I recently found myself with way too much time on my hands. Purely out of boredom I decided to use some scraps of pine i had laying around to make a wooden ring. At that point i wasn’t even thinking of the ring being functional. I just wanted a piece of wood shaped like a ring. In completing that ring i discovered how much I enjoyed the entire process. I was inspired to make a functional ring. Due to my current status of unemployment I didn’t have much money to be spending on wood though. I decided that instead I would just go to a relatives house and trim their tree for them. I trimmed an apricot and an almond tree. Took an almond tree branch cut off about 3/4” off the end of it, Drilled the center, and began using a Dremel to shape the wood into a ring. Needless to say the current almond ring has not broken like the pine ring did. I am now looking into further polishing and buffing the ring to a semi shine. Although, I have been having trouble in this venture. Having no previous knowledge of how to do this and not having taken the time to read up on the subject I started dipping different woods into olive oil to see what it would do. I even tried buffing the wood with a mysterious unlabeled buffing agent. I later I tried using a wax which I usually use as a sealant for the joint in my bag pipes. This seemed to bring the shine I wanted but was not long lasting. It also gave the wood a strange feel to it. I am looking into creating my own polish combining beeswax, carnuba wax, and some linseed oil. Although, I must say that I do enjoy the slightly darkened stain the olive oil has on the wood.
-- "All of us were born kicking and fighting to live, but we have become used to the soft life. We have become creatures of comfort."