Here's a useful hook you can make from left-over tree branches. Use them for dog leashes, coats, hats, keys, smelly gym shoes, calendars, and many other things.
They are fun to make and give as gifts.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
Chisel (be sure to buy chisels pre-sharpened)
1/8 inch drill bit
5/16 inch drill bit
Step 2: Find a good starting branch with "crotch"
This is a good piece of a branch; it is substantial, has a good crotch, and can be split so that it can lay flat against a wall (more on that in a bit).
Step 3: Strip the bark
Use a chisel to strip off the bark.
Beware of sharp chisels and klutzy hands.
Step 4: Cut off excess appendages
If there are branchettes sprouting out of the branch other than the main hook, trim them off.
Step 5: Mark wall side for rip cut
Place the branch down on its side (the hook facing to the left or right) and mark a rough line down the side of the wall-side of the branch.
Position the branch roughly in line with the blade.
Step 6: Rip cut the wall side
Start with the saw blade at a low height (about a centimetre into the branch).
Place the table saw's fence lightly along the right part of the branch.
Use a rip stick to help to guide the branch back through the blade, and use a regular push stick to guide the branch from its end.
Complete one pass, turn off the saw, raise the saw blade another centimetre or so, and repeat.
Step 7: After finishing rip cut...
Now it's starting to look like a hook that will sit flush against a wall.
Step 8: Cut to length
Cross-cut the branch to your desired hook size. Leave the wall-side of the hook a little longer than the hook, we'll see why in a bit.
Step 9: Round off the hook
Round off the hook with a chisel or Dremel tool.