Hooks from Crooks


When splitting branch crooks for spoons, I often end up with a thin split from the upper portion of the crook.  Sometimes such a piece may have potential for a smaller eating spoon, but I also like to use them for wall hooks.  It is a quick and simple project; a fun diversion and also a great idea for working with kids.

Of course, a natural branch junction makes a good hook also.  Below are a couple examples from my shop walls.  The one holding my braces is an extreme natural curve.  You can’t pass that up in a brush pile.  I’ve seen photos of branch hooks folks have made with lots of funky shapes and painted colors.  Lots of creative possibilities.

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Making a hook from a spoon crook goes something like this:


The crook has already been split along the pith (the bottom of the piece in this photo). Before further carving of the piece into a spoon, I split a thin crook from the upper portion.


The flat lower portion will go against the wall. I flatten the back further with a knife. A block plane could be used as well.


After a little shaping with a knife, I drill a couple holes as wide as the screw shank, then countersink for the screw heads.

Onto the wall …

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and ready for your cap.


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5 Responses to Hooks from Crooks

  1. jgyura says:

    Reblogged this on Jgyura's and commented:
    What a cool concept of using a limb branch to create a hanger. On my list of to-dos…


  2. J. Kuhn says:

    Very clever! A good use of less than ideal split wood. Just proves a ‘clever’ mind can make ‘firewood’ aesthetically very pleasing.


  3. shaun says:

    what a cool way to make a hook! iam going to try one. thanks for the great post!


  4. Adam Peterson says:

    I dont know where I first saw these. Since then I have littered my shop with them. Hardly a more charming hook could be found. Nature triumphs again!


  5. Adam Peterson says:

    Oh, and its real easy to flatten the back if you clamp a wooden jointer plane in a bench vise and go to it.


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