Bentwood Walnut, Turquoise and Sliver Ring

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Project by Tim Pursell posted 01-08-2013 07:31 PM 3223 views 10 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well it was a long road getting to the point I could post a ring I could be proud of, but I made it! Last summer my college age son was asking me what woodworking project have I wanted to make, but yet to master. I showed him some bentwood rings I had seen in various online postings, including here on LJ.

For all the info available online these days, we could not find a GOOD tutorial on just how to go about making this type of ring. Some broad outlines, but little in cold hard facts. So we tried this and that, tweaked and tried again. We made a whole lot of tiny firewood.

Finally a method emerged and now I can crank out high quality bentwood rings in a variety of woods, in several styles. The best part was all the time I got to spend with my son in working out all those details.


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#1 posted 01-08-2013 07:47 PM

Great job Tim.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 01-08-2013 08:06 PM

This is very nice! I really like to mix different media together to get the stone/wood/metal presentation you have here. I’ve never done bent wood before, I’d love to see a blog or something of the like on your process.

Top notch work here, Tim! you’re proud with good reason!

-- Gridlockd

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#3 posted 01-08-2013 09:43 PM

Nice work

-- Vince

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#4 posted 01-08-2013 11:49 PM

Beautiful work Tim! I agree with ~Gridlockd, would love to see more about process for making these.

-- Jeff W., Boston, MA area,

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#5 posted 01-08-2013 11:51 PM


This is great and I’d also like to see a blog on how you developed your techniques. Like you, I’ve not found much in the “how-to” vein concerning the making of bentwood rings.

Do you use a lathe?

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#6 posted 01-08-2013 11:57 PM

Nice work. Bending such thin wood requires careful attention. Well done!


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#7 posted 01-09-2013 01:01 AM

Wow, that is one beautiful ring!!! I like it!

-- -Joshuah

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#8 posted 01-09-2013 01:15 AM

I’m joining the chorus – Beautiful & let us know how you do this.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#9 posted 01-09-2013 01:19 AM

Ditto! I would like to see how you made this. This ring is awsome!

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#10 posted 01-09-2013 06:51 AM

AWESOME!!! Great work!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#11 posted 01-09-2013 07:29 AM


-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#12 posted 01-09-2013 12:07 PM

I’m especially curious about the silver inlay. I’ll second the call for a blog post if you’re willing.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#13 posted 01-09-2013 01:29 PM

Beautiful, please let us know how you do this in detail, wow.

-- Dave, from Canada,

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#14 posted 01-09-2013 03:06 PM

Very fine piece of jewelry, more precious than gold to me. Amazing work on the inlay especially on the quality time spent with loved ones.


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#15 posted 01-13-2013 04:35 AM

Wow that is one pretty ring. Very fitting of the contest!

-- Sasquatcher

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