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SWR artist-owner Gustav Reyes, has worked hard to develop a construction process that is both cutting-edge and accessible. It comes directly from the combination of education (at the Art Institute of Chicago), experience (a lifetime of woodworking), and his own environmental awareness. We use a single piece of wood to create the band of the ring, so that the structure follows an uninterrupted, single-direction grain. Then it’s reinforced with an industrial strength adhesive which is nontoxic, totally inert, and has no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Our wood rings can only be made one at a time, by an artisan’s hand. We don't use metal to reinforce the wood. The wood in each ring is manipulated only to the extent that it is capable of being manipulated; its integrity is never compromised. The process works with nature’s engineering, and not against it. Our rings are designed by an artist who cares about the environment, made and supported by other creatives who care so much about what they do. It’s our mission to source materials and do business in an ethical manner in every way we can, like using lumber sourced from Horigan Urban Forestry, and using a green hosting service for our website.