The First Steps: Choosing and Bending the WoodBefore a bentwood ring can be made, the wood will be chosen with care. The tightness of the grain, the way the wood is cut, and the hardness of the species are all considered carefully. This is so that every ring is made with the best available materials.
Next, the wood is cut into long thin strips following the grain. This is so that the wood is easier to work with. The straighter the grain, the easier the wood will bend.
The wood pieces are then steamed and curled around a form and left to set. After partially dried, the wood is removed from the forms and set aside to dry fully.
Construction: The Bentwood RingWhen a new order is received we create an order tag for the requested ring. This ensures that all of the details of your bentwood ring are easily seen by the artisans in our shop. The wood is selected based on your requested style and the construction process begins.
The bentwood curl is slightly dampened and wrapped around a form in the right ring size. This tightens the curl further and makes it ready to take its final form as a bentwood ring. The curl is again left to dry. Finally, the curl will be wrapped and adhered into a tight spiral of four to five layers. These layers of wood grain going around each other is what adds strength to a bentwood ring.
Eventually the excess wood is shaved off, and the wrap is shaped and smoothed into something looking more like a ring.
Adding Personality: Inlays and Other ChangesIn this next step the wooden wraps become the bentwood rings they are meant to be. Inlays of stone, wood, sand, or shell are added to the basic wooden form to bring it to life.
If you order a gold base ring, your inlay may already be attached, otherwise all of the little details are added at this stage.
Every inlay is done by hand for the best effect. Small chips and shells, like our mother of pearl, are placed piece-by-piece like a miniature puzzle for the best shine and fit of the tiny little line.
A ring filled with the customer’s own sand is shown off to the side. The excess will be sanded away to leave a beautiful offset inlay with a personal story for the customer.
Finishing: The Perfect Ring Needs The Perfect FinishWe coat our rings using a crystal clear, waterproof finish. This coating is applied thinly over eight times in order to build up a shiny, protective outer shell. This process takes several days as each thin coat is added and allowed to thoroughly cure.
We’ve been making and finishing bentwood rings since 2012. As a result, we’ve created the perfect finish. The finish we use is hard enough to protect your bentwood ring, but just a little flexible to keep it from breaking up as the wood ages.
We know our finish is the best available option to complement our hand-crafted wood rings.
Our own custom-built machine, seen in the image, ensures that each coat dries evenly as it cures for the perfect result.
Polishing: Handled With CareWith so much effort put into every step of the bentwood ring process, the polishing has to be just as good. This means that every wooden ring is carefully polished by hand following a methodical process.
If imperfections are spotted in the finish we’ll strip the ring back down to the wood and start all over if needed. Our philosophy is: If we wouldn’t give the ring to our own family, we won’t send it out to you.
We know you’re expecting top craftsmanship from us, and that’s what you’ll receive every time.