This wonderful handmade Curly Koa Hook was hand turned by my husband on his lathe from reclaimed wood. The hook itself is bronze and the eye at the top is brass.
Koa is the largest endemic tree in Hawai‘i–the species exists naturally nowhere else in the world. It is the fastest growing of Hawaii’s valuable hardwoods. It can grow as much as an inch in diameter per year, reaching 100 feet in height, attaining a trunk diameter of 5 feet or more. It was historically the material of choice for carved ocean-going canoes. Koa wood is the most prized cabinet and furniture wood in Hawai‘i. Colors range from light brown to deep red/brown hues. Highly figured koa is sought after for use in fine furniture, musical instruments, crafts, gunstocks, and knife handles. Koa has weight and strength properties similar to black walnut.
This hook came from a piece of wood from a visit to our good friend who lives in upcountry Maui. He's an amazing old native hawaiian......in his late 70's and has tons of wonderful stories of the old days on the islands. I could sit at his knee and listen for hours. His woodworking skills and his beautiful creations take my breath away! Each year we make sure we take the time to go and visit and gather up some beautiful wood to bring home with us. He told us this particular piece of wood was really old and he collected it from the Waikamoe watershed on Maui.My sweet husband spends hours in his woodshop turning and carving with these precious "scraps". The deep rich red of this wonderful spinning tool is stunning. And I love how the shape of his hooks fit so nicely in my hand and conveniently hang on my wheel and are ready whenever needed.
I've added a hanger of various gemstones and beads. You can choose between the Earth Bead Collection which includes gorgeous earth tone gemstones and beads including several Jasper stones, Jade, Wood and Tibetan Agate. Or you can choose the Ocean Bead Collection which includes gemstones and beads in colors of the sea including Russian Amazonite, Lapis, Turquoise, Lavenderite, African Opal, Jade, Amethyst, Chrysocolla and Apatite. Hang your Orifice Hook on your wheel and keep it handy and adorn your wheel at the same time.
Finished size for the hook itself is 7 inches long x 1 1/2 inches wide. The beaded hanger can be removed if needed with the clasp at the top and adds an additional 7 inches to the overall length. The photos show the exact wood hook you'll receive but here will be some variance in the beads as is the nature of the stones but all are beautiful pieces of earth/sea colors.
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Curly Koa Wood Spinning Wheel Hook (choice of Stones)
Materials: wood, brass, bronze, gemstone beads, Curly Koa wood
Finished size for the hook itself is7 inches long x 1 1/2 inches wide