameter and 2 inches tall. Beautiful wood finished in Beeswax.


Here is a spice bowl and spoon that we can auction for FARA too. This little bowl is made from a branch that broke from my back yard Maple, and the spoon is a piece of Zircote that was too small to make into a hook. Very ecological wouldn't you say? Beauty from waste. Anyways this little bowl, as you can see from the old nickel is small so it won't take up much space on your table. It's 3 1/4 inches(83mm)at the largest outside diameter and 1 1/2 inches (38mm) tall; and the bowl at it's deepest is 1 inch (25mm) deep. The spoon is a real beauty (took FOREVER to carve the bowl)and is almost 4 inches(98mm) long. I'm guessing the spoon will hold about 1/3 teaspoon of salt, pepper or DRY spice. I emphasize dry because you don't want to put liquids in either the bowl or spoon. They're wood and are finished for use but not with liquids if you want to retain their beauty. The bowl is finished with beeswax and the spoon with polyoil. We'll do this one the same because this bowl and spoon are also going to the Montany auction, so we'll take bids here and the highest bid here will be the minimum bid at the Montany auction, so in effect you'll be bidding in the FARA auction and your funds (if you're the high bidder) will go directly to help find a cure for Friedreich's Ataxia!

Ok now to the HOOKS! We have some beauties again!

Lets start with the biggie on the bottom. I think this is the first Q hook (19mm)that I've done in my new hook style. Its made of BEAUTIFUL Yew wood and for it's size is AMAZINGLY light but tough. Unlike store bought plastic Q hooks, this hook has ample shank space for collecting loops. A generous thumb rest is carved into the hook, making the grip thinner than the Q hook diameter. If you've been hankerin for a Q that's not likely to hurt your hand, this one should fit the bill just fine. Oh and it's long..9 inches(23cm.

Moving up from the big Q, we have a beautiful red Zapote in a size 7 (4.5mm). I've made Zapote hooks recently and found the wood just amazingly beautiful, VERY hard and EXCELLENT for hooks. The grain on this one was tight enough to allow smooth knife cuts, so much so that I left my knife marks on the thumb rest. The hook is a wee bit over 7 1/2 inches (19cm) long.

And on the top is a Panamanian Rosewood beauty! Long, slender, and with fashion model sophisticated beauty, this F (3.75mm) hook is done WITHOUT a thumb rest, which some underhand grip folks (pencil holders) prefer. (but I'll gladly carve one at the option of the highest bidder) And Length! It's 7 3/4 inches (19.7cm) long. Balance? oooooo yeah! The balance is well forward (toward the hook) from the center of length (most of my hooks are pretty much balanced at the center).. so if you'd like a weight forward hook, this one's your huckleberry; and THAT'S not an easy thing to do in smaller hook sizes, you know, because a lot of the forward weight goes away when the wood is taken down to the smaller hook sizes.

So because the Montana FARA auction is coming up soon, lets shorten this auction and end it this coming Monday night (April 19Th) 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!


Maple bowl:
AnaMaria bids $50 for a pretty bowl and a great cause!!

Spice bowl and spoon:

Yew Q (hay, that rhymes!):
AnaMaria goes $25

Zapote 7:
Amy goes $25

Pan Rosewood F:
Deb jumps right in with $35
Amy says $40

And thanks again for dropping by!



Vaughnde said...

These are Gorgeous!

Alesha said...

Holy Gorgeous!!!!!

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