I can't come up with a price for this hook, so we'll let it sell itself. But I can tell you a few things about it. The wood? Take a guess. Give up? Ok it's Purple Heart, believe it or not. I'm not sure where this piece came from, but how fortunate it was found. I wasn't sure the wood wouldn't explode into dust on my lathe, but it didn't; wasn't sure what size to make the hook so it decided by itself to be even more unique, it's 8.5mm, halfway between an L and an M on the Bates "knit check"; never experienced Purple Heart sap/heartwood and am doubtful that it will cross my peepers again. Also new to me is the amazing chatoyance. Purple heart, while an interesting and very hard wood, doesn't usually show nearly so well when polished (at least to my experience). This is a quality of wood that has always impressed me. Chatoyance is an optical thing, giving the illusion of depth and changing light reflectance as the hook is turned in the light. Ever see Chatoyant, wavy, spalted, tiny wormholed Purple Heart? Well you're looking at a hook with all those characteristics. "The worm holes?" you ask. Yup, there are a bunch of them, and some go clear through the hook in the handle. Those little holes are no longer home to the little critters who prefered a diet of chatoyant spalted Purple Heart, and they have no affect on the quality of the hook. In fact I think they enhance the character significantly.
This is a significant hook, totally unique in its multiple attributes, and it's up for bids.
Ok lets get started. You can email me bids at
email@example.com . Please, no "maximum bids" , my little mind can't handle such complex issues when ties occur. I'll post bids as they come in and run the auction until Monday, Feb. 13th, then close at 10pm Pacific time on that date. Please bid in $5 increments. Ties will be broken by the time the bids are received. The first bid received in a tie wins.
As always, thank you for dropping by!
Barbara starts it off with $30
Melinda with a big bump to $50
Marty bids $55
Melinda goes to $65!
Marty's back with $75