Ergonomic Crochet Hooks by Nelsonwood – Art that heals your hands!

Ergonomic Crochet Hooks by Nelsonwood – Art that heals your hands!
05/18/2018 Rachel
In Gifts, Tools
Nelsonwood Crochet Pod - Ergonomic crochet hooks by Nelsonwood.

Creating ergonomic crochet hooks came as a surprise to me!  I’m a self-taught woodworker and have been building furniture for years. I started turning bowls and hollow forms a little over 10 years ago. So far, I’ve sold over 6000 pieces and they have found homes all over the world.

 

Bryan Nelson getting ready to turn some wood.

Bryan Nelson getting ready to turn some wood at his home workshop in Texas.

 

Amboyna Burl with Gabon Ebony glued - Ergonomic crochet hooks by Nelsonwood.

Amboyna Burl with Gabon Ebony, glued.

It was in 2014, after losing my full time job of 22 years, that woodworking became a full-time activity for me. My niece approached me about turning a crochet hook. Well, I hadn’t done it before but thought I’d give it a try…….

 

Angle Cut Cedar with Gabon Ebony and Tulipwood - Ergonomic crochet hooks by Nelsonwood.

Angle Cut Cedar with Gabon Ebony and Tulipwood.

I have now turned thousands of crochet hooks and the response has been overwhelming! Like my bowls, they have homes all over the world. That my wood-turning could help so many people enjoy their craft was something I never imagined.

 

A few hooks on the lathe, ready to ship. Ergonomic crochet hooks by Nelsonwood.

A few hooks on the lathe, ready to ship.

My hooks have grown from a simple one-piece wood hook to hooks that use 3 or more woods. I utilize woods that you don’t find in small turnings, especially in crochet hooks, because of their fragility. These woods include burls, spalted and cross grain.

 

Cedar Root (before) - Ergonomic crochet hooks by Nelsonwood.

Cedar Root (before)

 

Cedar Root (after) - Ergonomic crochet hooks by Nelsonwood.

Cedar Root (after)

 

The hooks I turn have an inline throat which sources say is easier to learn with and to use. I also offer a metal tip version which has a tapered throat for those who prefer that style. The metal tip hooks have the same ergonomic handle as all of the wood crochet hooks I make.

 

Hooks with Tapered Metal Hooks - Ergonomic crochet hooks by Nelsonwood.

Hooks with Tapered Metal Hooks

I never stain or color the wood all colors are natural and all are handcrafted by me, Bryan Tyler Nelson, made in the USA.

 

Solid Exotic Wood Hooks - Ergonomic crochet hooks by Nelsonwood.

Solid Exotic Wood Hooks

 

Some of the burls and cross cut hooks. Ergonomic crochet hooks by Nelsonwood.

Some of the burls and cross cut hooks.

Below are a few reviews I’ve received…….

I’m 75 and my fingers & joints hurt from having to curl around the hook. Tried the hard rubber one, ok, but not the feel I get from these wood hooks. I just finished a hat and no pain or stiffness. I LOVE THEM. Especially the large hook. I used one and I was hooked! Bought the whole set. Thank you Nelsonwood!!!
Anita C.

These are the best crochet hooks I’ve ever used! I’ve been crocheting for 21 years. I have tendonitis issues between working with my hands at work and at home so it was time to buy better hooks. With these hooks I’ve spent the whole day crocheting and the hand that holds the hook never cramps. Bryan has really thought this design out to help us out! I plan on getting every size there is in these hooks even though it will take me some time to do so. It’s worth every penny! I’d rather save my hand than to develop problems and risk losing the craft I love to do. Not to mention Bryan does an excellent job making these look gorgeous! His craftsmanship is unbeatable! I’m never buying hooks at the store again!
Kallista Fischer

Really love the craftsmanship of this hook…Absolutely Awesome work, Mr. Nelson….less tension on hands/wrist when using it…  Loved it so much I ordered a set the second time around. Wonderful ergonomic hook!!!
TJ Kollison

I ordered this set and have been crocheting for the last month with these needles. The difference with the time that I am able to put in with these needles as compared to the original Boye needles is amazing! My hands don’t cramp up and the motion in my wrist is seamless with no stress on it! The price was definitely worth it!
Keshia Grant

The craftsmanship of this item is world class! It fits perfectly in my hand. I really appreciate the larger bulb part at the top of the grip because it makes my grip effortless. I have purchased many other luxury crochet hooks and I can say these are the best. The neck of the hook is correctly and perfectly gauged the entire length. The longer length of the entire hook fits better in my hand too. And, I don’t know how he does it, but every hook is turned exactly the same as if they are supposed to be furniture legs! The consistency of his items are what drew me in. Thank you for making such a beautiful item. Please don’t stop!
Hilary Ohr

Bryan with Rabab Wereda, a customer from Egypt. Nelsonwood crochet hooks.

“Met with my new friend, Rabab. She came all the way from Egypt to pick up the crochet hooks I made for her. Had a great visit!” with Rabab Wereda.

 

The image at the top also shows the pods I make for displaying the hooks.  When not in use, they are truly an art sculpture!

I am very active on Facebook and post my works in progress there. Often people request things before I even get them listed in my online shops!

I have a good selection of all my work on both my website and on Etsy.  Click below to visit:

Website

Etsy

 

 

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