Two-wood Novelty Lucet cording tool (vera peacock wood, mahogany, wenge) JtR-206

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Dating back to the vikings, lucets have been used for braiding cords and trims. Using one or more cords, many useful and pretty variations can be created. Beads and bobbles may also be added, as well as loops for buttons. If you have grey hair, you may remember this from your childhood when it was taught as "hairpin lace". Yes, it can be done on a large hairpin. Anything with the right Y shape to it can be used!

These lucets are handcrated by Jamie and made to fit the hand. The horns are gently curved so that cords are held on the lucet, but can be easily moved off hook. It's important to find the lucet that speaks to you and fits your style of cording. Some have handles, some do not. Some have holes to run the finished cord through, some do not. Whatever your preference, if it isn't in stock, Jamie can make one to your specifications.

WOODS: Vera (peacock) wood, mahogany with a center band of wenge

Jamie has used endcuts and scraps to create two-wood novelty lucets. He follows the grain and shape to first bind the two woods together, then create the unique shapes of the lucet. This is more of an artistic modern lucet than it is a historical reproduction.

Vera wood is a wonderful hardwood, that turns color as it is exposed to air. The darker veins that appear sort of brown-green in the photos will eventually be blue or green. That's why it's known as peacock wood. Mahogany was once the favorite choice for furniture making because it is so easy to work with and is so durable. It is still widely used for fine furniture. Mahogany tends to darken with age and use. The tips of your lucet or the handle of your yarn-winder should weather to a lovely darker brown with the oils in your fingers.

The center band is of wenge wood. Wenge is a wonderful, deep brown and black wood from Africa. This is a very durable wood with a faintly bitter scent to it. It is a very hard wood that is great for lucets and musical instruments. It is not on the endangered list of wood species, but it is currently listed on the Red List because of its popularity overtaking its growth. Jamie is careful to use only certified woods from reputable dealers. We want to keep on using these wonderful woods, so we need to be responsible about it. If we aren't careful, wenge can become endangered and unavailable for use for us hand-workers.

Lucets are also called: Lucette, lutal or chain fork. Some Scandavian names for this tool are: Tvinningsben, snoddgaffel, knytgaffel or slynggaffel

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We guarantee our products for normal wear and tear. If something breaks, contact us immediately. We do not guarantee against stupidity. If you do something dumb, you're on your own. Any other time, we are ready to work with you on a replacement.

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Cocobolo is now on the restricted woods list. It was one of the woods we loved the most, but we will not be able to buy it anymore. Unless we already have it, we won't be offering it. Please keep this in mind while shopping elsewhere, too. Responsible craftsmen will not offer a restricted wood item unless they already have that wood in stock. Ask your craftsman when they bought the wood and be a responsible world citizen. Over-harvesting results in the loss forever - wood, fish, birds, just to name a few things.