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The best bentwood wooden ring
Bentwood Wood Inlays
Made from 100% Recycled Gold
Bentwood Wood Inlays
Made from 100% Recycled Gold
TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES & MODERN USES
Historically, wood was an easy resource to acquire, and a steambox was an easy tool for woodworkers to build, meaning that with practice and time many could learn the bentwood technique.
To make a traditional steam box a long rectangular wooden box is built, with a shelf on the interior made of dowels. A tube is then added to the box that runs from the box to a pot of boiling water set over a fire. Wood slats are rested on the dowels in the box, and the ends of the box are capped and sealed. Steam then fills the box and is given time to penetrate the wood.
Over time, the wood slats become pliable enough to use the bentwood technique to shape them. For example, the back of a chair would be created by bending a steamed wood slat around a rounded wood form and securing the wood slat with many clamps to hold it in position. As the wood dries out, the form becomes permanent.
Together, his bentwood technique and steamboxes could be used by woodworkers to build furniture for their homesteads. The strength and beauty of wood, along with the simplicity of this technique, made bentwood products widely available to most people, historically.
The reason wood can be bent this way is because of the structure of its grain. Think of a tree swaying in high winds—there is eslasticity in the wood that allows the tree to compress and stretch as it grows and sways. As wood dries out this eslasticity reduces making the wood hard but brittle if bent.
For this reason, bending wood starts by steaming or boiling wood, seeing as wet wood can bend without breaking. The thinner the piece of wood, the better it bends. Bentwood ring makers use this to their advantage by creating their rings using very thin veneers of wood that can be wetted and bent into tight spirals. The spiral is laminated together with glues, creating a strong circle with no weak spots and a beautiful flowing grain pattern.
Today, bending wood is seen as an artistic technique rather than a way of mass producing items. Modern factories filled with machines can produce kevlar canoes, and even bend wood to make guitars and rocking chairs, meaning traditional bentwood techniques are entrsuted to those that enjoy the hands-on approach of working with wood and appreciate the finer details of craftsmanship.
WHY BENTWOOD IS BETTER
If you’re considering a wooden wedding band or wood engagement ring, you may be confused by the many options available today. Ten years ago we were one of the first artisans offering bentwood rings for sale online and wooden rings were hard to find. Today, ymost large jewelry chains carry some form of wooden wedding band. They have become mainstream, as people love the beauty and warmth of wood in juxtaposition with the shiny metals traditionally worn as wedding rings.
When we started out, we experimented with many different ways of making wooden rings, but ultimately decided that bentwood was unarguably better. The rings this technique produces are stronger, thinner, and have more beauty in the pattern of the grain than their cut-out wood ring counterparts.
To understand why bentwood is better you need to know why wood bends. As explained in techniques and modern uses, when wood is wet there is an elasticity in the grain that allows the tree to compress and stretch. Without this ability a tree would snap with the slightest wind bending it in the breeze. Of course, sometimes trees do snap when forced too far by high winds, so understanding the limits of bentwood is a little bit of science blended with artistry.
The grain that allows trees to bend is great at soaking up water and transferring it up to the highest leaves making wood very porous when going ‘with the grain’. In a cut-out wooden ring, this amazing feature becomes a flaw and creates two weak areas within the band where water or pressure can cause the wood to snap.
In comparison, the spiral nature and lamination in a bentwood ring means the wood is protected from drawing in water the same way, and the ring works with the natural strength found in trees. In our opinion, it also produces the prettiest design and highlights the natural colours and pattern of the wood.
GOLD & WOOD TOGETHER
When we began making rings in 2012, we started by making fully wood bentwood rings without metal. In 2014, we began adding metal accents. Then in 2016 we started wrapping wood around a gold or silver base.
Today, our wood rings are made within a gold band. While rings made in the bentwood method are strong and lasting, they do require refinishing from time to time to seal the wood portion and allow our customers to wear their rings on a daily basis without worrying about water.
We have always offered our refinishing for free, and after 10 years we found that to honor our care policies we were dedicating a lot of time to refinishing our rings. The time it took to refinish them, and the frequency of the service, began to stop us from doing what we loved most, innovating. We felt there was a better product we could create for both our customers and for us.
We have seen over the past two years that by adding a small gold edge to our wood rings we can cut the need for refinishing to almost none. Our customers are happier, we have more time to design, and our rings are just as stylish and beautiful as they have always been. We continue to innovate new ways of working with wood and gold in our rings, and we hope to offer even more unique styles as we grow.