The antique walnut for this wood ring was hand picked from a collector in Asheville, North Carolina. It originated in an old tobacco barn constructed in the late 1800s. It's over 100 years old based on the date of the barn, and the tree likely another 100 as well.
When the settlers first came to the New World they forests untouched for centuries with a canopy of colossal trees as far as the eye could see. Much of that old growth is gone, which is sad, not only because we don't have the opportunity to see what our ancestors saw, but also because trees begin to exhibit different characteristics the older they get, and it shows in the wood. We feel fortunate to hold a piece of history, one that was alive and steady when the future of our nation was so uncertain.
Black Cherry Liner
My home sits on what used to be an orchard, and a few old trees still exist near me. The black cherry wood used in this ring comes from a 35+ foot tall black cherry tree that came down in my back yard. I cut it in lengths of about 6 feet, sealed the ends with wax, and let it cure for over a year. Afterwards, I split the logs into quarters and let them dry in my shed. I have had a lot of good use from that old cherry tree and now its wood makes its way into these rings.
Black cherry provides an excellent contrast in color to the smoky gray whiskey barrel wood, which is why I have decided to use it in this design.
Offset Copper Inlay
The copper inlay in the rich, chocolate-brown of the walnut makes this a classy ring!
Each Ring is Handcrafted in North Carolina
I am proud to craft each ring by hand in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is my honor to play a small role in the new "Made in USA" movement that is taking place across the nation and to do so by sharing part in our American heritage.