"These wooden needles are handmade from the largest thorns of the May-tree also known as 'Crataegus'. This tree/large shrub is know for their long dangerous thorns. ... The thorns are selectively handpicked (so the tree lives on) and made into needles by hand. After making and carving the needle, the wood is protected with a little natural beeswax." she also makes knitting needles from pruning wood & crochet hooks from found twigs. very interesting!