This beautiful hand turned crochet hook is made from Bird's Eye Maple with Tulipwood. This hook is shaped with a larger handle to relieve stress on the hand and wrist when crocheting. The hook has an Ergonomic shape that fits nicely in the hand. Because this hook is hand made there will be variation in appearance, grain and color.
This crochet hook measures 5 3/4" to 8" long depending on the size of the hook and is 3/4" to 1" in diameter at it's widest. General guidelines are sizes K 6.5mm) and smaller are 5 3/4" to 6 1/4" long. Sizes L (8mm to M (9mm) are 6 3/4" to 7 1/4" long. Sizes N (10mm) and larger are 7 1/2" to 8" long. Hooks with multiple woods tend to be to the longer side of these measurements. The reason for the variation is that each hooks is hand turned and while the standard shape, which gives the Ergonomic advantage, is maintained each hook is uniquely it's own. You can request a specific length please contact me before ordering a custom length.
Hooks Pictured are example of what you will receive. This is a hand turned hook, grains and color will vary.
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Tulipwood grows 20' to 35' high and less than 16" in diameter and the growth is slow, with trees taking as much as centuries to mature even though they are quite small. Tulipwood's heartwood is cream colored to salmon colored but dominated by stripes of red, violet, purple and rose --- generally the red streaking dominates. The sapwood is yellow to yellowish white. Heartwood color fades with age. This is a strikingly beautiful wood.
Tulipwood's name is occasionally confused with the North American tulip tree (liriodendron tulipfera), better known as yellow poplar, but the two have nothing in common, Tulipwood is a true rosewood. There is a fragrant scent reminiscent of flowers when the wood is cut.
Tulipwood ranges from northeastern Brazil as the primary source, with some coming from Central and Latin America; Brazil, Colombia, Guyana and Venezuela
Tulipwood was a favorite in French furniture in the Empire period but because of the small size and very high cost it is generally found today only in inlays, marquetry, turnery, and other small decorative fancy goods.
Bird's Eye Maple is a domestic hardwood. The Bird's Eye figure is found in heartwood and sapwood. Both can be breathtaking. The boards are from Maple logs with irregular growth. The figure resembles the figure in a burl. It contains a small "eye" like in a burl, but it is more distinct. Each eye stands out separately. Small circular or elliptical areas resembling bird’s eyes on the tangential surface of the wood, formed by indented fibers. Bird's Eye figure is caused by a stunted growth, developed during the years the tree lacked space and sunshine.
Altamira oriole (Icterus gularis) This bird is widespread in subtropical lowlands of the Mexican Gulf Coast and northern Central America, the Pacific coast and inland. They are also found in southern Texas.
Both males and females have a black mandible and throat, as well as a black back and long black tail. Wings are black. The underside is almost uniformly orange or yellowish-orange. In general, immature specimens have an olive back, and a dull yellow on its head and its body.