About Us

About Us

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.

7 Years

We made our first ring in 2012 on our dining room table. We now have a large workshop with 3+ full-time employees

6900+ Rings

We've made over 6900 bentwood rings. With every ring being custom crafted by hand, that adds up to a lot of hand-crafting experience

48 Countries

Our wooden rings have shipped all over the world to happy customers. There are Northwood Rings being worn in 48 different countries

Our story

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.  

The People Behind the Brand

Allan Hill

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.

Laurel Hill

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

Kristina Veres

Artisan Ring Maker

Holly Snook

Customer Care Specialist

Emily Hastings

Artisan Ring Maker

Katy Dolson

Artisan Ring Maker

Bailey Noland

Customer Care Specialist - Remote

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Ebony
Macassar Ebony - Southeast Asia: A beautiful dark red to black toned wood. Great with vibrant colours like turquoise or malachite.
English Oak
*We are currently using the lighter woods from our Macassar Ebony to achieve this color as Roasted English Oak that is workable for bentwood has become hard to find. Colors range from medium to dark brown and nearly black tones.
Grey Maple
Sugar Maple - Canada: We use the same maple as our regular maple listing, but achieve a beautiful greyed colour by soaking the wood in iron acetate to achieve a weathered silver look.
Santos Rosewood
South America (Brazil and Bolivia): Not a true rosewood, and the same wood as our Pau Ferro, we use the santos name to differentiate the more red tone of this wood from the yellow tones of our Pau Ferro.
Pau Ferro
South America (Brazil and Bolivia): The same as our Santos Rosewood (although not a true rosewood), we use the Pau Ferro name to differentiate the more yellow tone of this wood from the red tones of our Santos.
Purpleheart
Central and South America: Beautiful deep purple tones that range to nearly black, but show up brilliant in natural light.
American Elm
Eastern to Midwest United States: Tones range from a toasted caramel to light creamy white in the sapwood
Hawaiian Golden Koa
Hawaii: Vibrant golden tones ranging to reddish hues make this one of our customers most favorite wood choices.
American Black Walnut
Eastern United States: Walnut ranges from a pale brown to a deep chocolate brown and every shade between. Can have color casts of yellow, grey, purple or red.
Elm Burl
Western Europe: The grain in a burled tree is caused by some form of stress or injury to the tree, but creates a pattern that is beautiful to look at. Colors range from medium to dark brown with small figures of color patterns changing throughout.
Canadian Maple
Sugar Maple - Canada: Light and bright in color, our sugar maple comes from Canada and is a beautiful warm creamy white tone ranging to a light honey shade.

None of the woods we use are listed in the CITES appendices as being threatened or endangered. Macassar Ebony is listed on the IUCN Red List as being vulnerable due to a decline in it’s natural range. 

We source most of our woods from craftspeople and artisans with pieces too small for their own use. In this way we feel we can create beautiful rings without contributing to their decline.

Turquoise
Malachite
Lapis Lazuli
"Blue Mix"
Made from Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli and Malachite
Jet
Synthetic Coral
Coral Sand
Natural Sand
Mother of Pearl
Synthetic Opal