Archive | December, 2011

Straight from the lip (2)

22 Dec
Bespoke rack

Made to Order: Cast iron, swan-neck hat & coat hooks mounted on 300-year-old French oak plinth

“I just wanted to let you know that we received the hooks last week and they are absolutely stunning!!! Thank you so very much for making it for us and for your awesome customer service. It is greatly appreciated.”Beatriz Carrillo, London, UK

Straight from the lip (1)

7 Dec

Hooked on Hooks made me an oak coat rack with vintage hooks that was exactly what I wanted. Steve is intuitive, a perfectionist, and a craftsman. He produced something that enhances my hallway and will last forever. The oak is already 200 years old, so I think I’m safe in saying that!”

Penny Moran, Guildford, UK

“Thanks Steve, our beautiful coat rack arrived speedily and safely. It has a wall to itself and is happily laden with coats and dog leads. Fantastic service and I’m looking for a new wall for our next rack!”

Elizabeth Nicolis, Verona, Italy

“The beautiful hooks arrived in good order this afternoon. I can’t wait to see them in place. Thank you so much. I know you will find it hard to live without them!”

Mary & Ken Walker, Holme, UK

“Your website and your products are lovely – the best quality hookboards I’ve ever seen.”

Melanie Mallet, Shop Manager, Trebah, UK

“Thank you for the pleasant personal service. Much appreciated.”

Sue Holt, Monmouth, UK

“Steve – the hooks turned out exactly how I wanted them to, so thanks so much for that.”

Polly Kemp, London, UK

“Thank you so much for the delightful set of hooks on beech, which arrived safely this morning – the rack is just what I wanted. Indeed, the hooks themselves are gorgeous to put our dog leads on – it is just the thing! I think the cost of the item is really very acceptable, by the way; it is both interesting in itself and beautifully done. Our three retrievers, and soon to arrive pup, are very lucky! I do wish you all the best with your business and will recommend you when I can. Your customer service and delivery are exemplary.”

Dr Edith Holding, Seahouses, UK

“Your Polka Dot rack is a ‘brain wave’! It combines the feminine hooks on a rather masculine piece of wood. The rack is like a man and a woman – the perfect couple!”

Wonderfully one-off rack of hooks… (SOLD)

6 Dec 15-hook rack
15-hook rack

Wonderfully one-off, 15-hook, antique English oak rack on sale for £185.00 (SOLD)

I may have said it before, but this time it’s true. This spectacular hat & coat rack – replete with 15 double hooks – may well be the hat & coat rack to end all hat & coat racks.

All of 8 feet 10 inches long (269cm in the other currency), it has enough hooks for a football team – or indeed, just a hall, boot room, bedroom, or kitchen in someone’s home. It would also look fantastic in a hotel foyer, restaurant, shop or boutique, or just about any other place where people need to hang hats, coats, scarves, umbrellas, dog leads and the like.

Uniquely for Hooked on Hooks, this is a coat rack that started out in life, not as wall panelling in a medieval church, not as a side strut on a four-poster bed, nor indeed as a Victorian floorboard. No, this is literally a coat rack that started out in life as a coat rack.

Removed from a large house during renovations, all but three of the original wooden pegs were either missing or broken off. Languishing beneath a pile of old wood at Semley Reclamation, it was waiting for just the right person to come along to restore it, if not to its former glory, then certainly to a fabulous reworked version of its former self.

Coated with an ancient dark stain and looking very sorry for itself indeed – not to say, just plain ugly – the first task was to see what sort of wood lay beneath. Several hours and many sheets of sandpaper later, I was amazed to discover not just a piece of English oak, but a completely flawless piece of English oak  without so much as a single knot. Another even more pleasing discovery was not just fixing holes for attaching the rack to a wall, but fixing holes with solid inlaid brass countersunks – all ten of them.

To re-peg or not to re-peg, that was the next question. After some deliberation, I decided to abandon the idea of restoring all the old wooden pegs. Instead, I’d fit one of the most striking hat & coat hooks around, the double, solid brass, antique finish, Edwardian-era design double hook with genuine porcelain finials. If you’re going to go for it, I reasoned, why not really go for it? The point was, opting for ‘normal hooks’ would neatly avoid all the difficulties associated with wooden pegs – cracking, shrinkage, splitting, gluing etc.

Currently this wonderfully one-off rack – which is, incidentally at least Edwardian and probably Victorian – is on sale at Semley Reclamation, Dorset. Readers of previous blogs will know that this not for sale on the Hooked on Hooks website but can be retrieved upon request from Semley, if you are not in the area. Contact: Semley Reclamation on 01747 850350. Hooked on Hooks at Cost: £185.00 with FREE courier delivery to anywhere mainland UK.