Thursday, March 9, 2017

What is a Bentwood Ring?

In a bentwood ring, the grain is oriented around and around, into several layers, creating a durable ring with no weak spots.
To bend wood, thin strips of wood need to be steamed to just the right temperature, then quickly wrapped around a form and clamped to hold their shape. After the wood has dried into shape, a special glue is used to glue each overlapping layer until the thickness of the ring has been formed. We typically use 5 to 7 layers to create each ring for maximum strength with a thin profile. you can view examples of bentwood rings at Robs Alaskan Woodcraft 
The way the grain is oriented along the length of a bentwood ring, the layers upon layers of wood, and the strong adhesive work together to create the toughest wooden ring possible. Think of it like building with blocks where staggering each layer creates more strength than the one layer on it’s own.
After the shape of the ring has been created, we carefully sand the wood to a polished state, cut and round the edges into a smooth, soft curve and add any inlays you’ve requested. Crushed stone or shell inlays are placed with tweezers to create maximum coverage.
To finish, each wooden ring is coated with a durable, waterproof coating. This coating is built up into five thin, glossy layers that compliment the wood grain while still sealing in all of the surfaces to make sure your ring can be worn even while washing your hands or showering. See our rings at