This ring was very hard to make because Mother Nature has designed Bamboo to break at its cell end. This allows for the regeneration of new cells to continue the its growth. With a properly controlled double steaming, I was able to bend this Bamboo into the shape you see here.
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With just the normal care any fine piece of jewelry is given and some furniture wax. I handcraft every ring to bring out the warmth and honesty of the wood. Each ring is hand formed from wood chosen for its grain and durability. learning how to make a wooden rings has been a rewarding process of discovery which for me continues to this day. I have learned that the wood which is chosen carries more than just its physical traits but more than that the wood carries deeper meaning. Take white oak for example, sacred to the druids and the Greeks, the oak is a tree of strength, protection and durability. It represents inner fire, courage and nobility of spirit. The birch symbolizes birth and new beginnings. The Birch is feminine in nature and is used for protection, purification.
Your one of akind wooden ring will give you the warmth of knowing that the true value of a fine piece of handcrafted jewelry is knowing how much meaning it has.
One of the most satisfying things about creating art is that it can come from anything and anywhere. I have been working on some new sculptural pieces that will be listed on the site in the couple of next weeks or so. I’m excited where this work is going and where its coming from. For sometime now I have been very interested in the idea of decay. Mostly the process of decay and what it means to us as humans and how we react to it. The idea that decay carries a negative connotation is something I explored in some of the new pieces. Rust is an element that I have connected with on a visceral level. Using rust as an inlay in a wooden ring was very much an experiment with a pleasant visual outcome. I like to use materials such as rust, concrete or sand all just as precious to the soul as any gemstone. One question that I ask my self as I work is – As we walk through this life what will I carrie with me through this journey? A symbol of permanence or a visual representation if one of life’s wondrous process – decay.