Wednesday, May 06, 2015

How to make metal hooks, or why I make wood hooks

In the interest of curiosity, knowing that you are just fascinated by crochet hook  design and construction; I'm sharing some information found during a search of venerable European patents.  The drawings above show how to forge a metal crochet hook.  I didn't translate the description, but as you can see, it's pretty evident from the drawings how it works.  I'll embellish a little just cause that's what I do.
So to make a metal hook you must have:

A source of high temp heat such as a coal fired forge or at least a propane fired torch;

A blank of malleable metal such as, oh, steel*, brass, silver, gold (twould be nice, eh?) that is a bit larger than the diameter of the hook you'd like to make;

*steel requires high temperature so I'd stick with the softer albeit heavier metals.

An anvil (perhaps a short piece of railroad rail will do);

A small blacksmith hammer.

Now all you do is shape the hook as shown in the drawings.  Cinchy.

Right.

I'm sticking to making wood hooks.

If YOU decide to make one, send me a picture and I'll post it here.

Happy Hammering
Jimbo

Thursday, April 16, 2015

ANOTHER APRIL AUCTION IS HERE (AUCTION IS OVER)

Thank you ALL for dropping by!  This auction is over.  High bidders please consider paying by way of paypal, simply by clicking on the little yellow box in the left hand margin labeled "Make a Donation".  Please include $2.50 extra for shipping in your payment. I'll try to get your hook in the mail right away.  If you prefer to pay a different way, please send me an email and we'll figure it out.
Thanks again!!  Another auction will follow shortly.  Meantime please drop by again, I'm cogitating a post on how to make metal hooks (gotta try that sometime).

SOME EXOTIC WOOD BEAUTIES...



AND SOME AMAZING DOMESTICS

AND IF THAT ISN'T  ENOUGH, CHECK OUT THE OTHER SIDE...

AND THEN THERE'S THIS....

AND THE OTHER SIDE..
AND IN THE HAND...


Yup I've been a busy whittler lately.  Got the old hook making mojo back, I'm happy to say.  Lots of personal stuff's been happening and not all of it so good but making hooks is real therapy for me and here you have some of the results.

Shall we start at the top?  I'm referring to the four exotic beauties at the top of this post.  These are made from various rosewood related hardwoods, all having natural dark coloration and amazing grain beauty.  Lets call the hook at the far left Hook #1 and move to the right.

So Hook #1 is a 7mm beauty, a size that fits neatly between a K and an L.  Beautiful grain, smooooooooth and lightweight for an exotic hardwood.  Lengthwise it's 7 1/2 inches of very nicely figured Rosewood.

Hook #2 is made from one of the most beautiful but hard to work hardwoods in the world, Cocobolo.  Cocobolo is VERY hard and dense with natural oils that like to plug up the grains of sandpaper.  But for all the extra work the wood demands, it pays back in incredible color and grain.  Any hook made of Cocobolo is a real collector's item.  This one is an H (5mm) and is 7 1/2 inches long.

Hook #3 is another beautiful red colored hook, made from a piece of Bloodwood I found in my exotic wood stash.  Bloodwood is a really fine hook wood because of it's strength and durability.  Not one to sneeze at beauty wise either.  Chatoyance is there in abundance, making it a hook you can stare at and wonder at how Mother Nature does such beautiful things.  It's an H (5mm) and is 7 3/4 inches long.

Hook #4 is a cousin of hook #1 (made of the same wood) and was blessed with beautiful grain and color as well.  It's a smaller size (G 4mm) and a bit shorter at 7 1/4 inches long.

Now we move down to the domestics that just might knock your socks off.

Hook #5 (resting on my treasured "Your Cabin in the Woods" book) is honestly one of the most interesting, beautiful, challenging  hooks I've ever made.  It's made from a fallen branch that I found up on the Ranch a few yards from the Front Porch.  I believe it came from a Hazlenut bush.  The bark (and I wish now that I'd taken pictures of the raw wood cause you wouldn't have believed a hook could come from such a sorry looking piece) was pitted all over from the beaks of  yellow belly sapsuckers.  Sapsuckers are not my favorite bird because they can destroy whole young trees.  I'll show you a link so's you can see the bird and what they can do here .  In this case, the bird started what ended up as this amazingly beautifully naturally spalted  beauty.  Not that it didn't take major effort on my part to hold it all together during the making process.  There were times I thought it would just give up and crumble, but as you can see, it held together.  And it held well. It turned out to be one of the smoothest hooks for crochet I've made.   The hook was made  large to begin with because I was afraid the wood would give up on me.  I was wrong, it held nicely, but still I wanted to keep the grain figure at the hook head, which is, oh, incredible to say the least.  And the rest of the spalting in the hook?  Well that's why I took two pictures.  So.... you can see this is a truly one-of-a-kind hook.  It should rate a one of a kind size too, eh?   Ever hear of an "O" size?  I didn't for some time and figured it wasn't made because the letter "O" can easily be confused with the number "0" or some such hook sizing logic.  But there is such a thing as a size "O" (10.5mm) and that is what this hook size is.   7 7/8 inches of wood that thought it could (become a hook), and did.

Hook #6 is a hand carved Tamarack hook that was made from the fallen branch of a Tamarack (Western Larch) tree up on the ranch (and also just a few yards from the Front Porch)  In fact it was carved on the Porch by this old whittler feller (me) between staring sessions at the mountains across the meadow.  Heaven.  Whittling my favorite wood while sitting on the Front Porch up on the Crick on a quiet evening, listening to the Crick in the distance and watching the clouds bump over Hoodoo Mountain across the way.  Don't get much better than that.   I kept the cambium layer on the handle just because I love the color and the artwork that little beetles (not there anymore) carved.  The hook was made from a quartered piece that was split like firewood; so there's a bit of wedge shape on the finger side that I like to hold in the crease of my middle finger (see the bottom picture).  Comfy.  Lightweight.  Beautiful.  Made in the presence of the Crick.
It's roughly an M 9mm in size and is 7 inches long.

There we have it... another set of hooks and they're ready for bidding

Bidding rules:  We'll run the auction up until 10pm on Wednesday, April 29th.  Please email your bids to me at jimbocrochetwhittler@yahoo.com .

Tying bids will be resolved in favor of the first received.

I do take "Proxy" bids if you choose to do that as well but if we get a tie on highest proxy bid, resolution will again be in favor of the first bid received, but in this case I'll notify the later bidder of the situation.

I'm not always close by the computer, but I'll try to post your bids as soon as I can.

Please increase bids by $5 minimum.

Let the auction begin!

bids:

Hook #1
Barbara goes $45

Hook #2
Mona bids $25
Barbara with $45
Mona's back with $50
Barbara raises it to $60


Hook #3
Mona again with $25
Barbara here with $45

Hook #4
Mona once more: $25
Barbara does $50
Mona raises to $55
Barbara goes to $60

Hook #5
Carla bids $50
Barbara bumps it up to $60

Hook #6
Cathy goes $25
Nicola bids $30
Cathy ups it to $35
Nicola counters with $40
Cathy responds with $45

Monday, April 13, 2015

Clever Crochet Tool I just found....

So of course I had to make one.....

Ever see anything like this??  Might be kind of fun.  Should I put it up for bids???
Let me know your thoughts if you've a notion.  Meanwhile the April Auction / Hook giveaway continues on in the post below this one.  AND another auction's coming soon.   Hooooo Eeeeee!


just found out this tool was produced by Ktel (remember those Ktel adds on TV?)  Fascinating.  See a youtube link to the add here....
The add makes it all look so easy.  I bet that's not quite the case though.  Whadaya think?

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

April Crochet hook Auction and Hook give-away contest

Auction is OVER !  so is the contest and the winner is DAVID 

High bidders please consider paying by way of paypal, simply by clicking on the little yellow box in the left hand margin labled "Make a Donation".  Please include $2.50 extra for shipping in your payment. I'll try to get your hook in the mail right away.

Thanks again for a super auction, Bidders!  There will be another auction very shortly, I promise!
State


Lets start with these. ok?  We have an eclectic bunch of hook materials and sizes here for your bidding pleasure.
Lets start with the hook lying in the foreground.  We'll call it hook #1.  This one is a Jimbo hand carved rustic apple wood (Deadman Crick Apple wood, that is)  "M" (9mm) hook.  This hook was carved from a branch section that I quartered into several pieces.  The top side of the handle, as you see, is fairly flat except for the indented thumb rest.  The back side keeps the natural shape of the branch and a bit of the cambium layer.  This is a very comfortable and interesting looking hook.
Moving up to the upright hooks, starting with the one on the far left, we have hook

#2.  This hook is also Deadman Crick Apple, but this piece is spalted, with contrasting beautiful blond and copper colors.  Sizewise this is a 7mm (between a K and an L) and stands proud and tall at 8 1/2 inches long. This is one of just a few very few totally unique spalted apple hooks, A very rare collection.

Moving to the right we have a highly figured and chatoyant maple hook #3.  Remember those little plastic pictures that you could look at and see one image, and that image would be replaced with another when you tipped the picture a certain way?  Well that's what this hook is like.  It's amazing and beautiful at the same time.  It's a K (6.5mm) and stands 7 7/8 inches tall.

Another step to the right brings us to a very pretty hook #4, made of that same amazing optically mystifying figured maple.  Big and beautiful it is.  A size Q* that stands up at 8 1/4 inches.
*Note that this is a Q as measured on my Lacis crochet hook gauge, which also gives the size in millimeters: 13mm, which is quite different than the 15 - 16mm Q sizes given by other hook manufacturers.  Interesting eh?  I sure wish they would get their acts together and standardize hook sizes.  So you can have a Q like this one which measures 13mm or a Q measured by another manufacturer that is 16mm.  BIG difference.  Ah but I rant on and this is supposed to be a fun auction.  Lets move on.

Hook #5 is a totally new development in my "Egg" hook line; an Egg hook that stands up!  You see it standing in the photo.  Convenient and showy (even has a bit of a saucy lean, slightly to the right), this hook still fits the hand like a glove and just might be the answer to a crochetier's prayer who needs a hook for sore hand/wrist.  I've had customers tell me they thought they'd have to give up crocheting until they tried one of my egg hooks.  They're just so easy to grip in the palm of the hand.  So this one is a "M" (9mm) and stands 5 inches tall.  The first of a new Jimbo line!

Hook #6 is another biggie.  It weighs in at 13.5mm and is 8 1/8 inches of hookalicious spalted Apple... the last one from the chunk of spalted apple wood I got from the old tree up on the Crick (told you they'd be rare, eh?)   I tapered the cheeks of this one to ease the sliding motion of the yarn loop onto the shank. This should be a very nice hook to work with, not to mention its beauty and rarity.

So there we have it, for now; 6 hooks and they're up for bids.
Bidding rules:  We'll run the auction for 7 days, ending up at 10pm on Wednesday, April 15th.  Please email your bids to me at jimbocrochetwhittler@yahoo.com .

Tying bids will be resolved in favor of the first received.

I do take "Proxy" bids if you choose to do that as well but if we get a tie on highest proxy bid, resolution will again be in favor of the first bid received, but in this case I'll notify the later bidder of the situation.

Please increase bids by $5 minimum.

Let the auction begin!

bids:

Hook #1
Cynthia bids $25
David goes $35
Cynthia counters with $40
David bumps it up $45
Cynthia's right back with $50

Hook #2
Cathy goes $30
Pauline bids $35
Cathy's back with $40
David  with $45
Cathy goes to $50

Hook#3
Doug is loath to see a lonesome hook without a bid .... $30
Thank you, Doug, and #3 thanks you too.
Brenda likes #3 too.... $35
Niki takes it to $40
Brand goes to $ 45


Hook #4
Cynthia bids $25
Doug goes $45



Hook#5
Oops, I put Cynthia's original bid in the wrong place
corrected here
Cynthia, $25
Vikki Raises to $50!
Cynthia holds up her bid paddle.. $55
David raises it to $70


Hook #6
Doug is back with $40




AND NOW FOR THE HOOK GIVE AWAY CONTEST 

I've decided to give away the other egg hook you see in my earlier post.  Here, I'll blow it up and show it to you again so you'll know what you're entering for....


A beauty of an egg hook, albeit done in the old rounded bottom style.  This is a beautiful chatoyant "H" (5mm) eggstyle Jimbo hook that's 5 1/2 inches long.  Wanted to try an egg hook but hesitated to buy one?  Well if you are the chosen one, you'll get this one FREE!
I'm going to favor my followers by automatically entering them, but you don't need to be on the follower list to enter, just post a comment to this post.  If that doesn't work, simply email me with a little note telling me of your wish to enter the contest and I'll post your entry.  Only one entry per person, please.
We'll run the contest the same time as the auction above, with a drawing at 10pm Pacific Time on April 15th.
Thanks for all your patience and support!
State


Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Crochet Hook REVOLUTION!! and preview of upcoming auction






WILL THE CROCHET WORLD EVER BE THE SAME AGAIN???
AFTER MINUTES OF EXTENSIVE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
JIMBO ENTERS THE WORLD OF HIGH TEK 
SOCIAL MEDIA MEETS CROCHET
THE RESULTS?
READY FOR IT??

OK!  I GIVE YOU.....
FACEHOOK!!
THE WORLD'S FIRST AND MOST ASTOUNDING MARRIAGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE CROCHET HOOK.  
WHAT, YOU ASK, WILL THIS AMAZING MARRIAGE PRODUCE?
SELFIES?  WELL DUH
PATTERN RECOGNITION?  OH YEAH
STITCH COUNTING?  UH HUH
YARN SELECTION
TENSION DETECTION
REAL TIME PROJECT QUESTION/ANSWER SHARING 
AND YOU'RE THE FIRST TO SEE IT; ANOTHER ASTOUNDING DEVELOPMENT FROM THE LABS HERE ON JIMBO'S FRONT PORCH!  
OH THE HUMANITY!

need I mention April Fools??

and now for some no fooling previews of coming auctions!!  No fooling this time....




You can see I've been busy making "regular" Jimbo hooks while coming up with crochet world shattering inventions.  The good news is all these hooks will be up for auction (unless I decide to have a contest and give one away).  The bad news is I'm going to be away, so you'll need to wait a week for the auction to start.  These pictures are here to hopefully tantalize you and cause you to set your timer to one week when we'll open up bids on a first batch of hooks.  I'll do my best to start an auction on April 8.

See you then!
Jimbo

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

CROCHET SHOULD SMELL SO GOOD...

AUCTION'S OVER, THANKS AND BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME, PAMBO.   AND CONGRATULATIONS DOUG, YOU'RE THE HIGH BIDDER!!

A DECEMBER AUCTION FOR THIS HOOK AND MAYBE OTHERS IF I GET THE TIME

bytheway.... check out the post below for the winner of the 2014 Jimbo Crimmis Hook and click on her link.  You'll be impressed.  I promise.

Ever have a Crochet Hook that smelled good?  This one does.  In fact it smells so good that I left it unfinished so's not to cover up the "bouquet".  The wood?  It's Texas Juniper.  The smell?  Unique and a bit of heaven at least in my senses.  If you've ever smelled aromatic Cedar, like you might have in a hope chest or a cedar lined closet, well this is somewhat similar only vastly better, in my humble view.  I can smell it now as I type and it takes me back to a short vacation we had in Sedona Arizona at the "Junipine Resort".  There Junper grows tree size and folks cut it for their fireplaces.  One night I took a little walk in chilly air and the aroma of smoke from the fireplaces was just, well I can't think of adequate words. That was years ago and I'd go back in a heartbeat just to smell the juniper fireplace smoke.  Wierd  eh?  Not if you've had the experience.  Now I'm not suggesting you burn this hook.. noooo sir-e.  This a a really functional hook and the fact that it isnt coated with an aroma stifling finish doesn't really detract from it's usefulness it's as smooth as your  typical finished Jimbo hook (and that's about as smooth as they come).  So using this hook, as it works against the yarn, will act like a "scratch and sniff".  Don't scratch the hook, though.   Simple rubbing of the hook against a cloth or the yarn will release the aroma.  mmmmmmmmm
Technically, this hook is a Q (16mm).  The head and throat are shaped to make crochet with chunky yarns, and the wood is selected to make your crocheting a multi sensory joy.  It's flat afoot and will stand tall, a full 8 1/4 inches.

   Want to bid on this amazing hook?   Just email me your bids at  jimbocrochetwhittler@yahoo.com  and I'll post them as soon as I get to this keyboard.  We'll make this one run till  10pm December 17th.

   Tying bids will be resolved in favor of the first received.  I do take "Proxy" bids if you choose to do that as well but if we get a tie on highest prosy bid, resolution will again be in favor of the first received but I'll notify the lower bidder of the situation.  Bids increase by $5 minimum.
If I get time I'll edit this post to include more hooks, so please check back if a  good smellin Q isn't on your bucket list...

Bids:
Pambo is here vicariously (tis the season):  $35
Doug's here with $40!






Tuesday, December 02, 2014

THE GREAT 2014 JIMBO CRIMMIS HOOK CONTEST WINNER IS VIKKI HOOKS!! CONGRATULATIONS!!

AND WE HAVE A WINNER!!  CHOSEN BY RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR IS

VIKKI HOOKS

Bytheway... Vikki is a VERY accomplished crochetier.  Didn't know her but I do now, you should take a look at her art at http://byhooks4u.blogspot.com/


     THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED!  IT WAS A GREAT TURNOUT!



HERE'S THE FIRST EVER, ONE OF A KIND, 2014 JIMBO CRIMMIS HOOK CONTEST
AND WE HAVE A FIRST EVER, ONE OF A KIND HOOK TO GIVE AWAY!
CAN YOU SEE THE CROCHET HOOK IN THIS PICTURE???



HAVE YOU BEEN NAUGHTY OR NICE??  NICE?  A LITTLE OF BOTH??  OH GOOD!!!!  I'LL SHOW YOU........



This first of it's kind Jimbo Crimmis Hook could be yours!  To enter the contest, simply comment on this post or if blogger won't let you, just click on... Crimmis Hook 2014  .... I'll post your entry for you.

Rules:
One entry per person, please.
Followers of this blog get two entries IF you tell me in your comment or email that you are a follower AND you really are.
Contest ends Wednesday, Dec. 17th at 10pm Pacific Time.
The winner will be selected at random, but I REALLY like to have comments.

Oh! I don't mean to upstage the auction in the post below.  But there's only one day left for bids (it ends Dec 3 at 10pm) and I wanted to get this contest going as quickly as possible.

Oh yeah about the hook.  That's a very real glass Crimmis light bulb and I made the wood of.... you guessed it..... APPLE.  Physical details dont' matter but just so's you know, the assembled hook and stand are about 7 inches tall and the hook itself is 5 5/8 inches long.  Sizewise it's 7.5mm.   The hook is fully functional and comfy to use (crochets very like an egg hook) but remember it is a glass bulb so be gentle.

Now dash away dash away dash away all... and enter !

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!

JIMBO