Wood Ring Care

Wood Ring Care

WOOD & CARBON FIBER RINGS MAINTENANCE

Natural wood rings require more care than a typical metallic or carbon fiber ring. Each wood + carbon fiber ring we make is built on a solid carbon fiber foundation which offers greater strength than an all wood ring. This not only helps prolong the life of the ring but adds a unique visual element too.

Try to avoid activities that might compromise the finish and structural integrity of the wood. For example: exposure to chemicals, washing or drying the ring, extended submersion in water and rough treatment. We recommend removing your wood + carbon fiber ring before any heavy lifting, yard work, moving furniture etc.

Our wood + carbon fiber rings are made with a hardened epoxy so they can withstand the occasional shower and hand wash however we recommend avoiding those things as water can seep in and destroy the ring from the inside through micro cracks. We offer free refinishes on wood ring for up to 6 weeks after purchase. Depending on the severity of the blemish or fade refinishing rings can be done at home as well. Use beeswax for light blemishes and color fades. For more severe blemishes, advice, more questions, or to schedule a refinish please contact us here.

This is where classic style meets incredible strength. 

 

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Fall 2018 - Update

We've scrapped our old build style and are now fully committed to building our wood & carbon fiber rings in a way that yields rings with far greater durability, natural looks and ultimately rings that last longer than ever before. This method is sometimes referred to as "Solid Wood" or "All Wood" and it is a stark departure from the "Bentwood" style of ring making. 

Building rings in this manner takes more time, more equipment and just as much attention to detail. Bentwood rings are made by soaking wood veneer and wrapping the thin sheets of wood around a form. In our case this was a carbon fiber ring. Using glue, and finger pressure this is then bonded together oftentimes showing off the overlap where the veneer terminates. Artists can be crafty at hiding this in a ring but sometimes due to wood grain mismatch, it just isn't possible to hide. Furthermore, the glue used in this process is not very durable. Although it is beautiful for the first few weeks, maybe months, we have found they do not last much beyond a year or two. 

Enter our newly adopted and recently honed craft of all wood ring construction! For this method of ring making we take solid blocks of wood and in a process of oven baking & vacuum infusion of stabilizing resin we are able to make wood blanks that exhibit far greater durability than their original self's. These blanks then get machined to spec, then fitted to the carbon fiber ring on which or in which the design is intended. The final touch (or multiple touches) is to finish off the shaping and a final application of linseed / orange or other natural oils to the wood. 

We prefer and build our wood rings with a carbon fiber liner or shell for exponentially greater strength and longevity. 

As for continued care of our "solid wood" rings, we suggest you limit water exposure. We also understand however that is wildly impossible to do this all the time and so we further recommend you oil your ring every so often based upon its appearance though technically this should not be necessary as the infusion process mentioned above all but seals off most of the wood grains pores. It is important to note that although these rings are far greater in our opinion than bentwood made rings, they are still made of natural wood which is not known to be the most durable of natural materials. Luckily however it is one of the most beautiful and we feel we do a pretty damn good job of capturing that.