Restless, you begin to reach for your phone. But then you glimpse your lucet, and pick that up instead.
Industrial design / Hand crafted
MFA Products of Design, School of Visual Arts
Guidance from Sinclair Scott Smith
This Lucet was made based on the assignment to recreate an obsolete hand tool—by hand. I was particularly interested in tools traditionally used by women. I love quilting and crochet, and I recalled a tool that I had used for knitting cited as a child called a 'Strickliesel' in German. A bit of research revealed this to be a tool popularized in the mid-twentieth century, called a Knitting Nancy in English. The principle used in this implement is traced back to the lucet, a tool of Viking origin, traditionally made of whale bone.
This reimagined Lucet is made of cherry wood.
In the Middle Ages, the lucet was popularized in wood and was given a handle. Through several prototypes, I experimented with slight adjustments in size and shape and found a lyre-like shape both beautiful and comfortable to hold. My final mechanical drawings include perspective drawings as well as instructions for use.
The tool takes a bit of practice, but the technique is easily learned. You can make cord very quickly, which can be coiled into rugs, blankets, or clothing. It is also a very comfortable occupation for restless hands, demanding a bit of focus, but easily done while having a conversation.