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  • Birthday 07/13/1944

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  1. With the world in lock down not much happening, but hey-ho, that's life at the moment unfortunately!
  2. No worries on that one BP. There is a thread on spinning in the Special Crochet & Fiber Techniques So I put a thread in there, but thank you for your help anyway. The metal hook is a lot easier than the way I did it and that's probably why? I think that mine looks nicer though πŸ€“ I seems there is as much variation in drop spindles as there is in the hooks 😟😟
  3. Hi ladies, I hope that you don't mind me butting in? I have been active on the Hook forum up till now and after a nose around I found this one. For those who haven't seen any of my posts I am a hobby/passionate wood turner and I have just started turning some crochet hooks I have been turning for 25 years now, but only as my hobby. I have just turned a one piece drop spindle and have been looking for some information on what they are? So, it appears that the one I have done is a top whorl? I hadn't realised there was so much to this lark! And as I didn't want a metal hook on the top I made it into the top of the spindle. Now, my question is, once I have put a small slot in the fly wheel to stop the yarn from slipping do you think that the hook will work OK. It's very easy to thread the yarn into it and using a length of green ex-army string I have given it a spin. It seems OK to me, but ??? The whole spindle is 7" long. Any ideas please ladies. I am pretty new to crochet and especially spinning and for my next trick I am trying to make a Book Charkha. It sounds like fun? My main ambition is to make a traditional spinning wheel. I've been promising myself that for years so please don't hold youyr breath waiting for photos.
  4. Thank you for the photos BP. It looks very simple and as I said, I was trying to avoid the metal top hook. Mine is all one bit of wood. That takes a bit more effort, but I think it's worth it. Plus, I like to 'tart' my stuff up a bit πŸ˜ƒ I had wondered about a notch in the flywheel. That's quite logical and I shall 'insert' one. πŸ‘
  5. The simple things are quite often so good. Shame about me though πŸ™ƒ Ash is said to be a very plain wood, but to me there is no such thing. Every piece is unique in every way. And ash has a very clear grain. If you look at the end grain it tells you where it came from. It was a small horizontal branch. A long-ish branch too. That is told because the underside was under compression and the year rings are closer. The top was stretched and the rings are wider. There's quite a difference so the branch must have had a fair amount of downward pressure at that point. If the rings are equal all round then the branch was vertical. Sorry, I'm ranting on a bit here.
  6. After making gawd knows how many hooks now I decided to try something else the spinning lady at the craft fair mentioned, a drop spinning spindle. A simple thing to turn, but the top 'hook' bit took some thinking because I didn't want to just screw a small cup hook thing in the top. Better all in wood I thought. Just working out what might work took longer than the turning. I had a nice piece of ash branch just the right size, and the result is below. I am sure that there must be some spinners here that will be able to tell me if I have this right. The only time I have seen drop spindles is at a distance or in pictures, so if you can tell me if the 'hook' on the top is OK any help would be great. The yarn goes in at the side, through 90ΒΊ and out of the centre top Then my next trick, I hope, will be to try a Book Charkha. I got the plans yesterday after seeing one on line, and that was a challenge I couldn't resist! Oh yes, I nearly forgot. A little earlier in this thread someone mentioned about the black rings on one of the hooks. There are 2 on the drop spindle. They are made very simply by making a small grove in the wood and using a steel wire, like a cheese wire, held against the groove while the wood is spinning and the friction literally burns the black line into the wood. Very effective and so simple that even I can get it right πŸ˜‡
  7. Thank you BP. I have printed off that chart and will keep it in my workshop. I will try to steer clear of knitting needles as long and thin shafts can be a real pain! All of the hooks are coated with something called hard wax oil. It dries very hard, hard and tough enough to be used on floors and a local cafΓ© in Malmesbury has done their floor with it and I used it on our pine floors too. They are then done with a microcrystaline wax. That's tough too so they should be fine. Even then they can be waxed after that at any time. It isn't like a varnish, it soaks into the wood and on larger surfaces, if damaged, can just be repaired by applying more hard wax oil. Thank you for the info though. As I said earlier I am as thick as a brick about crochet πŸ™„
  8. I really had no idea just how diverse this subject could be! The Brittany hooks are beautiful and the hook throat is quite dramatic. I had a couple of ideas about the ones I am doing and tried a couple of them. I wondered just what they would look like and think that they look quite dramatic? I used an ash and black walnut sandwich. Well, you judge? And turned them into these I was quite pleased with the results, although they didn't all behave !
  9. Thank you Terri. You lot certainly seem to be a friendly bunch 😘 By the way, my avitar is one of the better photos of me πŸ™ƒ
  10. We lived in France, near to Carcassonne, for 13 years and some of our friends there have called me an artist, but it was usually when I had a glass in my hand! Not really sure if they talking about my wood πŸ˜ŸπŸ˜•πŸ˜Ÿ I love Mikky's quote about the statue in the block of stone. I don't do the stone, but I do know it's in the wood. I had forgotten to say that the wrens on the anniversary present above are pyrography. It's a lovely way to put a picture, symbol or greeting on to wood. Our last dog, a chocolate labrador called CelΓ© was beautiful and I put her onto a nice beech platter I had done several years ago The frame for her name is the natural grain of the wood and it was perfect for her
  11. Please excuse my so called sense of humour Granny S. I am not one to take life at all seriously, just ask SWMBO , poor lady? Thank you for your comment on what I do. What ever else is is it ain't work to me. I don't look at our log pile and see a fire now. At one of the craft fairs we were at a young lad came and said "mister, how did you know that bowl was in that bit of wood?" It bought me down to earth with a bump and now I can look at a bit of wood and think "I wonder?" We now live close to the Westonbirt Arboretum, do a search on it. It's a wonderland for me. We have a membership there and go often, were there yesterday. I look at those wonderful pieces of creation and realise just how small we are! Oh, the link to my site is in my signature.
  12. Thank you ladies. It good to know that I'm at least going in the right direction. Kathy, the captive ring is quite interesting and I have lost count on how many times I have told how it's done. I I have to turn the man part, then turn a ring and soak it for 24 hours or more until it's soft and pliable. Then I have to stretch it very carefully and pull it on to the main part. And when I'm telling this to folk at craft fairs I don't normally get past the soaking it bit because I can't keep a straight face πŸ™ƒ Sorry, I just couldn't resist it πŸ˜‡ The real method is that I made a special tool to do it and it is all done in place. It is easier than iit looks, but the end product is really nice. Sorry to digress but still about captive rings. I did a Golden Anniversary for our French neighbours when we lived there. A plaque and 2 goblets with captive rings. I have also done them a few times for friends getting married. Lovely to do and always well received too. But I digress. That's too easy when I start thinking of my turning? One of the things I love about turning wood Granny S is that I never know just what I am getting until I stop the lathe. The shape, yes, but until it's stopped the grain and markings are hidden. I have been turning for 25 years now and it's still a lovely surprise! It's not a dangerous pastime though unless you try to take liberties with the wood. But I always stand to one side when doing bowls or anything like that and the next time a bit of wood flies past me won't either be the first or last time 🀯 I just love turning wood into things.. If you would like to see some of them then have a glimps at my web site below.
  13. Thank you for both your time and your patience GS (quicker that Granny S πŸ˜‡ ) Those tiny ones on the key ring look more like lock picks? Not that I know what a pick lock is like you understand 🀫 I have done some more this morning, including the 'short' one. The photo below includes the short one and I have faired the transition in more on them to make it a bit more gentle. Would this be enough do you think? The 2 yellow ones are a wood called Russian olive. A false olive with viscous spikes on it. The tree was in our garden when we lived in France and it died. Not a very friendly tree, but the horrible looking wood is beautiful inside. The dark one with the Celtic knot is black walnut with ash inserts. It has to be my favorite combination. Thank you again for your help.
  14. I see what you mean Granny S. I hadn't realised that there could be so much to a 'hook'! So there should be a more gentle transition from the shaft to the hook throat if I have read your link correctly. If that's the case that shouldn't be a problem, I hope 🀨 I had a play in my workshop this morning and a near disaster! I was turning a hook with a Celtic knot in the handle. I had almost finished it and was starting to part of at the handle end and got a catch. That stopped the handle end and as the shaft was at the live, driving, end it twisted the last inch of the shaft! I had to cut it down and re-turn the end again. It just reduced the length and I took it down from 8mm to 6mm. So now I have a short one and I'm not sure if it will be too short at 5" long? I will post a photo when I have hard wax oiled it.
  15. Hi ladies, at least I think that you are mostly ladies with not many of us blokes??? I am as thick as a brick on the subject of crocheting so please excuse the silly questions. As you may have seen, I have just joined the forum to try to find out some information on the most popular sizes and shapes of the hooks you use. I am a wood turner and have been asked to turn some hooks. A question on the form of the hooks. If you look at the 'Intro' forum you will be able to see what I have done so far, but I am not sure if it is better to leave the actual hook shaft section round or to flatten the sides where the hook is formed. I hope that you can see what I mean ? Also, is the depth of the hook sufficient or does it need to be deeper ? πŸ€” I have also been making the larger handled ones too as, to me, it is the more pleasing shape. It also fits my hand better than the parallel 'stick' shape. This is possibly because I have arthritis in my hands. I also make my pens with a shape that suits my situation too. I have seen that the shape is a personal thing and some prefer the parallel and some the larger with the tapered shaft. Would it be better for me to do a selection of both would you think? Sorry for all the questions, but I did say I also decided to have a little play and turn an 8mm hook with a captive ring on it. It should still be strong enough as the waist and the wood is beech. part is 7mm
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