I then sanded all the lacquer off, shaped the hook to perfection and sanded the entire thing smooth to 3,000 grit. Then I use nail buffers and polishers on it, and polish with micron polishing paper. At this point the surface of the hook is completely smooth. I then finish the hook by conditioning it with beeswax and coconut oil. This preserves the wood, brings out the beautiful natural colors and leaves behind no residues.
I throughly test all my hooks to ensure that they are satiny smooth, and have the best hook shape I can give them. I test them out and continue working on them until I am satisfied that the hook shape pulls thru the yarn quickly and smoothly. The entire surface of the hook is polished smooth, so it feels wonderful in your hand and has no where for yarn to snag.
The benefit of using beeswax and no lacquer is, no chemicals for those with sensitivity to smells or anything else. And there is no lacquer to wear off and leave a rough hook underneath. By polishing the bare wood to a smooth finish and conditioning with beeswax, the hook gets smoother the more you use it because you are polishing the natural surface of the wood with your yarn. That means your hook will provide you with years of use.