You can find a few tutorials online on it but I try to improvise whichever is easier for me. I've used plain bamboo chopstick which is cheap & available in any store in Malaysia (bought one big packet for a few ringgits only), blade, sand paper & a bit of bee wax.
Here's some photos of my handmade crochet hooks & some the materials that I've used to make them:
Here's the simple steps to make the bamboo crochet hooks:
- Draw with a pencil roughly the shape of the hook compare with your favorite one.
- Use a sharpener to sharpen the end of the stick & cut the sharp end of the stick. (This is easier way compare to use a blade to carve the rounded hook head)
- Carefully carve out the unwanted section with a blade (This might be the hard & tricky part if you are not use to carving, I did throw away some sticks after some fail attempts. Really be careful when you are handling the blade. Start a new stick if you make mistake, you may need to get use to carving it).
- After you are satisfied with the your carved hook, sand it with a fine waterproof sand paper until all the hook surface are smooth.
- For the finishing, use some bee wax balsam to make the hook shine & smooth. (you just need a bit for your handmade hook, but you can use this for your other bamboo hooks or needle available to care it)