mbstickel on Jun 5, 2016
We have purchased almost 4 different kinds of metal rings since we got married 8 years ago because my husband doesn't like how they feel. He's a painter and an art teacher and uses his hands constantly. This is the first ring he has worn without an issue. He says it's light and comfortable and he loves it. It certainly helps that it's so beautifully crafted, as well! Thank you!!!
Stout Woodworks and The Origin of "Bentwood" Rings
The inspiration for making wooden rings came unexpectedly during a drawknife session.
When shaping wood with a drawknife, thin layers are removed gradually, leaving you with a pile of wood shavings and spirals. These pieces of curled wood were the initial spark to try making actual wearable wooden rings.
There were wooden rings readily available online - though mostly of the lathe-turned or laminate variety. Convinced that bending the wood, orienting the grain around the circumference, is the strongest way to make a ring, I started experimenting.
After many trials with getting the right thickness, choosing the most durable, waterproof bonding agent, and finding a finish that was both extremely resilient, yet safe for skin contact, I was happy with the result. More testing ensued, including our own water + heat + friction trials, as well as giving rings to friends and family for wear testing.
Although the technique of bending wood has been around for many years, to help differentiate our rings from the standard lathe-turned or cut-wood variety, we started calling them "bentwood rings".
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I've had an interest in handcrafting things - particularly wooden items - since childhood. Wood is an incredible material; each piece is different. I prefer to work it with traditional hand tools whenever possible.
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