Thursday, August 21, 2008

Summer skies and wooden rings

An August sunset over the meadow where Touch Wood Rings are created.
And, some summer rings ...

A matched set of wooden rings with wide bands of birch bark featuring natural birch bark markings.

Koa wood ring with a mahogany inlaid band. Lined with blue spruce.

Tapered Juniper heartwood rings with spiraled bands of golden koa and birdseye maple.

A Koa wood ring lined with Grenadilla. The crushed stone inlay is lapis lazuli. Lapis (Latin for 'stone') is known as the stone of friendship and truth, and is believed to promote honesty and ease of communication.

Another mid-summer sky over the meadow.

Eucalyptus rings with blue spruce and maple.

A Birdseye maple wood ring with a centered band of Bethlehem Olive wood bordered by two narrow bands of purpleheart wood. On the right; a purpleheart wood ring with a center band of Bethlehem Olive wood and lined with birdseye maple.

"Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend or a meaningful day." Dalai Lama

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Hawaiian Koa Wood Rings

Hawaiian Koa wood is so beautiful. It's different in every kind of light, sometimes golden, sometimes dark but always luminous with a depth of figure and grain that is almost unparalled. The golden toned wood in the purple heartwood set is Hawaiian Koa.

Here is a recent set of Hawaiian Koa Wood rings that David created for a lovely couple in Austin, Texas.

And, a little ring-related story from Alina: "I babysit a 2-year old boy Ethan (who I am training as a botanist). I see him weekly and we have awesome adventures! One day, his mom Julie was helping me pack up the stroller for our walk to the park. I snapped Ethan in to his seat and Julie gasped loudly! I thought for sure I must have caught his fingers in the buckle or something. By the time I realized he was fine and in one piece, Julie had grabbed my hand and was admiring the koa ring in the sunlight. It was an amazing reaction -- one of real awe to make her gasp. Pretty great. Anyway, my compliments to David once again. "