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Old 11-11-10, 05:17 PM   #1
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Thanks UA. You made a post about wood for making a ring so I had to try it. I made two of very different sizes. The small one is for my wife, the larger for me. I used our wedding bands and adjusted these to the same micrometer measurements for internal diameter. Sizes 5 and 7 I think. If I make more, I'll need to get a ring mandrel.

Anyway, they're made of the burl from the Erica Arbora. This is the same wood I use for making smoking pipes. These two prototypes are to see how they hold up. If they're in good shape after a month or so, I may consider making them for general sale.

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Old 11-11-10, 05:48 PM   #2
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Those look great. Nice job!
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WOW! Great job!
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do you make one in a [strike]collar[/strike] bracelet size?
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do you make one in a [strike]collar[/strike] bracelet size?
I suppose I could, assuming I can get a block of briar big enough. It would be pricey though, the wood is very expensive and blocks that big are very hard to come by (and priced accordingly). I don't think it would be cost effective. Making one out of more commonly available hardwood (ebony, wenge, bocote, rosewood, etc.) wouldn't be a big deal.

There is another wood that might work and is reasonably similar in grain. I'm looking for it now.

Found it. Amboyna burl. It's even more expensive. A block of wood big enough for a bracelet would be abour $70.
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Thanks UA. You made a post about wood for making a ring so I had to try it. I made two of very different sizes. The small one is for my wife, the larger for me. I used our wedding bands and adjusted these to the same micrometer measurements for internal diameter. Sizes 5 and 7 I think. If I make more, I'll need to get a ring mandrel.

Anyway, they're made of the burl from the Erica Arbora. This is the same wood I use for making smoking pipes. These two prototypes are to see how they hold up. If they're in good shape after a month or so, I may consider making them for general sale.

Here's the pic:


Hope you like.
They're beautiful! Let us know if you do decide to start producing more of them.
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Very nice.

But how many rings could you make out of the remains? It might not be as bad a deal as it seems.
There is that. But the cost of materials will greatly inflate the cost of the final product. Maybe $200 isn't too crazy.
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Beautiful rings. Keep us posted if you do decide to sell them.
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Those are absolutely lovely!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And yeah - do keep us informed in any future announcements of potential ring purchases!!!
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Thanks UA. You made a post about wood for making a ring so I had to try it. I made two of very different sizes. The small one is for my wife, the larger for me. I used our wedding bands and adjusted these to the same micrometer measurements for internal diameter. Sizes 5 and 7 I think. If I make more, I'll need to get a ring mandrel.

Anyway, they're made of the burl from the Erica Arbora. This is the same wood I use for making smoking pipes. These two prototypes are to see how they hold up. If they're in good shape after a month or so, I may consider making them for general sale.

Here's the pic:


Hope you like.
Beautiful! That's pretty much what I'd like to do. I'm only lacking the tools and skills! Are you wearing them? How do they feel?

Very lovey and do let us know if you decide to produce them.
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Beautiful! That's pretty much what I'd like to do. I'm only lacking the tools and skills! Are you wearing them? How do they feel?

Very lovey and do let us know if you decide to produce them.
Thanks, glad ya'll like 'em. I'm wearing mine now, and my wife is wearing hers. As rings go, it's fine. Not any more comfortable or uncomfortable than my wedding band is. However, I haven't worn any rings at all in about 15 years. So it just feels weird that have this thing on my finger. I suppose I'll get used to it eventually.

We're going to knock these about for the next few weeks and see how they hold up. They seem pretty sturdy, and the wood is certainly tough enough. There's a very strong chance that by Thanksgiving I'll be ready to make 'em for sale. Pricing is the one thing that I'm stuck on. Leaning toward $100 per, USPS Priority Mail shipping included (CONUS, Intl will be extra). They take a lot of hand work and several hours.
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Those are beautiful rings.
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Simplywoodrings, its been done. Good news though, your price is more than fair when compared to the prices at Simplywoodrings.com! ;0)

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Wow. Those came out beautiful!!
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