Yesterday, I ran out of hooks while I was making a batch of drop spindles for a customer. So, I had to clean up the wood chips and bring out the wire and forming tools. Here is how I make my hooks.
- Get out the roll of stainless steel wire
- Straighten a couple feet of wire
- Grind the burr off the tip that is made when you cut the wire
- This is a little detail but I feel it is important for a high quality spindle. Nobody likes to have a burr on the tip of their hooks that catches on their fiber.
- Form the hook
- I like the shepherd crook shape. It is strong yet can be “tweaked” into position for centering the fiber
- Flatten the hook
- Cut off the hook
- Repeat steps 3-6 as many times needed
In a future blog, I’ll write about “tweaking your hooks”.