We made their rings during the summer of that year and were finishing their rings when our area was in full wildfire madness. It was pretty scary. Luke and Melisa and the other folks we worked with during that time were so understanding.
That's the first time I've lived anywhere where I was surrounded by raging forest fires. But we all made it through. No human lives were lost and very little human property was damaged. I know that was not true for the wildlife and birds with whom we share our surroundings, but four years on, everyone seems to have recovered from their losses ~ thank goodness. Even the forest is recovering, albeit rather slowly.
Turns out their rings are actually in lovely shape and David is refinishing them this month. Luke wears his ring less often than Melisa as he is doing tree work and wants to protect his ring ~ it's a tad snug on him too so David is doing a little resizing at the same time as refinishing their rings.
Melisa and Luke designed their rings with Black Walnut wood and offset inlays of Greyed Maple and Pietersite.
They were so much fun to work with. Melisa shares our passion for birds and photography
and she volunteers at a wildlife rehab facility where they work mostly with sea birds, but also raptors and songbirds.
I want to share a link to Melisa's website too ~ she does such beautiful work. www.melisakroening.com