The Original "Bentwood Ring" by Stout Woodworks

Mississippi, United States · 3178 Sales


The Original "Bentwood Ring" by Stout Woodworks

Mississippi, United States 3178 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Ed Machado

Ed Machado on May 21, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Ring looks and fills great. Very beautiful and lightweight. I had to send it back in for a resize and they took care of me in a timely manner. I would definitely recommend a ring from them. Thanks so much.

Madison Oller

Madison Oller on May 13, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I was nervous ordering a ring from Etsy just because all wood is different so I didn't know how different it would look. But our ring was perfect! Described well and actually pictured well! So satisfied. I can't wait till our wedding day and I get to see this beautiful ring on his finger all the time :)

Shannon Richardson

Shannon Richardson on May 10, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

We love the ring! Frank and Janna worked with me to get the color we wanted. It turned out better than we hoped. I can't wait for our wedding so my fiancé can start wearing it!

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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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