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Project by Michael McKenzie posted 03-19-2017 07:02 PM 1077 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

rather than post every ring I make here I thought I’d post a general project card to show just a few of the designs and varieties I’m experimenting with. Unfortunately not all of these will make the cut for the more elegant look I want at Etsy but I give them to friends and people I meet when it’s their size. If you like to see anything closer just ask. Thanks for your time folks!

-- "Ancora imparo! (Yet I am learning)." ~Michelangelo~ Inscribed on a device that represented an old man in a go-cart with an hour-glass mounted on it. Created when he was a very old man.





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ralbuck

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#1 posted 03-19-2017 07:18 PM

Nice rings!

The fingers seem to have had a shop “accident” or 2 sometime in the past.

-- just rjR

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#2 posted 03-19-2017 07:34 PM

Nice rings, I wouldn’t mind seeing a tutorial on how you make them.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#3 posted 03-19-2017 08:40 PM

Very cool
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#4 posted 03-19-2017 10:44 PM

Great job, and why limit yourself to “elegant” ? I’m sure you can find a market for the more rustic ones on ETSY too.

-- Leafherder

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Michael McKenzie

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#5 posted 03-19-2017 11:48 PM



Great job, and why limit yourself to “elegant” ? I m sure you can find a market for the more rustic ones on ETSY too.

- leafherder


I was wondering if I could open another shop on Etsy. All I need is a different email, yeah? I’ll check it out.

By The way I ended up not using any of the shots I took with this paper mache hand LOL. Too many people whose opinion I value immediately said it smacked a bit morbid / distracting / GOTH in that order. This is the least Morbid I think…just for fun I’ll add the others.

-- "Ancora imparo! (Yet I am learning)." ~Michelangelo~ Inscribed on a device that represented an old man in a go-cart with an hour-glass mounted on it. Created when he was a very old man.

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Michael McKenzie

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#6 posted 03-20-2017 12:05 AM

-- "Ancora imparo! (Yet I am learning)." ~Michelangelo~ Inscribed on a device that represented an old man in a go-cart with an hour-glass mounted on it. Created when he was a very old man.

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Michael McKenzie

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#7 posted 03-20-2017 12:08 AM

LMAO you and my friends are all right spot on. So now it’s a joke. I’m happy to say My banner now looks like this (seriously)

Thanks for all of your comments

-- "Ancora imparo! (Yet I am learning)." ~Michelangelo~ Inscribed on a device that represented an old man in a go-cart with an hour-glass mounted on it. Created when he was a very old man.

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#8 posted 03-20-2017 01:28 AM

You have! been busy. I like your esty banner!

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#9 posted 03-20-2017 05:56 AM

So cool. I love this.

-- I make bowls and spoons.

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#10 posted 03-20-2017 10:18 AM

I agree on idea to post them all together – it’s easier to compare them that way. Realy beautiful patterns.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 03-20-2017 12:02 PM

This is an outstanding collection of rings. It’s a smorgasbord of beauty, quality, and craftsmanship. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 03-20-2017 06:40 PM

Michael, I like the uniqueness of each ring. Very nice. I bet these would go over great with the Ren-Faire folks.

I messed up my knee a few weeks ago and have been unable to get into the shop for way too long. So, seeing some of your recent ring work, I decided to start making rings. I’ve got about 40 ring blanks bent and drying and will work on gluing them tonight. I did learn that as much as I like Wenge and Ebony, I could not get them to bend without splintering. What woods have you found to be best suited and which not so well suited?

-- There are rarely any mistakes made in turning, but there are a lot of on-the-fly design modifications!

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Michael McKenzie

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#13 posted 03-21-2017 01:35 AM

@ DCooksey :

try getting some pure glycerine and make a solution of 20% glycerin and 80% boiling water. meanwhile soak / steam your veneers the way you have been doing. Then lay them out and brush the solution on both side. I saturate it but I do not just soak it. Eventually they will bend but they will take maybe three times as long to dry. Using glycerine solution on wavy veneers works well too. Follow the same procedure then sandwich you veeneer sheet between two flat boards and weight it down. Allow to dry completely. This was the only way I bend a very wavy piece of birdseye maple and all of my ebony rings and Wenge as well.

I hope this helps. BTW is there a portal for ren Faires? I’m gonna go google it right now. What a great tip!

-- "Ancora imparo! (Yet I am learning)." ~Michelangelo~ Inscribed on a device that represented an old man in a go-cart with an hour-glass mounted on it. Created when he was a very old man.

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#14 posted 03-23-2017 11:01 PM

Nice rings but the hand is a little scary! :)

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Michael McKenzie

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#15 posted 03-24-2017 07:40 PM

Yes it is….this terrible marketing foible has been the topic of this thread for days now. Go ahead and REALLY trash it. It’s Okay!

-- "Ancora imparo! (Yet I am learning)." ~Michelangelo~ Inscribed on a device that represented an old man in a go-cart with an hour-glass mounted on it. Created when he was a very old man.

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