Archive | March, 2013

Spotted…in Gorran Haven…of all places….

29 Mar
Spotted on a public notice board in Gorran Haven, Cornwall - a Hooked on Hooks business name card...

Spotted on a public notice board in Gorran Haven, Cornwall – a Hooked on Hooks business name card…

Lovely shot of Gorran Havenn where the mystery Hooked on Hooks' business name card was spotted...

Lovely shot of Gorran Haven where the mystery Hooked on Hooks’ business name card was spotted…

I’ll never know the who, why, and when of it, but I do know the where….This Hooked on Hooks’ business name card not only found its way to Gorron Haven in Cornwall, but somehow managed to pin itself to a public notice board as well. Clever!

Well, whilst on the subject of spreading the word about Hooked on Hooks, do take a moment to check out my handmade racks of hooks for hats, coats & scarves, brollies, dog leads & shopping bags, necklaces, bangles & bracelets….Well, you get the idea. Loads of them at www.hookedonhooks.co.uk. All enquiries at hello@hookedonhooks.co.uk.

Edwardian-era design brass hooks with porcelain finials on handmade 300-year-old elm plinth

Edwardian-era design brass hooks with porcelain finials on handmade 300-year-old elm plinth

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What women want…

28 Mar
Handmade kiln-dried, French oak coat rack with cast iron, ball-end hat & coat hooks

Handmade kiln-dried, French oak coat rack with cast iron, ball-end hat & coat hooks

This article is not really about what women want. That was just to get your attention. What it’s really about is what women and men want. And if I were to stretch a point, dogs too! Yes, I’m talking about hooks – racks of hooks. Handmade racks of hooks for hats & coats, scarves and brollies, shopping bags and dog leads, kitchen utensils, even necklaces, bracelets and bangles, and anything else made easier to find, out of harm’s way, and more aesthetically pleasing.

Think about it. Is there a home in the land – from the most modest bedsitter to the grandest house – that does not already have at least one hook? Be it for a simple tea strainer or humble dustpan and brush, I would bet everything I own that there is not a single dwelling on earth without at least one. And if there is, I’ll not only eat my hat but an entire coat rack as well.

Yes, as essential as a front door, foot mat, or fifty-inch flat screen TV (They are essential), every home needs hooks. But the sad truth is – well, as a producer of handmade coat racks it’s actually very good news for me – is that most racks of hooks look as though they were pulled from a Christmas cracker, complete with a bad joke. I have no idea why this should be – why the majority of coat racks should be utilitarian, tacky, and just plain ugly – but as anyone who’s looked at the shops will confirm, this is exactly how most coat racks could be described.

If I’m on a mission, which of course I am, it is to show that far from being a utilitarian, aesthetic disaster, something as everyday as a coat rack can in fact be a fully fledged piece of furniture that will add to the appearance of and room or hall in your home, in exactly the same way as a chest of drawers, table, or suit of armchairs.

If you are not convinced – better still, if you are convinced and have begun your search – click on the following links and see for yourself:

Website: www.hookedonhooks.co.uk

Products: For a selection of products to buy on-line – http://www.hookedonhooks.co.uk/c/19/all-products

Bespoke: Find out how to commission a product – http://www.hookedonhooks.co.uk/t/bespoke

Archive: For inspiration, scroll through pictures of around 100 sold items – http://www.hookedonhooks.co.uk/c/20/archive

Enquiries: Please contact me with all and any questions, Steve Gamblin at hello@hookedonhooks.co.uk