Artisan Chuck Hoover handcrafts each Hampton Heritage Knot using traditional marlinspike techniques. A long time boating and woodworking enthusiast, Chuck learned the art of marlinspike under the instruction of Don Simpson through the Watercraft Maritime Museum, Beaufort, NC. Finding most dog toys were being made outside the US, he started making marlinspike toys for his golden retriever, “Hampton Roads the Mariner”… and he loved them! So, Chuck started offering the toys at a local craft shop. Each toy is made of 100% American made cotton rope.