stoutwoodworks

The Original "Bentwood Ring" by Stout Woodworks

Poplarville, Mississippi · 3283 Sales

stoutwoodworks

The Original "Bentwood Ring" by Stout Woodworks

Poplarville, Mississippi 3283 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Katy Cole

Katy Cole on Nov 6, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Oh my gosh, these rings are absolutely beautiful. My husband (who is in the military) did a very casual, hippie-type wedding on a cliff in San Diego, and were thrilled when we came across these rings as a contrast to the standard gold and diamond mainstream. We had a short notice request for rings before my husband had to leave, but Frank and Janna were so wonderful from the getgo. They made the entire process stress free and answered all questions we had even when we were clueless about sizing and such. We got the rings for the ceremony, but needed to send them back for resizing and again Frank and Janna were nothing but available and willing to help in whatever way they could. We got the rings back and they fit perfectly and are still just as beautiful as before. We are so excited to sport these beauties around the town!

Katy Cole

Katy Cole on Nov 6, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Oh my gosh, these rings are absolutely beautiful. My husband (who is in the military) did a very casual, hippie-type wedding on a cliff in San Diego, and were thrilled when we came across these rings as a contrast to the standard gold and diamond mainstream. We had a short notice request for rings before my husband had to leave, but Frank and Janna were so wonderful from the getgo. They made the entire process stress free and answered all questions we had even when we were clueless about sizing and such. We got the rings for the ceremony, but needed to send them back for resizing and again Frank and Janna were nothing but available and willing to help in whatever way they could. We got the rings back and they fit perfectly and are still just as beautiful as before. We are so excited to sport these beauties around the town!

Case Hodges

Case Hodges on Nov 3, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

The Bog cypress Wood Grain looks incredible, the ring was sized to the exact finger size and ring width, and was done with the entire process start-to-finish in under a week.

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About

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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  • Frank Ladner

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    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.

  • Janna Ladner

    Curator, Customer Service, Photography, Shipping

    Being able to work from home means so much to me. I get to spend all day with my little family and be right by Frank's side, helping in any way I can.

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