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Note from shop owner Hello :) I am temporarily closing while we clean up from a small studio fire. If you have an order pending, I’ll be in touch asap. Thank you, Bonnie

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Last updated on Aug 4, 2022

Hello :) I am temporarily closing while we clean up from a small studio fire. If you have an order pending, I’ll be in touch asap. Thank you, Bonnie

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Rūd Company - born in fire, continuing in life.

In February of 2022, we experienced a fire in our workshop - at 4am, with a gas explosion blasting us awake, and chemically-fueled flames so hot that the fire extinguisher on my bench actually blew up. It was terrifying and we were lucky to escape with our lives - and thanks to my husband, with our home still mostly intact. He ran inside the house over and over, emptying extinguisher after extinguisher, until the flames were out... just 13 inches from a can of MAPP gas. The fire department arrived a whole 17 minutes later. It changed us. Forever.

The cleanup lasted months... due to the very specific nature of my business, I had to clean thousands of steel tools and dies by hand. My husband, son, and daughters helped clean every single item in our garage. We threw away moldy, water and smoke damaged items in tens of dumploads. We rescued 90% or more of our tools, but we lost our inventory from my previous businesses. As we rebuilt, slowly, deliberately, and carefully - we decided to leave behind our past success, and be born anew as a whole family effort: Rūd Company.

We are the Rūd Company - pronounced "ROOD". We are a family owned and operated business, with our company name a play on our surname, "Swensrud" (swenz' ROOD). We make artisan jewelry, accessories, and trinkets for those who must have something truly unique.

I'm Bonnie Swensrud, and my family and I proudly design, forge, and finish every item you see in this shop. I've been a silversmith for 23 years, and this business is the heart of our family. Most of our work is in soft metals like fine and sterling silver, copper, brass, bronze, and gold. We love to include natural stones and minerals, adding to the meaning and energy of our pieces. Our small shop is in the Pacific Northwest, in the shadow of the beautiful Mt. Rainier. Our work is inspired by beautiful thick green forests, abundant marine life, teeming lakes and ponds, the smell of rain, ancient petrified wood and agates, the profound experiences of everyday life, and the bounding laughter of our five children.

Each of our collections has a special story. Every member of our family is involved in our process - from the choosing of the stones from all over the world, to the design ideas, to the strength and architecture of the pieces. Every single item in our collections is one-of-a-kind - from the hand-sawing of the silver, to the rare and beautiful stones, to the hand-pressed dies made from antique hubs, the soldering of the accents, and finally to our quality mark.

Most of our work shows "Attitūd" to go with our Rūd themes... it is not for the faint of heart. We are Rūd Company - and we chose that name because our collective life experiences shine through our handcrafted items. That's why each new "drop" of designs from our workbench carries the "Rūd" title. We hope you find humor and art as well as heirloom quality. Some of our more iconic anthologies: "Resting Rūd Face", "Rūd Mama", "Rūd Rides" and "The Tao of Rūd".

When you purchase our art, you are not just obtaining a beautiful, handcrafted item - you are also receiving a piece of our story. Our heart, our energy, our effort and our family all come bundled in every piece we make. We hope you love it.

- The Swensruds

Shop members

  • Bonnie Swensrud

    Owner, Silversmith

    I'm Bonnie Swensrud, and I've been a silversmith for 23 years. This business is the heart of our family. We are Rūd Company - and we chose that name because our collective life experiences shine through our handcrafted items.

  • Sean Swensrud

    Owner, Maker

    Sean Swensrud, the head of the "Rūd" clan, helps with almost every part of the business. He is makes our shop safe, operates the hydraulic press, helps with inspiration and ideas, and most importantly, wrangles our children.

  • Natalie

    Assistant

    Natalie, our oldest, is a senior at University and a communications major. She does everything from sorting stones, to bringing me lunch, to making post office runs, and helping with design ideas. She is always there when we need her!

  • Josh

    Assistant

    Josh, our oldest son, is in high school. He helps with packaging, mail runs, running the shop, design ideas, and keeping me caffeinated. He grew up with me making jewelry all day every day, and is an important part of our team.

  • Sam

    Mascot

    Sam is the youngest of the "Rūds", and the heartbeat behind every fresh breath of life in our designs. From the funniest to the crankiest, his words have brought their very own collection, "Rūd-isms". He shines bright, like this 4th of July photo.

  • Our Family

    Makers

    Meet our family, the Swensruds - or "Rūd Company."

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Last updated on Jun 2, 2022
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

I am happy to customize your order by adding a disc or tag with personalized information. I can also stamp the back of some items. If you'd like an item similar to one pictured, but maybe in a different metal or with a different phrase, etc., just contact me. I can often accommodate! Of course, charges may apply.

Care instructions

All natural metals, including silver, copper, and brass, will naturally tarnish over time. This can easily be corrected with a treated polishing cloth, or if your item is antiqued or brushed, steel wool #000. Questions? Just let me know.

Gift wrapping and packaging

All of my items arrive in packaging suitable for gift giving. I am also happy to send directly to your recipient with a gift card, free of charge. Just let me know when you order.