Wednesday, July 7, 2010

In-Stock Rings

We occasionally get calls or emails from folks who are looking for an alternative to metal wedding rings but have discovered our wooden rings only weeks before getting married.  In most cases, we are able to schedule them in and ensure everyone gets their rings on time.

The majority of our rings are made-to-order.  Some are selected from examples shown on our gallery and made to size, while others are totally custom and involve discussing design options with the customer.

To help satisfy the needs of folks who would like to buy a ring immediately, we now offer "In-Stock" rings.  These are rings which I make in some of the more common styles and sizes... and some rings I make because I'm just aching to try a new wood or design.  Either way, I thoroughly enjoy handcrafting them, and am glad to offer wooden rings that can be shipped out immediately.

Visit our Etsy shop and click "Rings IN STOCK", or...

Click here to see our current wooden ring lineup.

We'll be adding new rings in various styles and sizes each week.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Narrow Rings

One of the many nice benefits of bentwood rings is the opportunity to go very THIN or very NARROW while still maintaining durability. 

Solid or laminate-cut wooden rings must maintain a certain thickness in order to keep them from becoming overly fragile.  This is one reason why those types of rings are done in the "chunky" style.

Bentwood ring construction allows for very delicate-looking designs and gives an opportunity for contrast between his-and-hers sets.

Bentwood rings can also be made narrow, so that they protrude from the finger very little.

For more ideas on durable wooden rings, visit our website:

Friday, January 8, 2010

Mountain Ash Wood Wedding Rings

These matching wood wedding rings were made completely from a Mountain Ash tree limb, which was sent to us by a very nice Montana couple.

Contrast was achieved by using the Ash heartwood for the base and the lighter sapwood for the lining and inlay.

Here's a note we received from the new ring owners:

"It's a mountain ash tree that has been in his yard his entire life and is incredibly large and healthy--it has always been a significant tree to us and the family. It's so meaningful for us to have a connection to the actual place that we love the most through the rings that represent our love for one another. The rings will mean a lot to us, always, not only because of the significance of the wood itself, but also because of the care given in making them."

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Ancient Kauri and Topaz Ring

Stout Woodworks was recently commissioned by a very kind return customer from Florida to make a special ring.  We had previously handcrafted an Ancient Kauri band for her fiance and two weeks later, she decided to purchase one for herself.  Hers was different in that it was cut with a taper and featured a 5mm white topaz, which she mailed to us.

A recess to match the stone was carefully cut into the ring and the topaz was set using a very tenacious, solvent-free bonding agent.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Hawaiian Koa Wedding Rings for Tom and Summer

Often times the discussion of custom wooden wedding rings takes place over email or phone. We rarely get the opportunity to meet the recipients of the rings, since many of them live in other states or even overseas.

The story behind a recent wood wedding ring set is quite different.  What started out as a very kind email commending our work turned into a phone call and, ultimately, a visit to our humble little workshop by a wonderful new family from Florida.

We had the opportunity to learn the stories - and special value - behind the supplied Golden Koa and Curly Koa pieces, and even discussed which parts of the boards to cut from.  It was a privilege to have had a part in constructing these wedding rings, and for the opportunity to visit with some very nice folks!

Frank and Janna,

WE LOVE the RINGS!!  They fit great and we Love how they look.
What a beautiful job on the rings.

Thanks again so much,
Tom and Summer

Here are some pictures from the process:

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Ancient Kauri Wood

Ancient Kauri (also called "Swamp Kauri") are trees that have been buried in a peat swamp in New Zealand's North Island for many years.  The preserving properties of the swamp have kept the wood in great condition all this time.  In some cases, darker outlines on the surface of the ground indicate the location and general shape/size of the submerged trees, which are often VERY large.

Stout Woodworks is very happy to now offer reclaimed Ancient Kauri wood in our rings!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Tapered Rosewood Ring

Fellow Etsy seller, Mai (HanaPurse) , commissioned Stout Woodworks to build a tapered ring from Santos Rosewood.  This wooden ring is 15mm on top, giving plenty of surface area to show off the wood's beautiful grain and color.  It has gently-rounded edges and a comfort fit.

We really appreciated the great feedback received from Mai:

The seller is REALLY VERY kind. He answered all my questions, and made a perfect wood ring for me. I like the smooth edges, organic feel, and appearance. Amazingly a wood ring is more comfortable than metal ones. Thank you very much.

She also sent a photo of the ring being worn:

Thank you, Mai!  We hope you enjoy your new wooden ring!