note... I lied. I read on the turning blank that this hook came from, that it is a piece of Zircote. It's not. This is Brazilian Rosewood!! I should have known better. The two don't have the slightest resemblance. Sorry!!!
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There's inherent beauty in all wood. Nature is the perfect artist, and this crochet hook displays an excellent example of nature at it's best.
This hook (both pictures are of the same hook) came from a little piece of Brazilian Rosewood that otherwise would likely have been sold to someone making ball point pens. Not to speak down to pen makers, some are amazing artists; but ball point pens just don't speak to me, and it seems a shame to use such absolutely beautiful wood on a pen that will function just as well or better in a plastic tube. And who makes art with ball point pens? Crochet hooks, and especially THIS crochet hook is destined to make art.
I think a wood piece should be just that.. a wood piece and the less involvement with manmade materials, the more chance the beauty of the wood has to show itself. So, I'm glad to have had the chance with this piece to make what might become a functional heirloom. Never heard of a ball point heirloom, have you? But there I go again. Don't be so cynical, Jimbo.
Ok ok.... so What's amazing about this particular hook, besides having astounding color, figured grain and smoothness; is the little blond topknot. That's not paint or stain, folks. And it's NOT laminated. That's the SAME wood as the rest of the hook. A little natural highlight. A beauty mark. Sort of makes a statement, eh?
While making this hook, I was thinking G (4mm), but to do that, I'd have to remove much more material and that little blond topknot would have disappeared. So, having some control over the issue, I decided to make it an L (8mm). I left just as much wood on this hook as I possibly could because, well what isn't hook is chips and sawdust and I don't like to waste such beautiful wood. I started with a blank that was just over 8 inches long. This hook is a little over 7 1/2 inches long (19cm).
Is it for sale? Yeah! The porch needs a roof!
Lets do this one at auction because I just can't ask what I think it's worth. We'll make it short and end bidding this Thursday night 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 bid posted, so if your bid is the same as another, I'll go by which ever one mailed first. Also please increase bids by $5 minimum. Email bids, if you like, to me at
Vicki goes $20
Amy says $25
Karen goes $30
Amy bumps it up to $35
Carla jumps in with $45
For some reason this didn't post right, but the final bid came in at $55.
And thanks for dropping by!!
Oh and please note the post below and come whittle with me!