PLEASE NOTE: On May 27th, ring prices will be going up. I’m continually trying to improve my rings, and these improvements take time. My most recent improvement added an entire day to each rings creation. Unfortunately I have to pass this extra work on in the form of price increases. Thanks for understanding.
Deer antler with a coffee grounds inlay.
Wood rings can be made using several methods. Those methods generally fall under one of two categories, carved wood and bentwood.
Carved rings are carved out of a solid piece (or pieces) of wood. The center of the ring is drilled and the outside is shaped either by hand or with power tools, often a wood lathe. Several methods fall under this category.
The first is a solid wood ring like the cocobolo ring below.
These rings are quite attractive, but can only be made out of very hard wood species. The end grain creates weak points in the ring, which make them susceptible to breakage from sharp blows and crushing. If care is taken while wearing these rings, they can last a long time.
Second are laminated rings. These rings are made by laminating several pieces of wood together and then carving out the ring shape. These rings can be made stronger than solid wood rings, by alternating the grain direction of each piece, which helps to eliminate the weak points. The ebony and redwood burl ring below is a good example of this style.
Third are what are often referred to as “lined” rings. Two rings are very carefully carved out of solid pieces of wood, and then laminated together with one ring inside of the other. These rings are generally turned on a lathe, due to the extreme amount of precision required to make them. Like the laminated rings, the wood grain runs in opposite directions in order to lessen the weak points in the wood. This method also allows a softer wood to be highlighted in a ring, by lining it with a harder wood, like the Redwood Burl lined with Cocobolo ring pictured below.
A final variation of the carved rings, are my very popular antler and wood lined rings. Antler is a very strong natural material that pairs well with wood. Below are two examples of antler and wood lined rings. Many more examples can be found in my Etsy shop. http://www.etsy.com/shop/UnderThePorch?ref=si_shop
Antler lined with cocobolo.
Arizona desert ironwood lined with antler.
Stay tuned for Part 2, bentwood rings.