THUYA BURL and GABON EBONY
This crochet hook is made from THUYA BURL and GABON EBONY. 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.
The crochet hook measures 5 1/2" to 6 1/4" long and is 3/4" to 7/8" in diameter at it's widest. 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.
The hard heartwood varies in color from a glistening golden brown to a dark hue that is almost black. The Thuya wood tends to display a figure called “eyes” which are perfectly round and scattered throughout some burls, while in others they are clumped together in what appear to be islands of eyes. The figure is similar to bird’s eye maple but the overall effect is much darker and easier to discern. The wood is oily and very aromatic with an incredibly pleasing scent reminiscent of pine and black pepper.
Nearly always exported and sold as burls from the root of the tree, with plain or unfigured wood of little commercial value.
Gabon Ebony (Diospyrus Crassiflorais) a dense and heavy wood used for making a variety of items including musical instruments such as bagpipes, violin pegs, chessmen, buttons, handles for cutlery, and of course stick shafts and handles, for which a strong wood is a necessity. Ebony is one of the most difficult woods to carve given its hardness, and traditionally only master carvers were given the opportunity. Ebony trees are relatively small, and are found in the tropical rain forests of Africa, India, Ceylon, Malaysia, and Indonesia. The bark of ebony is tan and generally light in color, and the outer wood is a soft white. It is the inner portion of the tree that is fine-grained, dense, dark colored, strong and heavy, and has been prized for centuries.
Known for its jet-black color, ebony varies from deep black to dark red, with a variety of rich dark shades. Heartwood may display dramatic and irregular striping of bright brown, gray or greenish black on a deep black background. It is genetics that determines the shade, along with moisture, mineral content of the soil, and age/growth rate of the tree. Generally, the darker ebony is found at higher altitudes and from older trees. Ebony with more red tones has its origin at lower altitudes and from soil with greater iron content. Ebony is a scarce and costly wood.