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Handmade coat racks….just for you

24 Dec
Handmade Hooked on Hooks' French oak coat rack with shelf (Stock ref. SH0253)

Handmade Hooked on Hooks’ French oak coat rack with shelf (Stock ref. SH0253)

Brass acorn-tip hooks on oak plinth (Stock ref. SH0246)

Brass acorn-tip hooks on oak plinth (Stock ref. SH0246)

Just a few examples of recently commissioned, handmade hat  & coat racks from Hooked on Hooks….

Vibrant polka dot hooks on oak plinth (Stock ref. SH0255)

Vibrant polka dot hooks on oak plinth (Stock ref. SH0255)

Handmade Gothic-look coat rack in Victorian antique pine

Handmade Gothic-look coat rack in Victorian antique pine

INFORMATION: For full details of these and other handmade coat racks, go to the Archive section of the Hooked on Hooks’ website at http://www.hookedonhooks.co.uk/c/20/archive

To see coat racks for sale on-line, go to the Hooked on Hooks’ Products page at http://www.hookedonhooks.co.uk/c/19/all-products

For all enquiries please email me – Steve Gamblin – at hello@hookedonhooks.co.uk

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They’re back!

18 Apr
One of at least eight hedgehogs in a feeding station next to a Hooked on Hooks' hedgehog house

One of at least eight hedgehogs in a feeding station next to a Hooked on Hooks’ hedgehog house

Not that they ever went anywhere. Yes, spring is here and our garden is teeming with daffodils and bluebells – and hedgehogs!

Having a garden positively grunting with hedgehogs is almost indescribably satisfying. Even more gratifying is proof that our hedgehog houses work. Not only have a number of hedgehogs taken up residence in our hedgehog houses, they have gone into hibernation and come out the other side, fit, healthy and unscathed.

But despite our own personal success with feeding and housing hedgehogs, recent reports warn that at the current rate of decline, hedgehogs will disappear entirely with 10-15 years. Just pause to think about that….

Very first day in residence in one of seven hedgehog houses dotted about our Wiltshire garden

Very first day in residence in one of seven hedgehog houses dotted about our Wiltshire garden

What can WE do about it? With the two most common causes of death hunger and cold, keeping a hedgehog house in your garden and putting out food and water will dramatically raise survival rates. Currently we have seven hedgehog houses, all occupied, with tenants in waiting! And that’s before new spring litters begin to arrive. And judging by all the grunting and tussling we’ve been seeing lately, it won’t be long before our personal hedgehog population positively explodes.

Hooked on Hooks’ hedgehog houses sell for just £45.00 and can be delivered or collected if you live locally. Otherwise, delivery needs to be discussed. Just email me – Steve Gamblin – at hello@hookedonhooks.co.uk. Hooked on Hooks’ hedgehog houses are made from recycled pallets. The floor, ground runners, and tunnel floor are made from hardwood for extra durability. Runners are isolated from the floor with rubber spacers to help prevent rising damp! The removable roof is secured with anti-predator/wind-proof latches for safety.

Hooked on Hooks' hedgehog house, complete with anti-predator tunnel and waterproof roofing selling for just £45.00

Hooked on Hooks’ hedgehog house, complete with anti-predator tunnel and waterproof roofing selling for just £45.00

To see a range of Hooked on Hooks’ handmade hat & coat racks go to http://www.hookedonhooks.co.uk.

 

 

New arrival…**

17 Feb
Hand-carved recycled French oak coat rack from Hooked on Hooks (£73.00)

Hand-carved recycled French oak coat rack from Hooked on Hooks (£73.00)

Handmade hat & coat rack…

Made by: Steve Gamblin, Hooked on Hooks

Description 

Plinth: Francois Derobe, hand-carved 30-40-year old recycled French oak (former Welsh dresser decorative plinth). Length: 86.5cm. Width: 11cm. Thickness: 2.3cm. Fixing holes: 4

Hooks: Cast iron, wax coated, acorn-tip hat & coat hooks. Number of hooks: 6. Hook height: 12.5cm. Protrusion from plinth: 8cm. Spacing: 14cm

Cost: £73.00

Shipping: FREE to mainland UK

LINKS: This coat rackhttp://www.hookedonhooks.co.uk/p/278/acorn-tip-hooks-on-hand-carved-recycled-french-oak-plinth-sh0216

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

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

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

Enquiries: Email: Steve Gamblin at hello@hookedonhooks.co.uk. Telephone: 07840 634280

** Now SOLD. Please contact me for other options

And another one….(Now SOLD*)

1 Jan
Handmade, antique French oak hat & coat rack from Hooked on Hooks

Handmade, antique French oak hat & coat rack from Hooked on Hooks

…handmade hat & coat rack from Hooked on Hooks, that is…

Product: Oak hat & coat rack

Wood: Antique (120-year-old) French oak with original saw-mark textured surface finished with Rustic Pine Briwax

Design: Straight-cut ends with intermittent, four-hole cut-outs

Dimensions: Length: 80cm. Width: 8.6cm. Thickness: 1.5cm

Hooks: Traditional English design cast iron hat & coat hooks with protective wax finish

Dimensions: Height: 12.5cm. Stands out from plinth: 5.5cm

Price: £62.00

Shipping: FREE (mainland UK)

Elegant cast iron hat & coat hook on antique oak plinth

Elegant cast iron hat & coat hooks on antique oak plinth

For full details of this and other Hooked on Hooks’ products and services product go to this link: http://www.hookedonhooks.co.uk/p/268/traditional-cast-iron-hooks-on-antique-french-oak-plinth

All enquiries: Steve Gamblin at hello@hookedonhooks.co.uk

*Please enquire for replacement

Every picture…

2 Dec
Part of November's output from the Hooked on Hooks' workshop - three disparate bespoke orders...

Part of November’s output from the Hooked on Hooks‘ workshop – three disparate bespoke orders…

…tells a story. November was one of the busiest months ever for Hooked on Hooks – the pictured bespoke racks were only part of the story – with brisk sales from the website, and three special orders for hand-made hedgehog houses besides.

Cross of Cornwall coat rack: This is for a couple with a soft spot for Cornwall, and what better way to be reminded of a cherished part of the country than with a hand-painted ‘flag motif’ coat rack? For the technically minded, the paint is Farrow & Ball’s Railway Black & James White. The stunning cast iron stick pegs are a Charles Voysey design from the Arts & Crafts era.

Gothic coat rack: Quatrefoils, budded crosses, arrow-head plinth ends… this coat rack, specially made for a couple in Wiltshire, is so Gothic it’s almost a religious experience. Not quite unique, it is a virtual replica of one sold at The Gallery, Stourhead, earlier this year. Literally, there are now only two of these in existence – until someone else spots one on the internet and can’t resist placing an order.

Union Jack Peg Board for keys: Shortly to be homed on a farm in Italy (Ironically, the only two other Union Jack racks that I made also ended up abroad, in America), this particular piece took hours, days…OK….weeks to make but was worth every drop of sweat! With a hand-painted Union Jack (Farrow & Ball’s Pavillion Red, Drawing Room Blue and James White), hand carved pegs, hand-made everything in fact, this really is a personal favourite that will leave a yawning gap in my life and a nagging desire to visit Italy from time to time to check on its progress!

And if anyone out there feels inspired, I’m able to produce handmade, hand-painted coat racks, key boards, etc, with the flag of your choice.

For all and any enquiries contact Steve Gamblin at hello@hookedonhooks.co.uk. To see a range of Hooked on Hooks’ coat racks go to my Products‘ page at http://www.hookedon hooks.co.uk/c/19/all-products.  And if you can’t see anything you like, email me your requirements and I’ll give you a same-day quotation for a bespoke order.

Squatter’s rights – for hedgehogs, that is…

22 Oct
Caught on camera...a virtual lookalike of the hedgehog that stole Harley's house

Caught on camera…a virtual lookalike of the hedgehog that stole Harley’s house

Squatting – that ridiculously benign euphemism used to describe the theft of an entire property belonging to someone else – is normally associated with people, right?

Well, not in our neck of the woods – not anymore, anyway….

It’s been about a month now since Thelma & Pete, a delightful local couple, spotted a baby hedgehog in their garden and decided to adopt. Recognising that hedgehogs born late in the year will struggle to feed themselves up to hibernation weight and may not survive the winter, they took it upon themselves to take on a bit of parenting.

All went extremely well with Harley (so named because of the couple’s love of Harley Davidson motorcycles – also known as ‘hogs’, incidentally), with his body weight increasing from 500g to a promising 750g in next to no time. A Hooked on Hooks’ hedgehog house was ordered and delivered, with a view to transferring Harley from his temporary residence in the garage, into The House the following day. Determined to get it right, Thelma & Pete positioned the house with great care, standing it on bricks, avoiding direct sunlight and rain. They even scattered lots of dried leaves in the general vicinity of The House so that he wouldn’t have to put in too much legwork to furnish his new home.

The actual house that was meant for Harley, since homed in a second, purpose-built house

The actual house that was meant for Harley, since homed in a second, purpose-built house

The following day, before transferring Harley to his cosy new abode, Thelma decided to take a few pictures of The House and for no particular reason removed the lift-off roof. If you’ve ever returned to your house to find it occupied by squatters, you’ll have an inkling of how Thelma felt.  Sprawled on the sofa in front of the TV, Peroni in one hand, remote control in the other, was what can only be described as Another Hedgehog! And we’re not just talking about a casual visit here folks, we’re talking about permanent residence! In less than a day, this little prickly fellow had completely stuffed The House, quite literally to the roof, with leaves and wood shavings and feathers and moved in.Which was all fine by me – what else could Thelma & Pete do but order a second hedgehog house?

If you’d like one too, contact me – Steve Gamblin – at hello@hookedonhooks.co.uk to discuss delivery. The cost is £45.00 plus shipping.

And don’t forget to check out the Hooked on Hooks’ range of hat & coat racks, peg boards for keys, croquet mallet racks, etc, at www.hookedonhooks.co.uk

For all and any enquiries please contact me at hello@hookedonhooks.co.uk

Size doesn’t matter – but it does cost

17 Oct
Simply enormous, simply gorgeous hat & coat rack recently made for the downstairs cloakroom of a house in North Hampshire

Simply enormous, simply gorgeous hat & coat rack recently made for the downstairs cloakroom of a house in North Hampshire

In the world of Hooked on Hooks’ handmade coat racks, there’s small, medium, large, and very large – and then there’s simply enormous. Yes, I’ve made some coat racks over the past several years but the one recently completed for a sumptuous house in North Hampshire didn’t so much take the cake as woof down the entire meal. Made from a gorgeous piece of completely knot-free American white oak measuring, wait for it…three-point-five metres…the rack is fitted with an amazing 17 large brass hooks, and is without a doubt one of the largest hat & coat racks in Britain and quite possibly the entire world and known universe.

Close up of that very heavy £28.00 hook - each, that is...

Close up of that very heavy £28.00 hook – each, that is…

Now size really doesn’t matter – but it does cost. At £28.00 a throw, the hooks alone came to £476.00 (Cost to me – cost to client). And at £18.00 a metre the wood was also expensive and because the finished rack was far too large for a courier and no furniture removal company would touch it, for an additional £100.00, I delivered and fitted the rack myself (with the help of my partner). Modestly, I charged £136.00 labour, bringing the total cost to a breathy £722.00.

The result, as I think the picture conveys, is a stunning item of furniture that will last as long as the house, or longer, and solve forever the problem of what to do with all those hats & coats, scarves & brollies, dog leads & bags and other miscellaneous hangable items.

To see a range of ready-made racks of hooks, go to the Hooked on Hooks’ Products’ page at http://www.hookedonhooks.co.uk/c/19/all-products. And for the many Bespoke options that I can offer go to http://www.hookedonhooks.co.uk/t/bespoke  (They don’t all cost £722.00!). And for further ideas and inspiration visit the Archive pages at http://www.hookedonhooks.co.uk/c/20/archive.

For all and any enquiries (including information on Hooked on Hooks’ handmade hedgehog houses), contact me – Steve Gamblin – at hello@hookedonhooks.co.uk