Crackets

Some Background



What is a Cracket?



According to information available on the internet it appears that Cracket first turns up in written records in 1635. It may well have been known as a cricket, and in Scotland as a crackie stool. It is possible that it might be related to Low German kruk-stool "the moveable seats in churches for women of the lower ranks".

It is a small low wooden stool used by miners to rest their head and/or shoulders on when working lying down. Miners also sat on them as they ate their "bait" or snack.

They were made from spare bits of wood found lying around, such as bits of pit props.



Crackets were also used in the home as convenient low stools.



I have now made more than 150 crackets using a range of different woods. Although built to the same basic pattern each one is different because it is largely hand made and hand finished. The surfaces are coated with two coats of a hard matt polyurethane varnish followed by a finishing wax, making them hard wearing and allowing them to be used as tables, seats or step stools.

They can also be finished with several coats of oil giving them a smooth but not so durable finish.



All my grandchildren and those of nearly all my friends have their own personalised child cracket and I am frequently amazed by the ingenious uses to which they are put.





How big are they?





They can be made in a range of sizes but the most popular one is about 10.5 inches high with a top which is 16 inches by 9 inches. That's 41cm x 22cm x 27cm

Child crackets are smaller versions being approximately 24cm high with a top measuring approximately 35cm x 19cm.



The prices I charge depend on the size, type of wood and whether or not they are personalised

Standard ones start at £75, the smaller child ones at £70. Personalised ones take much longer to make since each letter/number is cut individually from a contrasting wood. The additional cost is £1.50 per letter/number.



Further information about crackets can be obtained by visiting www.healeyhero.co.uk/rescue/glossary/cracket.htm





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