Archive | September, 2013

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

16 Sep
Under Construction: Hooked on Hooks' hedgehouse tunnel...

Under Construction: Hooked on Hooks’ hedgehog house tunnel…

Well no, it isn’t actually. In fact it’s hedgehog house tunnel. Surely it’s obvious? If not see picture below, with tunnel in situ, complete with waterproof felt covering.

Right, now that I’ve got your attention, this is just a short message to say that in line with Keynesian laws of economics  – the one that says the greater the demand the greater the price – the cost of a Hooked on Hooks’ hedgehog house is going up from an astonishingly reasonable £40.00, to a still reasonable £49.00. Oh, and I might be throwing in a bag of Spike Hedgehog Food, as well, just to get the little prickly balls rolling.

Hedgehog house, complete with all-important anti-predator tunnel

Hedgehog house, complete with all-important anti-predator tunnel

Having taken orders for six in almost as many days, and had a request from the Gallery-Emporium at Stourhead to stock them, as much as I love the little prickly beasts, I simply cannot spend every waking moment in my workshop (one house takes two days to produce) working for less than £20.00 a day. (If you happen to know of anyone outside the Developing World who works for £2.50/hour, let me know).And just to reiterate what I’ve said before in an earlier blog, each hedgehog house is made from roughly 46 pieces of wood (that’s at least 92 cuts), held together by over 100 screws (that’s 100 holes to be drilled and 100 counter-sunk drillings as well). And of course the pallets from which they are largely made have to be hauled home from different local sources, itself a task when some of them weigh as much as a small Indian elephant. But of course before the fun bit can begin, actual construction, the pallets have to be dismantled. Now anyone can break up a pallet – the tricky bit is doing it without breaking the wood. The problem is those horrible ribbed nails, which by definition are specifically designed NOT to come out. We’re talking about lots of brute strength here….lots of bad language….

But before you all start reaching for your tissues, just as I love making coat racks, so too do I love making hedgehog houses, and if you are interested in either, here are some useful details:To read more about hedgehog houses, click through my blogs: http://hookedonhooks. wordpress.com/about/

To order or enquire about hedgehog houses and coat racks: hello@hookedonhooks.co.uk

To see my online collection of coat racks: http://www.hookedonhooks.co.uk/c/19/all-products

For bespoke coat rack information: http://www.hookedonhooks.co.uk/t/bespoke

To go straight to the Hooked on Hooks’ Home page: www.hookedonhooks.co.uk

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Hedgehog heaven…

8 Sep
Hedgehog emerging from tunnel of Hooked on Hooks' hedgehog house

Hedgehog emerging from tunnel of Hooked on Hooks’ hedgehog house

One of our rapidly growing hedgehogs, apparently not at all camera-shy

One of our rapidly growing hedgehogs, apparently not at all camera-shy

Question: What is the link between Hooked on Hooks – maker of handmade racks of hooks for hats & coats, scarves & brollies, kitchen utensils, croquest mallets & dog leads, etc – and hedgehogs?

Well, tenuous as the link may be, even a hedgehog needs a place to hang his or her hat and although even I am not mad enough to make racks of hooks for hedgehogs, I do supply them with de luxe accommodation in the form of handmade hedgehog houses.

Currently our garden has more hedgehogs than you can shake a croquet mallet at, thanks in no small part to five descreetly located hedgehog houses. Replete with waterproof roofs and dog/cat/fox/badger-proof entrance tunnels, our prickly residents have truly landed themselves in hedgehog heaven. Just tonight, armed with torches, camera and jar of tasty hedgehog food, within ten minutes we literally hand-fed no fewer then eight happy hedgehogs.

Interestingly (for us), Wiltshire Wildlife magazine has just asked us if we’d mind having our hedgehog pictures used by their magazine and website, which on top of everything, is bound to turn them all – all eleven of them – into prickly celebrities!

Real nose-in-the-trough feeding going on here...

Real nose-in-the-trough feeding going on here…

For more information on hedgehog houses, see my earlier blogs and/or contact me – Steve Gamblin – at hello@hookedonhooks.co.uk, to have one made and to arrange delivery.

And please don’t forget to look at my range of handmade hat & coat racks, racks for keys etc, at www.hooked.hooks.co.uk. (Bespoke orders welcome).

Key issue

2 Sep
The answer to almost all your problems - a handmade solid oak peg board for keys selling for just £59.00 including FREE shipping

The answer to almost all your problems – a handmade solid oak peg board for keys selling for just £59.00 including FREE shipping

We’ve all got them. Car keys (two cars, two sets). Front door keys (two sets plus spares). Garage keys. Shed keys.  Roof rack keys. And so on. Furthermore, we’ve all done it. Lost or misplaced them. Left them somewhere. Taken the wrong ones. Fed them to the dog. Or stood helplessly by whilst they were stolen by hedgehogs or abducted by aliens.

Well, kiss goodbye to all that forever with this latest edition to the Hooked on Hooks’ line-up – a peg board for keys.

Room for 10 bunches of keys on this beautifully crafted recycled oak peg board

Room for 10 bunches of keys on this beautifully crafted recycled oak peg board

More than just a place to hang your keys, this is a beautiful piece of hand-made, solid oak furniture that will last forever, turn all your keys into a work of art, and remedy permanently – except in a few isolated cases – the entire issue of lost keys. For full details of this and all my other handmade racks of hooks for coats & hats, scarves & brollies, cups & mugs, dog leads, necklaces, kitchen utensils, and croquet mallets (Oh, yes….I make hedgehog houses too), go to www.hookedon hooked.co.uk. And for any questions, advice, suggestions or bespoke orders, contact me – Steve Gamblin – at hell@hookedonhooks.co.uk.