If you want to learn more about us, you’re in the right place. Read to learn how we grew from a small etsy start-up to become the leading wooden ring jeweler in North America.
In early 2012, tired of not wearing a wedding ring and still stinging from an ill-received comment a friend made about not getting an engagement ring, I waited anxiously for Allan to wake up after working his night shift. I’d found our solution – wooden rings! On a small budget and with an allergy to my white gold wedding band, finding an alternative wedding ring I could wear that felt like ‘me’ had been a hard task. We’d been married for two years and I hadn’t worn my ring since our wedding day. Discovering wooden rings felt like striking gold for me. Nothing had ever felt so perfect, not even our first choice in rings.
I had grown up on my grandparents farm, lovingly called ‘Lot of Oaks’ and a ring made from oak seemed like the most romantic and perfect option – not just a stand-in or a replacement for my one-day-only wedding ring, but the ring I had been meant to have. Allan understood immediately, and he’d rarely seen me so excited by a discovery. Not only did he want wooden rings too, he wanted to make them for us, so he set out to do just that. Now, in 2019, we have three full-time employees, a large shop, and we’re making wooden rings for people around the world and we couldn’t be more in love with what we do.
A Timeline of Events: the full story of northwood's success
An account of the years and milestones by Laurel Hill
There is no such thing as an overnight success – Tory Burch
The People Behind the Brand
Founder & Goldsmith
Since his first ring in 2012, Allan has found a passion for woodworking and goldsmithing and has improved his talents at every opportunity.
In 2015 he trained with an artisan woodworker to learn the art of the lathe to create beautifully finished wooden bowls from many different woods, improving his own woodworking experience and knowledge of how to handle exotic hardwoods. Allan traveled to California in 2017 to train at a jewelry school in the technique of lost-wax-casting and become a goldsmith, working with precious metals to create our luxury line of rings.
In 2019 Allan will be training with a jeweler in Toronto to further his skill of gem-setting and learn advanced techniques to offer our customers even more in the way of their custom designed jewelry.
Allan’s ability to bring together woodworking and goldsmithing has resulted in some of the most beautiful custom jewelry. His dedication to his art form and need to always compete with himself only leads to better and better offerings from Northwood Rings.
Founder & Designer
Every element of design for Northwood likely has Laurel’s name on it. From the website, to the photographs, our packaging, and the rings themselves, Laurel has put her mark on them all.
Ever since childhood Laurel has had a love for beautiful style and a natural talent towards design. In 2012 she taught herself the basics of web design in order to be able to customize a website for Northwood Rings that customers would find both attractive and easy to use. She purchased her first SLR camera in 2013 and spent hours taking and retaking the product photos to ensure customers would be able to clearly see the difference in a Northwood made ring. In 2015 Northwood added a laser engraver to their list of tools and Laurel put her hand to designing new and interesting styles like our Laurel Leaf and Floral Vine styles.
Laurel became a certified CAD Jewelry Designer in 2018 and Northwood added a 3D wax printer to the workshop to bring those newly computer designed styles into reality. In 2019 Laurel has plans to contribute even more wonderful and one-of-a-kind designs to the Northwood collection as well as beginning a new line of jewelry under her own name.
Our Team Members
Artisan Ring Maker
Customer Care Specialist
Artisan Ring Maker
Artisan Ring Maker (training)
Customer Care Specialist - Remote