About Northwood

Northwood started in 2012 when husband and wife artist team, Allan and Laurel Hill, came up with the idea for a wooden wedding ring. They began with simple bentwood rings, perfecting their skills and techniques, and as the years went on they explored other materials and methods. Now, in 2020, Allan is a goldsmith and gem setter and Laurel is a certified jewelry designer skilled in computer aided design programs. 

The Owners

Meet Husband and Wife Team – Laurel & Allan Hill

Allan Hill - Goldsmith Bio

Goldsmith and Gemsetter, Allan Hill, resides on the south shore of Nova Scotia. A lifelong love of technology and figuring out how things work led Allan to invent many of the processes used in his jewelry design today. Utilizing lost wax casting techniques along with a laser welder allows Allan to create highly detailed and precise jewelry while still using natural materials such as wood in his designs. 

When he began crafting his bentwood rings in 2012 he was one of few artists using the technique. His ingenuity and inventions made him a leader in this style of ring making and Northwood Rings became a top competitor in this fast growing trend. 

In 2020 he has set his sights on leaving the competition behind by turning his skills to a marriage of gold and wood fusion rings, working with his wife to design rings using techniques and tools unique only to Northwood.

Allan Hill

Laurel Hill

Laurel Hill - Designer Bio

Nova Scotia based designer, Laurel Hill, has been honing her skills in jewelry design since 2012. First taking an interest in woodworking at a young age on her Grandfather’s farm in rural Ontario, Laurel has combined her love of nature, woodworking, and jewelry into unique fusion bentwood rings. Her work combines ethically sourced wood with gemstones and recycled gold to create modern styles. 


In early 2019 Laurel studied Cloisonné enameling with Saul Bell award winning enamel artist Sandra McEwen, and is experimenting with marrying bright and colorful enamel elements into her work alongside the warm and earthy tones of wood.

Allan Hill

Allan Hill - Goldsmith Bio

Goldsmith and Gemsetter, Allan Hill, resides on the south shore of Nova Scotia. A lifelong love of technology and figuring out how things work led Allan to invent many of the processes used in his jewelry design today. Utilizing lost wax casting techniques along with a laser welder allows Allan to create highly detailed and precise jewelry while still using natural materials such as wood in his designs. 

When he began crafting his bentwood rings in 2012 he was one of few artists using the technique. His ingenuity and inventions made him a leader in this style of ring making and Northwood Rings became a top competitor in this fast growing trend. 

In 2020 he has set his sights on leaving the competition behind by turning his skills to a marriage of gold and wood fusion rings, working with his wife to design rings using techniques and tools unique only to Northwood.

Laurel Hill

Laurel Hill - Designer Bio

Nova Scotia based designer, Laurel Hill, has been honing her skills in jewelry design since 2012. First taking an interest in woodworking at a young age on her Grandfather’s farm in rural Ontario, Laurel has combined her love of nature, woodworking, and jewelry into unique fusion bentwood rings. Her work combines ethically sourced wood with gemstones and recycled gold to create modern styles. 


In early 2019 Laurel studied Cloisonné enameling with Saul Bell award winning enamel artist Sandra McEwen, and is experimenting with marrying bright and colorful enamel elements into her work alongside the warm and earthy tones of wood.

Our Team Members

We Wouldn't Be the Same Without Them

Kristina Veres

Artisan Ring Maker

Holly Snook

Customer Care Specialist

Bailey Noland

Customer Care Specialist - Remote

The Workshop

Located on the main street of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia Canada, Northwood rings is tucked away on the second floor of a historic downtown building. From this location we meet with clients, and handcraft all of our jewelry creations. In 2020 plans are in the works to create a new showroom and workshop on the main floor of the same building. 

Our Purpose

Since Northwood’s beginning in 2012 it has always been our mission to provide the best customer service imaginable along with solid, beautiful craftsmanship in the creation of our bentwood rings at reasonable prices for our customers. 

As we grew and added employees and began needing larger supplies of material a third pillar of importance became evident to us – ethical sourcing, doing no harm, and advancing equality for all life. 

We love creating beautiful jewelry for our customers, but even more than that, we love knowing that with a little extra effort we can not only avoid causing harm to others, but help lift our community and our world towards a better future.  

Just like we won’t contribute to unfair wages or horrible working conditions abroad, we believe in fair, living wages for our employees. Not only do they deserve a wage that keeps up with inflation and allows them the luxury of meeting their basic needs, they deserve to earn enough to afford the extras, too.  Our prices reflect their craftsmanship and we pay them a living (really living) wage. 

We provide flexible schedules, time off, paid sick days, holiday time and a dignified, equal-footing work place where employees are treated like people, not production robots or expendable products.

Abuse towards our staff from anyone, including customers, is never tolerated.

In exchange, our employees are happy, healthy and ready to keep up with our promise of great customer service, and it shows.  

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