Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Did you know that you can give us your own materials to create your ring? Yea, really! If there's an old tree that you grew up with, a rock you found on a hike, or maybe even a baseball bat. Send it to us, we'll make a ring for you!

We find that using provided materials is always a nice surprise. Each piece of wood is different, and special. It's exciting to see how it turns out!

We don't need too much material to make a ring, if you have a piece that is 2" by 2" by 12", with the grain of the wood running the longest length, that is enough for us to make a ring!

For inlays we need a piece that is roughly a pen blank, or a table spoon, depending on the material.

So let us know what you have to use for your ring!

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Friends at Simply Wood Rings

It's always nice to put a face to the name! This was I photo I received from two if the nicest people I've ever gotten to work with!

If you have some photo's you'd like to share with us, shoot me an email!

And here's a little photo of me!

Or, if you're in the area, stop on in and say hello! We're located in the fun filled area of Pilsen, in Chicago.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Woke up this morning and Chicago Fire was filming right outside my front door. How cool! I heard some Michael Jackson playing and thought there was a block party, but it turned out to just be the crew setting up for the big shoot. I took this quick photo and thought I would share it with all of you guys.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

What wood ring will you create?

With all of the options we have for our rings, it's hard to try and decide which ring will be the best for you. Firstly, you need to decide which wood is the right wood.

We have lots of different kinds of wood, and at times out inventory my vary. Local options are always pretty abundant though!

Lovely walnut! We love walnut, whether it's light or walnut dark walnut. Walnut always seems to have a really rich color, and a good grain.

Or there's Cherry, this warm and light colored wood goes great with an inlay.

If you like something a bit more dark and red, try Juniper heart wood!

Or maybe you would choose oak. With such history and symbolism, who couldn't love the meaning and beauty behind oak.

The local woods we have here are great. Some people, however, seem to resonate more with a foreign or exotic wood. When we do get our wood, especially our exotic wood, we do our best to make sure the wood is recycled, or from a reputable source. And here are some of our favorites!

This bright beautiful red wood is really one of a kind! The color alone speaks for it's self.

Light bogwood, dark bogwood, maybe a little of both? This ancient oak from Ireland is a wonderful wood that will make a beautiful and meaning full ring full of history!

How about something with more of a natural contrast? Zebra wood should do the trick! Every ring is different, and every ring is beautiful.

Oak may have a lot of history, but not as much as this Ancient Kauri wood. This wood is 50,000 years old! The grain is like no other, the wood even has a bit of a shimmer to it.

 Rosewood, is probably our most popular wood by far. All of our rosewood comes from old and recycled xylophone keys. If you're a music lover, and like a darker richer wood, you should consider getting a rosewood ring.

Finally, there are the random, donated scrap wood pieces. Some we can identify, some we can't. So if you are looking for something really unique, that you didn't see here, why don't you give us a call! 312-590-6070

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

These are a few of my favorite RINGS!

Wedding season is right around the corner, and a lot of people out there are getting to work designing their wedding bands. But with all of those options out there, what is the right set for you? Do you stick to something traditional? Simply? Do both rings have to match? To help you think of a few idea's we thought we would share with you some of our favorite wedding bands.
First there are the matching sets.  A classic and beautiful idea, if the two of you can decide on something you both will want to wear!

Some people like to take the more free and fun route. They prefer to create rings that says something about them selves, but with a unifying idea or material between the two rings.

But no matter what you decide to do, we know you will create some rings you love!

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

America's Greatest Pastime turned into a Wood Ring

There is a lot of different kind of woods out there. And we have such a huge selection to choose from in our shop. But some of the greatest rings that we've made have come from wood given to us by our customers. Even better, when the wood has a cool story to go with it.

Recently we had someone ask us if we could make a ring using a Louisville Slugger bat! Of course, our answer was an enthusiastic "YES"

But we didn't stop there, we also made cuff links and a really cool ring box to keep it all in. I think the cuff links are really a unique touch! Who would have thought, cuff links made from an old baseball bat!

Our favorite part, however, was using that big Louisville Slugger logo for the box. It just seemed to work out so perfectly that the bat made such a cool box to hold the ring and the cuff links.

We are proud to show this set off, check out the rest of the photo's!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Norm Sartorius and Recycled Wood

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: