Bentwood Walnut, Turquoise and Sliver Ring

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Project by Tim Pursell posted 600 days ago 2198 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 600 days ago

Great job Tim.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 600 days ago

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 600 days ago

Nice work

-- Vince

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#4 posted 600 days ago

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 600 days ago


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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Caleb James

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#6 posted 600 days ago

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


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#7 posted 600 days ago

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

-- -Joshuah

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#8 posted 600 days ago

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

-- socrbent Ohio

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#9 posted 600 days ago

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

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#10 posted 600 days ago

AWESOME!!! Great work!

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

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

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#12 posted 600 days ago

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 600 days ago

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

-- Dave, from Canada,

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#14 posted 600 days ago

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 596 days ago

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

-- Sasquatcher

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