WHY THE BENTWOOD RINGS ARE MORE DURABLE.
Bending method, which I use to create rings, is very old. It was practiced in the production of some furniture, rocking chairs, canoes, and many others. Only recently has it applies in relation to such small things like jewelry.
In wooden rings traditionally produced – from one piece of wood – there are two areas that weaken them where the end-grain is exposed and the ring is vulnerable to breaking when put under pressure. Water also increases the risk of penetrating deep into the wood.
In a bentwood ring, the grain is oriented around into several layers, so it gain stability – the ring is durable with no weak spots.
HOW IT’S DONE
With thin strips of veneer tightly wound on hot form. They are glued, hand shaped, sanded multi-stage, covered with waterproof coating and polished repeatedly. Collection INLAY requires even more work. On request, I add crushed stone, shells or metals (silver, copper) for the inlay.
BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Bentwood method requires much less wood (but more expertise and time) than standard one-piece ring. So there are no waste of material. It’s environment friendly method.