Materials

THE WOOD

Hooked on Hooks makes coat racks, key cabinets, key boards, shelf units etc, from both new and reclaimed wood. So-called new wood may actually have been 'air-dried' for a number of years before use to help avoid problems with cracking and warping when put into a warm, interior environment. Kiln-dried woods such as European and English oak, ash, cherry, walnut and so on, is often kiln-dried to help avoid problems with drying out and moisture absorption. When available, reclaimed woods, such as vintage or antique floorboards in oak, elm and pine, offer some of the most aesthetically pleasing woods for plinths. The wood is usually stable with characterful knots, beautiful grains, and other markings picked up over time, making it perfect for characterful plinths. Over the years, wood has come from different sources, originating from such unlikely places as churches and chapels, old cottages and houses. Some of the oldest woods, dating back over 300 years, have even come from skips.     

THE HOOKS

Hooks come from many different sources, including blacksmiths and foundries in Ireland, Bedfordshire, Kent and Devon. Many hooks are hand cast or hand forged. Genuine Victorian, Art Nouveaux, Edwardian and other antique and ‘vintage’ hooks are used when available. As with woods, particular requrements can often be tracked down.