All hooked up

You may be surprised that this is not a post about crochet, but about buying local (again).

Each hook is unique and handmade

Each hook is unique and handmade

For ages I have wanted some hooks on the door between the kitchen and the utility room, but was really reluctant to buy ones that had been mass produced. About two years ago I saw some wooden ones, fashioned from the joint between the stem and branch of  a tree.  I didn’t buy them, thinking I would encounter the design again, but despite hunting local shops and craft stalls, I never saw such a thing, until a visit to the People’s Market in Lampeter over the summer. And there, next to the cheese stall, was a woodworker called Mick*, with exactly what I wanted. He was even making one as we watched. I love the simplicity of the design and, as you can see from the photograph they are just beautiful.

Mystic treasures

Mystic treasures

As I was discussing this post with Mr Snail-of-happiness, he pointed out that these are not the only handmade hooks we have – there is another, awaiting deployment. This one was made by the blacksmith at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut. When we visited a few years ago, we spent ages watching the smith and chatting to him. I think he was delighted that we were so interested and so he made us a hook there and then, which we have treasured ever since and I really must clean up and make use of. As you can see from the picture, he also made us a nail and a little burnished leaf, which I wear as a pendant.

I do love to own simple, handmade items…. especially when I have met the creator of them.


* He wasn’t there when I went last Saturday, so I couldn’t find out his full name – if anyone does know, I’d love to give him credit.

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  1. gentlestitches

     /  November 14, 2013

    I agree! An object that has been crafted by hand be it beautiful, useful, both or none is humanness at its most delightful. Without sounding “fancifull” a bit of the creator remains in the object, I believe!


    • So true… I also love having the memories associated with something I have seen being made. The blacksmith at Mystic was so fascinating that we didn’t take any photos, we just came away with the objects and associated feelings.


  2. I haven’t been to Mystic in ages, I must go again after this reminder. I love your hooks and agree that I love homemade stuff. As a crafter and card maker, I do a lot of fun stuff and like to use what I have around instead of tossing it. Thanks for sharing!



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