We talked amongst ourselves regarding the propriety of naming this post as we did. But when you woodburn a beautiful Elvish phrase onto a sweet ring, what are you supposed to name the post heralding its arrival?
Behold, an all-good no-evil stainless steel ring with an oak liner: am meleth din, it reads. Or, if you don’t speak Elvish: for her love.
It’s a beaut, aint’ it? [Insert more appropriate Lord of the Rings-related compliment here.]
Other Elvish possibilities:
Lle naa curucuar (you are a skillful bowman)
Cormlle naa tanya tel’raa (you have the heart of a lion)
Oio naa elealla alasse’ (ever is thy sight a joy) or perhaps a simple Melinyel (I love you).
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A couple of years ago, a dear client named Abigail came to us with the idea for a ring that was also a proposal. “I love you. Will you marry me?” it would say, along the inside. The ring would be rosewood, and ash, with silver inlays. Ring designed and made, we sent it out into the world. The proposal went swimmingly! We made them bands.
Recently it became clear that the engagement ring needed a refreshed design. We hopped to it! In the image below, you can see the first ring on the right, and the new one on the left. While we were at it, we refinished the bands to their original glory. (All three “in use” rings are photographed on the euro Lucky Strike box they were sent back to us in!) Peep the “Sailor Jerry” wood burning, classic Seashore’s Muse, and a beautiful and very Victorian hair-inlay with rosewood and stainless steel.
This ring is made of the wood of a bagpipe key, brought in by a couple with a particularly sweet story. Both police officers, yet strangers to each other, they found themselves at a ceremony for fallen members of the force in Washington, D.C. For it, he performed on a bagpipe, and she watched. When afterwards they struck up a conversation, they discovered that they both lived and worked in Chicago: one from the Northside (Go Cubs!) and Southside (Go Sox!); but they had never met in their own city.
Returning to Chicago, they fell in love, and by and by they came to us for his wedding band. Gustav, always looking to make custom rings as meaningful as possible, asked whether they could get a broken bagpipe pipe. They found one at the local music shop: a vintage one made of African Blackwood and ivory.
Cesar, captain of the shop and all that is good in the world, sliced a bit off, and sanded it until it was ready to be wrapped. The result is slick and classy and rich. We can’t wait to show it off to the happy couple.
Last week we had a really fun customer come by our studio in Chicago. We were walking around the shop, and looking at all the different woods we have, and we started looking at this box of just little scrap pieces of wood. Each piece we pulled out of the box was more exciting than the last. We eventually found the right piece of wood for him, you’ll see his ring below. But we wanted to share these cool pieces of wood with you!
We are so thrilled anytime anyone donates wood to our shop. It means so much to us to have so many unique and beautiful types of wood. One of the many people who has given us scrap pieces of wood is the great artist, Norm Sartories! He creates, “non-functional wooden spoons” and instead of wasting the pieces he has left over, he like to send them to us and others like us.
Gustav met with Sartorius at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Craft show a few years back and they hit it off. He sends us a few pieces every so often, and we are honored to use the pieces that Sartorius has provided us with. We hope that you see a few pieces you might like to use in your recycled Norm Sartorius wood ring. We are happy to share them with all of you out there!
If you want to read more about Sartorius, we would love for you to visit his website with the following link: http://www.normsartorius.com/index.html
Because we like to use salvaged woods for our wood rings, we are always on the lookout for new and unique wood sources. When we stumbled upon wood from white oak barrels that aged Jack Daniel’s whiskey, our interest was piqued. Jack Daniel’s crafts their own wood barrels. They char and toast the inside of the barrel to carmelize the wood’s natural sugars. The whiskey draws its rich amber color and distinctive flavor from the toasted oak. Simply Wood Rings appreciates good craftmanship. We also appreciate good flavor. That’s why we thought this would be an excellent salvaged wood choice to inlay into our stainless steel ring.
Most guys don’t wear much jewelry, if any at all. The wedding ring may be the only piece of jewelry they decide to wear. With that in mind, we offer eco-conscious rings that are hand-crafted from salvaged woods, to be comfortable and wearable for the modern man.
Wood rings are a great option for men with professions that aren’t conducive to wearing a metal ring, such as electricians (or rather too conducive). For graphic designers, our custom designs are exciting to be a part of before the production process begins. For men that want a simple band without much embellishment, our rings are natural and of the earth, and you would not believe how light they feel.
For men that do want something more durable without the wear of a wood ring, check out our stainless steel rings with wood inlays.