Archive | July, 2013

Wood you believe it…

26 Jul
Beautiful, final stocks of Victorian pine and vintage oak from the soon-to-be closed Semley Reclamation in Dorset

Beautiful, final stocks of Victorian pine and vintage oak from the soon-to-be closed Semley Reclamation in Dorset

Just last week I met with the sad, distinctly disappointing news that Semley Reclamation in Dorset is closing down. Semley has had a reclamation yard as far back as anyone can remember and for the past three years has not only stocked Hooked on Hooks’ hat & coat racks, but has also been a major source for my main raw material – wood. New wood, and in particular vintage wood, salvaged from old houses and buildings throughout the area, where it has found countless uses, not least of all for many of the hat & coat racks produced by Hooked on Hooks.

Pictured above is what to the untrained eye looks like a load of old planks leaning up against a building. Wrong. This is, in fact, the last ever collection of absolutely beautiful Victorian pine, and vintage French oak floorboards that I will ever buy from Semley. The pine came from a chapel in Stalbridge, Somerset – the oak from a house renovation.

But if the ‘raw boards’ are beautiful, wait until you see what lovely handmade coat racks they make.

One of many unique handmade hat & coat racks from Hooked on Hooks...

One of many unique handmade hat & coat racks from Hooked on Hooks…

If you are thinking of having a coat rack made, don’t wait too long because 20 metres of Victorian pine and 10 metres of old French oak will disappear faster than you can utter the words, Oh, how disappointing! For more information or any other questions about this or any other wood or handmade racks of hooks, please contact me – Steve Gamblin – at hello@hookedonhooks.co.uk.

And to view the Hooked on Hooks’ website, complete with Bespoke details and online shop with over three dozen unique hat & coat racks, go to www.hookedonhooks.co.uk.

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Hooked on Hedgehogs….

25 Jul
One of four baby hedgehogs in our garden, snoozing for the camera

One of four baby hedgehogs in our garden, snoozing for the camera…

Just to follow through on a recent blog about hedgehogs and hedgehog houses, we now appear to have at least seven hedgehogs residing in our garden – a neighbour has four or five more!

The litter of three turned out to be a litter of four and we now have two hedgehog houses placed in our garden with a third and fourth planned. If only I could build them quickly enough!

After building half a dozen, I have now found an optimum design, which includes a detachable waterproof roof, waterproof entrance tunnel, and sleeping-hibernation compartment. In human terms, this equates to a fully fledged mansion apartment with full en suite facilities!

The houses can  ‘knock down’ into seven, easy-to-assemble sections (four walls, floor, roof, and tunnel) for shipping by courier to anywhere mainland UK at a cost of £8.00. (Arranged collection, local delivery, or drop-off are also possible). The hedgehog house itself costs just £40.00. Believe it or not, each house is made from 46 pieces of wood held together by 105 screws. Made from recycled pallets, this means the house is extremely robust, and guaranteed to please the most discerning hedgehog.

And if you are concerned about how to care for a hedgehog, each house comes with a full Fact Sheet explaining how best to position the house, and details of hedgehog breeding, feeding and hibernation habits and so on.  Basically, it’s about as tricky as feeding the ducks!

Hooked on Hooks' hedgehog house made from recycled wood

Hooked on Hooks’ hedgehog house made from recycled wood

To discuss orders and shipping options, please contact me – Steve Gamblin – at hello@hookedonhooks.co.uk.  And for Hooked on Hooks’ products – hat & coat racks, cup racks, necklace racks, key cabinets etc – please go to the Products or Bespoke pages of my website at www.hookedonhooks.co.uk.

We are a grandmother…

2 Jul
Mother and three young ones apparently doing well in a Hooked on Hooks' hedgehog house

Mother and three young ones apparently doing well in a Hooked on Hooks’ hedgehog house

Anyone familiar with my blogs may vaguely recall an earlier piece on hedgehog houses – produced with wood left over from coat racks and other projects about the house (See September 2012 blog page).

Well, it’s happened. Not only has a hedgehog taken up residence in the house, so have three offspring! On top of that, another hedgehog has built a nest in our compost heap, prompting me to add not one but two more houses, just to be sure no one’s left out in the cold!

Odder than odd, some ideas just cannot be spotted until they unleash themselves upon you, but I now find myself running a hedgehog house-making business alongside a coat rack-making business  – such is the demand….Well, three for our house, and orders for five more.

Hooked on Hooks' hedgehog house made from recycled wood

Hooked on Hooks’ hedgehog house made from recycled wood

Not a lot, of course. But if you would like a hedgehog house – which means doing your bit for an increasingly threatened species – the cost is £40.00. We’ll need to discuss delivery, which may add a little to the cost, if you don’t live in the Wiltshire area. Otherwise, please don’t forget to check out the online range of Hooked on Hooks handmade coat racks at www.hookedonhooks.co.uk. And contact me – Steve Gamblin – at hello@hookedonhooks.co.uk for all and any enquiries.