Putting up Halloween decorations today reminded me it won’t be long before I’ll be struggling with hanging the Christmas lights. I’m always looking for a better way to hang lights, and I think these stainless-steel loop hooks from Lee Valley look promising — a lot more promising than plastic gutter S-hooks that can pinch your cold fingers.
Think of an eye hook — now bend the tag end perpendicularly away from the shaft and squish the loop so the tag end overlaps the loop. The hook that’s left completely captures the wire, yet you can easily remove the it without backing the entire string through the eye. The loop hook can accommodate wires up to 5/16″ in diameter.
A package of 20 loop hooks will run you $13 before shipping.
Loop Hooks [Lee Valley]
If you’re going to carry a walking stick in the winter, why not carry one that doubles as a pick adz? While you probably won’t be climbing any glaciers, the pick adz can come in handy chipping ice from walkways and steps.
The handle on the Japan Woodworker’s Hickory walking stick is actually a stainless steel pick adz covered in leather sheath that also serves as a cushioned hand grip. The walking stick also sports a stainless steel tip which digs in and helps you maintain your balance on icy surfaces.
The Japan Woodworkers Mr. Trekky walking stick runs $120 plus $9 shipping.
Walking Stick [Japan Woodworker]