While attending a craft fair Zontee and Patty came across a magnificent and unique product, Furls Crochet Hooks. They were struck by the high quality craftsmanship of these hooks which are all hand-carved. Their delicate sculptural shapes aren’t just for looks though, they are designed to be ergonomic. They also were impressed by the rich variety of wood that these functional works of art were created from. After speaking to Harrison Richards, The President and Founder, they discovered the touching story of how this company came to be…
“Stitch by stitch, she lovingly loops each length of fiber into a soft circular cap, soon to be a crocheted beanie.”
It’s 4pm on a Wednesday after school, and the last bell rang a while ago. Sitting on the front porch of his school, a 16 year old boy patiently watches his high school sweetheart crochet as they both wait for their rides home.
Stitch by stitch, she lovingly loops each length of fiber into a soft circular cap, soon to be a crocheted beanie. She’s been at it all day, and her hands are starting to tire, her stitches are getting tighter, and holding the tiny, florescent pink metal crochet hook in her hand is feeling more and more tense. He notices her straining wrists, and the small clicking sound coming from her knuckles every so often. Eventually she has to take a break, otherwise she knows her hand will cramp up. Their rides arrive, they exchange a high school kiss and go their separate ways.
She goes home and crochets. He goes home, and he can’t stop thinking about her hook. “I hate it,” he thinks. He knows that there has to be something better for her. “She deserves so much more,” he yells in his head, “she shouldn’t have to endure pain just from doing something she loves!”. He jumps on the internet, and tirelessly searches until stumbling upon ergonomic crochet hooks. These aren’t for her either: they’re all alien looking, she deserves something beautiful. She is the absolute dream of this boy and he refuses to settle for less then perfect. Armed with his dad’s blunt swiss army knife and no woodworking experience, he sneaks into his family’s garage-turned-woodshop and starts to carve. “This will be the most beautiful crochet hook on earth…no one will have another like it… and it will fit her hand perfectly,” he muses. In that tiny woodshop, as the sun began to rise early the next morning, after hours of recklessly attacking an young oak twig until it resembled a crochet hook, he had finished with her hook and Furls Crochet was born.
“This is why, years after a high school romance, every Furls Crochet hook is still made by hand, one by one, hook by hook, to exacting artistic and ergonomic standards out of the most gorgeous pieces of wood on earth.”
They say that you can tell a lot about someone by the character of their lover. We believe the same can be said for crocheters and their hooks. There is a romance between your hand and your hook that is an expression of who you are as a crocheter. This is why, years after a high school romance, every Furls Crochet hook is still made by hand, one by one, hook by hook, to exacting artistic and ergonomic standards out of the most gorgeous pieces of wood on earth. We believe that you deserve a crochet hook that is as unique and beautiful as you are.
Furls crochet hooks are now available for purchase in the Studio for $55 each!
See Harrison Richards’ interview with Laurie A. of Wheeler Crochet Liberation Front here to learn more about his products.