Friday, October 17, 2014

Metal/Wood = Truly/Awesome

Ask us if we prefer wood rings to metal rings, and we'll say wood every time (which should be no surprise to anyone.) However we also understand that the weight and feel of metal can feel familiar and comforting. But wood is beautiful! you protest. We agree! So here's a nice compromise, a gateway to the wild and beautiful world of wood, where nature is the best designer. 

Here's a series of metal rings with wood inlays, for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy! 

stainless steel with maple

stainless steel with oak rye barrel

stainless steel with paduak

stainless steel with dark rosewood

stainless steel with zebrawood

rosewood with silver inlay; silver with rosewood inlay

stainless steel with dark bogwood and turquoise inlay

silver with rosewood; rosewood with malachite

rose gold with walnut

Friday, October 10, 2014

John Dart + SWR = Photomagic

John Dart is an incredibly sweet man with a keen awareness for the life and noise around him, which is a great thing to have as a wedding photographer. He took photos of our work for the Chicago NotWedding last August, and here are the fruits of his labor!

All images below are copyright John Dart, and he should be given credit when you post them all over tarnation in a fit of adoration!

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Booth Photographics & SWR

Stephanie and Stephen of Booth Photographics are basically the hero and heroine of the best, smartest kind of rom-com, only in the happily-ever-after phase. The husband-and-wife team make some mighty fine pictures, and we're lucky that they pointed their lenses and careful eyes at our wares at the Chicago NotWedding in August.

All images below are property Booth Photographics, so make sure to credit them when you spread the love!

Monday, October 06, 2014

Megan Saul Photographs Simply Wood Rings!

We were so happy to work with the talented and charming photographers at the NotWedding. Here's the first of three posts showcasing their work.

First up, the energetic and delightful Megan Saul, who photographed our NotWedding ring set, plus the Sky Blue Harmony set, and a hackberry, red jasper and black pearl set inspired by our NotWedding work. 

All images below are copyright Megan Saul. If you want to repost them (and you totally should!), make sure to give her the credit. 

Else-wise credit also goes to Dame Couture, who made the beautiful black-and-white gown, and Menguin, who made sure that the groom and his men folk looked sharp in tuxedos. For more information about all of the great Chicago NotWedding Vendors, head here!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Refreshed Rings

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. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Matched Set: Moissanite, Gold, Rosewood, Birch

This matching engagement sense is classic and romantic, with a twist: moissanite, gold, rosewood, and birch. The wood burning says it all: "completely & utterly" "beyond all sense & reason." Swoon! 

This is partnership in a ring set, distilled into handmade beauty. We wish our clients the best! 

Want to make a romantic talisman of your own? Head to the Commission page to get started. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Dress Up Like You: Spalted Maple, Walnut & Silver Cufflinks

Getting dressed up is difficult for a lot of people. Maybe we'd rather wear jeans. (Today in the studio, all six of us are.) But maybe, too, the "formal" dress palette can seem limited. What you wear is an expression of who you are, or at the very least, it communicates nonverbally to those around you.

For example: Gustav wears dark framed glasses; Amanda wears bright blue high-tops. Joe wears his favorite thrift store tees. Yolanda wears shirts featuring her favorite bands; Cesar wears a green hat every day. (It's not his favorite hat. His favorite hat was some years ago eaten by an overly rambunctious Victorian bulldog named Malo.)

At Simply Wood Rings, we like to think that we offer alternatives to the usual fare. Most often, it's custom rings, but occasionally we'll make a pendant or a set of earrings. Recently, we got to make a set of cufflinks, made of spalted maple with a walnut inlay and hand-worked fine silver.

Aren't they handsome?

Interested in your own, or something else in your mind's eye?

Head on over to the Contact page, and send us an email!