Tag Archives: handmade stools

Straight from the lip (6)

27 Jun


SOLD: Victorian antique pine plinth with classic English design cast iron hooks (SH0210)

SOLD: Victorian antique pine plinth with classic English design cast iron hooks (SH0210)

Dear Steve

Just to let you know that the coat racks arrived safe and sound yesterday. They are beautiful (the wood and the hooks) and we are looking forward to putting them up soon in our new Victorian house we are about to move in to. It was hard to find some coat racks which were in keeping, period-wise, and also sturdy enough for all our family’s coats – so we were very pleased to have found your website (and our 2 nice new coat racks).

SOLD: Kiln-dried French oak plinth with cast iron acorn-tip hooks (SH0139)

SOLD: Kiln-dried French oak plinth with cast iron acorn-tip hooks (SH0139)

Thank you for your prompt and personal response to my order and for delivery them so safely and efficiently.

All the best and hoping you do well with your business.

Reiki Miyoshi, West Sussex (Ref. SH0139 & SH0210)

For more information on these coat racks, or any other enquiries about handmade, bespoke coat racks, small furniture items, and hedgehog houses, contact Steve Gamblin at hello@hookedonhooks.co.uk.




Stool sample…

2 Jun
Sample/prototype stool produced in pine

STOOL SAMPLE: Sample/prototype stool produced in pine

And the finished product, slightly different in design, in French oak

And the finished product, with the design tweaked, executed  in kiln-dried, furniture grade French oak







As anyone who’s ever made anything – from a wedding dress to an engine – will confirm, there’s no better way to ensure the result than by producing a sample first. Which is why I decided to make a prototype when commissioned to make a pair of garden stools.

Wood: Kiln-dried furniture-grade French oak 

Construction: Hand-fashioned peg-jointed legs and runners

Features: Concave seat with drainage holes.  Anti-wet underfoot gliders

Colour: Blackfriars’ Light Oak wood dye

Finish: Rustins’ Satin-finish Yacht Varnish

Hours to complete: 115 (Approximately)

Cost of wood: £70.00

Selling price: £250.00 each


Hand-crafted peg jointed runners...

Hand-crafted peg- jointed runners…

Useful links:

Hooked on Hooks’ handmade hat & coat racks: http://www.hookedonhooks.co.uk/c/19/all-products

Hooked on Hooks’ website: http://www.hookedonhooks.co.uk

All handmade furniture, coat rack, and hedgehog house enquiries: Steve Gamblin at hello@hookedonhooks.co.uk




Technological meltdown…

26 May
Handmade from 18th century church pew French oak with brass acorn-tip hooks. £145.00

Hooked on Hooks’ handmade coat rack made from 18th century church pew French oak with brass acorn-tip hooks. £145.00

Have you ever felt that someone Out There has it in for you?

All right, perhaps it’s just me…

It began in February with the acquisition of a 76kg thicknesser-planer for the Hooked on a Hooks’ workshop. I mention the weight because it took the combined brawn of myself and a long-suffering friend to haul the thing up the stairs to my workshop. However,  two days of very bad language later, I was forced to confront the realisation that the machine was faulty and would have to go back.

A no-quibble replacement arrived. Yet more humping and heaving, more assembly work, more wasted days, and even worse bad language ensued. And impossible but true, the replacement machine proved to be faulty as well and also had to go back. Twice bitten, munched up, and fully digested, this time I got my money back.

Days later my computer made all sorts of whirring sounds and breathed its last. Incredibly, whilst that was in the repair shop, the  monitor on my partner’s computer threw up a wonderfully colourful mosaic, gasped, and died.

Resisting the instinctive desire to hide beneath the duvet for the next several months, I decided to visit my mother in the Home where she resides 120 miles down the road. Three minutes into the journey, my one-year-old watch spluttered and came to a complete halt. Two hours and 100 miles later, the alternator on the car went into cardiac arrest. Thankfully, despite a scary display of flashing lights – ABS, flat tyre, air bag, oil pressure, seat belt, nose bag, incontinence pants, blood pressure – I managed to limp home.

Scanning the pages of e-Bay for a good deal on a Smith & Wesson and lots of ammunition, the I-Pad went ping and in popped notification of a Hooked on Hooks’ coat rack sale. Well, that snapped me out of it. And in the words of Scarlett O’Hara, it was good to be reminded, Tomorrow is another day….

And on that note, do take a moment to check out the Hooked on Hooks’ range of handmade hat & coat racks at http://www.hookedonhooks. co.uk/c/19/allproducts. And please make a mental note that I also make hedgehog houses and small furniture items such as tables and stools. For all enquiries, contact me – Steve Gamblin – at hello@hookedonhooks.co.uk.




Straight from the lip (5)

4 Mar
Vintage pine plinth with vibrant polka dot enamel hat & coat hooks (SOLD Ref. SH0206 - £69.00

Vintage pine plinth with vibrant polka dot enamel hat & coat hooks (SOLD Ref. SH0206 – £69.00

“[The two coat racks] Got there in the end – and they look fantastic!”
Peter Keenan, Eydon, Northamptonshire (Ref. SH0198)

 “The coat rack arrived and it’s really nice. It’s not up yet but it is just the job. We will use your services again!”

Vicky Carr, Lymm, Cheshire (Ref. SH0202)

“We love the coat rack – it’s perfect thank you.” xxx

Nicola Bearman, Ashford Hill, Hampshire (Ref. SH0194)

“Hooks are up and are lovely. Just right look for our place. Thanks again.”

Kenny Grant, Hessle, Yorkshire (Ref. SH0146)

“Just wanted to drop you a mail to say how pleased we are with the coat rack we purchased from you. It’s beautiful and looks perfect in our hallway! Also wanted to compliment you on your customer service, it’s so nice in this day and age to get a personal service from someone who takes pride in their product!”

Many thanks

David Le Petit, Bookham, Surrey (Ref. SH0129)

“Thanks Steve, we love [the vintage pine polka dot coat rack]!”

Sam Burley, Upminster, Essex (Ref. SH0206)

“Thank you for the coat rack duly received – it looks truly beautiful in our new cloakroom!”

Best wishes

Michelle Ryan, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire (Ref. SH0216)

NOTE: To view any of these products, go to the Hooked on Hooks’ ARCHIVE at http://www.hookedonhooks.co.uk/c/20/archive.

Enquiries: hello@hookedonhooks.co.uk

More products: http://www.hookedonhooks.co.uk/c/19/all-products

Bespoke services: http://www.hookedonhooks.co.uk/t/bespoke

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