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Return of the prodigal coat rack

29 Mar

Victorian-era design hat & coat rack in situ in Visitor Reception, Stourhead in Wiltshire

Back in 2015 Hooked on Hooks was pleased to ‘donate’ a custom-made Victorian-era design hat & coat rack to the National Trust’s Stourhead Estate for use in their Harry’s Story special exhibition. No not that Harry – Harry son of Sir Henry and Lady Alda Hoare, the last members of the famous Hoare banking family to occupy the estate before passing it on to the National Trust.

Exhibition done and dusted, the rack has now been returned and is offered for sale on the Hooked on Hooks website. For full details go to https://www.hookedonhooks.co.uk/handmade-victorian-pine-coat-rack.

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Hooked on Hooks…Hooked on Angels

23 Oct

Question: What happens when you give French Master Woodcarver, Francois Derobe, an oak plank and leave him alone for five hours with 40 wood-carving chisels?

Answer: See pictures!

For information on the background behind this utterly unique Hooked on Hook’s angel coat rack, see my earlier blog, The French Connection, at https://hookedonhooks.wordpress.com/2011/09/.

And for details of this rack go to the Hooked on Hooks’ Products’ page at http://www.hookedonhooks.co.uk/4-hook-rack-sh0138.html. (For all enquiries contact me – Steve Gamblin – at hello@hookedonhooks.co.uk).

French Connection – SOLD

12 Nov

There’s no doubt about it, whether it’s a Caribbean island, a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport touring supercar, or yes, a hat & coat rack(!), the more unique it is – and the more expensive – the easier it is to sell.This fabulous rack, featured in an earlier blog – The French Connection – has flown off the shelf at a cost of £160.00.French Master Wood Carver, Stone Sculptor, and personal friend Francois Derobe, who was responsible for the extraordinary carving on the rack, will be back in Wiltshire next year when, hopefully, he’ll be slicing up another piece of wood for Hooked on Hooks.

Meanwhile three smaller works featuring Francois’s handiwork are still available. (See SH0018 & SH0019 on the Products page of the Hooked on Hooks website at www.hookedonhooks.co.uk).The third rack – pictured below – is for sale at The Gallery, Stourhead. To purchase the rack, which features a lovely pair of Victorian brass hat & coast hooks on a section of waney-rustic edge oak from the Stourhead Estate, visit The Gallery in person (call to confirm availability on 01747 840747) or email hello@hookedonhooks.co.uk so that I can retrieve it and forward it to you.

Don’t forget those wood carving chisels, Francois…

The French Connection

23 Sep
Angel hat & coat rack, hand carved by Francois Derobe

Angel hat & coat rack, hand carved by Francois Derobe

The more perceptive among you will have noticed one or two Hooked on Hooks hat & coat racks adorned with extraordinarily skilled and artful carvings. Whether or not you have read the blurb attached to these, each one is the work of French Master Wood Carver [and Stone sculptor], Francois Derobe. Francois is a personal friend that I originally met through my partner’s sister.

Now imagine it – the marble statue of the Virgin Mary in the French town where you live has had an arm broken off by vandals. The ancient oak panelling in your local medieval church has finally succumbed to dry rot. The city hall over which you preside needs someone to knock up a very large oval table with 14 Louis XIV chairs to match – or is Louis XV? Either way, they are very ornate and light years beyond DIY as we know it. So who are you going to call?

Why Francois, of course.

Francois working on the angel coat rack in the Hooked on Hooks workshop

Francois working on the angel coat rack in the Hooked on Hooks workshop

Very fortunately for me, it is Francois and wife Denise who arrive on our doorstep each year, car  groaning under the weight of two delightful teenage children, luggage, and yes, some very choice sections of ancient French oak – oak that only a person Hooked on Hooks would be remotely interested in.And as if that were not enough to get the creative juices positively squirting, Francois never travels anywhere without at least 20 of his 140 woodcarving chisels and only needs to hear the words, The workshop isn’t locked, to discreetly vanish, only to return half a day later, looking as pleased with himself as a puppy with a slipper in its mouth, newly carved plinth done and dusted.

Merci beaucoup, Francois… Until next year…