AT A GLANCE
||Circa 100-year-old English oak
||Length: 118.5cm. Width: 15cm. Thickness: 2.7cm
|Number of hooks
||Traditional, cast iron 'elephant' hat & coat hooks
||Height: 14cm. Stands out from plinth: 12cm. Spacing: 16.2cm
||4 fixing screws and Rawlplugs provided
For Fitting & Care Instructions please click on the tab in the left column
All measurements are approximate
One of the things I love about oak is that no matter how rotten and gnarled the surface may be, dig, scrape, gouge, rake, and wire brush deep enough and eventually you will be rewarded with solid, pristine wood. Such was the case with this seemingly good-for-nothing-but-firewood section of English oak that originated from the National Trust's Stourhead Estate in Wiltshire. Difficult to date but the old, large brass screws that I extracted would suggest early 1900s. Yes, it's cracked, wildly gnarled and grainy, and weighs a ton, but it's as smooth as skin to touch and ready to go another couple of centuries as an utterly unique coat rack. The rich sheen, incidentally, was produced with Fiddes Oak Lightening Hard Wax Oil, which is tough enough for floors and because it resists water, ideal for a coat rack.
Perfectly suited to the rustic-look plinth is a cast iron elephant-design hat & coat hook. These are finished with Clear Briwax beeswax polish to protect the metal and to enhance the look of the raw iron.