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Featured Shop: Wedgewood Rings

Jun 15, 2015

by Steven Wyatt

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

I am Steven Wyatt, and my shop is called Wedgewood Rings. I make unique rings from some of the most extraordinary woods in the world. Design, construction, customer service, pictures and packing – I do it all from my home in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

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I’ve been making wooden rings for about six years, though I’ve been slowly nursing an obsession with wood and other natural materials my entire life. My first rings were just for personal use – they were made of found wood, and I carved them using only a Leatherman knife and sandpaper. Having no background in woodworking or any other craft, I could hardly imagine at the time that I would soon be making my living with considerably more sophisticated equipment, metals, and a vast array of fine woods. Then three years ago, while ostensibly toiling away on a Ph.D. dissertation, I decided to start Wedgewood Rings.

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In the beginning, I had no intention of making a business (or a living!) out of Wedgewood Rings. I have a bit of an obsession with rare woods, and they can really break the bank; when I was starting out, my intentions for the shop were purely to fund the purchase of more expensive, more exotic woods. Soon, it became obvious that Wedgewood Rings was going to be a brighter future for me than academia, in terms of both personal satisfaction and financials. Since then, I’ve tinkered with new equipment and refined my technique. I’m lucky to have retained all my fingers in the process.

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Every ring I make is first and foremost a wooden product, because wood is my passion. Every piece has a story to tell; for some woods, the story is visual – the grain and its patterns speak of the life of a tree, for example. Other woods, like the oak of a used bourbon barrel, or teak from the deck of the USS North Carolina, have an intrinsic history and meaning to the wearer, independent of their appearance. I love using materials that have meaning to my customers. My favorite custom projects involve wood that a buyer sends to me: wood from a family farm, a barn beam, a rifle stock, a skateboard – it is exciting to create a piece with particular sentimental value.

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To me, Etsy is freedom: freedom from a conventional job and freedom from borders. It is so rewarding to check another state or country off the list of places I’ve sent rings. My plan for the future is to continue introducing new materials and designs, including new metal, stone, and, of course, wood. No matter what, I will be making things; if I am lucky, people will sometimes buy them. I am truly blessed to work on my own terms, surround myself with the materials I love on a daily basis, and to have this amazing platform to present the results to the world.

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Gibeon Meteorite and Yellow Gold Ring
Gibeon Meteorite and Yellow Gold Ring
WedgewoodRings
$1,350.00 USD
USS North Carolina Deck Teak and Cobalt Wood Ring
USS North Carolina Deck Teak and Cobalt Wood Ring
WedgewoodRings
$395.00 USD
Hawaiian Koa Gold and Wood Ring
Hawaiian Koa Gold and Wood Ring
WedgewoodRings
$900.00 USD
Damascus Titanium Mokume-Ti Ring
Damascus Titanium Mokume-Ti Ring
WedgewoodRings
$315.00 USD
Black Ceramic Ring with Spalted Tamarind
Black Ceramic Ring with Spalted Tamarind
WedgewoodRings
$405.00 USD
Damascus Steel and Wood Ring -Kingwood Rosewood Wooden Ring Damascus Steel Ring
Damascus Steel and Wood Ring -Kingwood Rosewood Wooden Ring Damascus Steel Ring
WedgewoodRings
$545.00 USD
Tungsten Carbide Ring with Exhibition Grade Hawaiian Koa
Tungsten Carbide Ring with Exhibition Grade Hawaiian Koa
WedgewoodRings
$395.00 USD
African Blackwood Wooden Ring and Baltic Amber Deconstructed Titanium Ring
African Blackwood Wooden Ring and Baltic Amber Deconstructed Titanium Ring
WedgewoodRings
$345.00 USD
Damascus Steel and Wood Ring - Arizona Desert Ironwood Burl Wooden Ring Damascus Steel Ring
Damascus Steel and Wood Ring - Arizona Desert Ironwood Burl Wooden Ring Damascus Steel Ring
WedgewoodRings
$415.00 USD
Diamond Inlay Black Zirconium Wood Ring Lined with Ancient Russian Bog Oak
Diamond Inlay Black Zirconium Wood Ring Lined with Ancient Russian Bog Oak
WedgewoodRings
$455.00 USD
Damascus Titanium Mokume-Ti Double Channel Ring
Damascus Titanium Mokume-Ti Double Channel Ring
WedgewoodRings
$315.00 USD
Scotch Barrel Wood Ring - Sandblasted Black Zirconium
Scotch Barrel Wood Ring - Sandblasted Black Zirconium
WedgewoodRings
$395.00 USD
Silver Pinstripe Wooden Ring with Titanium and Bethlehem Olivewood
Silver Pinstripe Wooden Ring with Titanium and Bethlehem Olivewood
WedgewoodRings
$345.00 USD
Cobalt Wooden Ring Lined with Japanese Sugi Cedar
Cobalt Wooden Ring Lined with Japanese Sugi Cedar
WedgewoodRings
$395.00 USD
Black Zirconium Wooden Ring Lined with Grey Spalted Maple
Black Zirconium Wooden Ring Lined with Grey Spalted Maple
WedgewoodRings
$395.00 USD
Cobalt Mokume-gane Whiskey Barrel Oak Wooden Ring
Cobalt Mokume-gane Whiskey Barrel Oak Wooden Ring
WedgewoodRings
$565.00 USD
Diamond Inlay Black Zirconium Wood Ring Lined with Macassar Ebony
Diamond Inlay Black Zirconium Wood Ring Lined with Macassar Ebony
WedgewoodRings
$455.00 USD
Wood Ring Lined with Bourbon Barrel White Oak Wooden Ring - Hammered Cobalt
Wood Ring Lined with Bourbon Barrel White Oak Wooden Ring - Hammered Cobalt
WedgewoodRings
$395.00 USD
Arizona Desert Ironwood Burl and Cobalt Ring
Arizona Desert Ironwood Burl and Cobalt Ring
WedgewoodRings
$465.00 USD
Wood Ring Lined with Whiskey Barrel White Oak Wooden Ring - Black Zirconium
Wood Ring Lined with Whiskey Barrel White Oak Wooden Ring - Black Zirconium
WedgewoodRings
$395.00 USD
Tungsten Carbide Ring with Mexican Cocobolo Rosewood Inlay Wooden Ring
Tungsten Carbide Ring with Mexican Cocobolo Rosewood Inlay Wooden Ring
WedgewoodRings
$395.00 USD
Wooden Ring Lined with Exhibition Grade Koa - Cobalt - Blue
Wooden Ring Lined with Exhibition Grade Koa - Cobalt - Blue
WedgewoodRings
$395.00 USD
Black Zirconium Wood Ring Lined with Black Cherry Burl
Black Zirconium Wood Ring Lined with Black Cherry Burl
WedgewoodRings
$395.00 USD
Diamond Inlay Black Zirconium Wood Ring Lined with Bethlehem Olivewood
Diamond Inlay Black Zirconium Wood Ring Lined with Bethlehem Olivewood
WedgewoodRings
$455.00 USD
Diamond Inlay Black Zirconium Wooden Ring Lined with Arizona Desert Ironwood Burl
Diamond Inlay Black Zirconium Wooden Ring Lined with Arizona Desert Ironwood Burl
WedgewoodRings
$455.00 USD
Black Zirconium Wood Ring Lined with Redwood Burl
Black Zirconium Wood Ring Lined with Redwood Burl
WedgewoodRings
$395.00 USD
Titanium Wood Ring Lined With Whiskey Barrel White Oak Stave
Titanium Wood Ring Lined With Whiskey Barrel White Oak Stave
WedgewoodRings
$325.00 USD
RUSH ORDER (21 days)
RUSH ORDER (21 days)
WedgewoodRings
$65.00 USD
Carbon Fiber and Cobalt Ring
Carbon Fiber and Cobalt Ring
WedgewoodRings
$395.00 USD
Black Zirconium and 14k Gold Ring
Black Zirconium and 14k Gold Ring
WedgewoodRings
$895.00 USD
Mokume Titanium and Gibeon Meteorite Ring
Mokume Titanium and Gibeon Meteorite Ring
WedgewoodRings
$795.00 USD
Black Ceramic Matte Ring with Exhibition Grade Hawaiian Koa
Black Ceramic Matte Ring with Exhibition Grade Hawaiian Koa
WedgewoodRings
$395.00 USD
Cobalt Wooden Ring Lined with Bourbon Barrel White Oak Wood Ring
Cobalt Wooden Ring Lined with Bourbon Barrel White Oak Wood Ring
WedgewoodRings
$395.00 USD
Black Ceramic Ring with Cocobolo Rosewood Wooden Inlay RIng
Black Ceramic Ring with Cocobolo Rosewood Wooden Inlay RIng
WedgewoodRings
$395.00 USD
USS North Carolina Deck Teak Lined With Cobalt Ring
USS North Carolina Deck Teak Lined With Cobalt Ring
WedgewoodRings
$395.00 USD
Bog Oak and Cobalt Ring
Bog Oak and Cobalt Ring
WedgewoodRings
$445.00 USD
Wooden Ring Lined with Bethlehem Olivewood and Cobalt
Wooden Ring Lined with Bethlehem Olivewood and Cobalt
WedgewoodRings
$395.00 USD
Wood Ring Lined with Exhibition Grade Koa - Cobalt - Purple
Wood Ring Lined with Exhibition Grade Koa - Cobalt - Purple
WedgewoodRings
$395.00 USD
Wood Ring Blue Stabilized Koa and Cobalt
Wood Ring Blue Stabilized Koa and Cobalt
WedgewoodRings
$465.00 USD
Damascus Twisted Steel and Wood Ring - Bethlehem Olivewood Wooden Ring Damascus Twisted Steel Ring
Damascus Twisted Steel and Wood Ring - Bethlehem Olivewood Wooden Ring Damascus Twisted Steel Ring
WedgewoodRings
$545.00 USD
White Ceramic Ring with Exhibition Grade Hawaiian Koa
White Ceramic Ring with Exhibition Grade Hawaiian Koa
WedgewoodRings
$395.00 USD
Damascus Titanium Mokume-Ti Hawaiian Koa Ring
Damascus Titanium Mokume-Ti Hawaiian Koa Ring
WedgewoodRings
$485.00 USD
Ancient Bog Oak and Cobalt Wood Crosscut Ring
Ancient Bog Oak and Cobalt Wood Crosscut Ring
WedgewoodRings
$465.00 USD
Wood Ring - Hawaiian Koa Wooden Ring Damascus Steel Ring - Damascus Steel
Wood Ring - Hawaiian Koa Wooden Ring Damascus Steel Ring - Damascus Steel
WedgewoodRings
$415.00 USD
Diamond Inlay Cobalt Wooden Ring Lined with USS North Carolina Deck Teak
Diamond Inlay Cobalt Wooden Ring Lined with USS North Carolina Deck Teak
WedgewoodRings
$455.00 USD
Beveled Black Zirconium Wood Ring Lined with Whiskey Barrel White Oak Wooden Ring
Beveled Black Zirconium Wood Ring Lined with Whiskey Barrel White Oak Wooden Ring
WedgewoodRings
$395.00 USD
Rose Gold Kingwood Rosewood and Wood Ring
Rose Gold Kingwood Rosewood and Wood Ring
WedgewoodRings
$900.00 USD
Black Ceramic Ring with Whiskey Barrel White Oak Wooden Inlay Bourbon Ring
Black Ceramic Ring with Whiskey Barrel White Oak Wooden Inlay Bourbon Ring
WedgewoodRings
$395.00 USD
Cobalt Ring Lined with Argetine Lignum Vitae Tree of Life Wooden Ring
Cobalt Ring Lined with Argetine Lignum Vitae Tree of Life Wooden Ring
WedgewoodRings
$395.00 USD
Arizona Desert Ironwood Burl Wooden Ring and Turquoise Deconstructed Wood Ring Titanium Ring
Arizona Desert Ironwood Burl Wooden Ring and Turquoise Deconstructed Wood Ring Titanium Ring
WedgewoodRings
$345.00 USD
Wooden Ring USS North Carolina Deck Teak and Sandblasted Cobalt
Wooden Ring USS North Carolina Deck Teak and Sandblasted Cobalt
WedgewoodRings
$395.00 USD
African Blackwood Wood Ring with Turquoise and Titanium
African Blackwood Wood Ring with Turquoise and Titanium
WedgewoodRings
$345.00 USD
Black Zirconium Wooden Ring Lined with USS North Carolina Deck Teak
Black Zirconium Wooden Ring Lined with USS North Carolina Deck Teak
WedgewoodRings
$395.00 USD
Black Zirconium Wood Ring Lined with Spalted Tamarind Wood
Black Zirconium Wood Ring Lined with Spalted Tamarind Wood
WedgewoodRings
$395.00 USD
California Redwood and Cobalt Ring
California Redwood and Cobalt Ring
WedgewoodRings
$445.00 USD
Cobalt Mokume-gane Arizona Desert Ironwood Burl Wooden Ring
Cobalt Mokume-gane Arizona Desert Ironwood Burl Wooden Ring
WedgewoodRings
$565.00 USD
African Blackwood Wooden Ring and Lapis Lazuli Deconstructed Titanium Ring
African Blackwood Wooden Ring and Lapis Lazuli Deconstructed Titanium Ring
WedgewoodRings
$345.00 USD
Wooden Ring Lined With Titanium - Bethlehem Olivewood Inlay
Wooden Ring Lined With Titanium - Bethlehem Olivewood Inlay
WedgewoodRings
$325.00 USD
Wood Inlay Ring - Tungsten Carbide Ring with Arizona Desert Ironwood Burl
Wood Inlay Ring - Tungsten Carbide Ring with Arizona Desert Ironwood Burl
WedgewoodRings
$395.00 USD
Cobalt Wooden Ring Lined with Exhibition Grade Koa
Cobalt Wooden Ring Lined with Exhibition Grade Koa
WedgewoodRings
$395.00 USD

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