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.
Compared to our Natural Whiskey Barrel and Coffee ring, which is made from white oak whiskey barrels, this black cherry wood has a slight reddish hue.
This design was originally conceived for a friend of mine who owns a coffee shop. I used beans from his store in the ring I created for him, but the coffee used in future rings is a bit more unique. I was able to obtain an unopened Hills Bros coffee can from 1952. The coffee inside was still fresh (they really knew how to make stuff back then) and has a great vintage story.
Though we can enjoy coffee in an endless stream today, this has not always been the case. Coffee rationing in WWII began in 1942 - families could only get one pound every five weeks - and the rationing didn't end until 1946. There were a few reasons for this. Firstly, the GI's needed coffee in the field. Secondly, German U-boats were sinking boats with coffee shipments from Brazil making coffee hard to get.
Rationed coffee was packaged in glass containers, which were not only reusable, but also saved precious tin resources for the troops. That this coffee could be purchased in a can was a sign that the war had ended.
For me, the idea of an unopened can of coffee sitting in the back of someone's pantry for so many years is a reminder of the frugality of that great generation which was permanently impressed upon them during the war.
If you have a favorite coffee shop and would like to use their beans, we can make that happen. Simply select the option on this page. We only need about 2 tablespoons of coffee beans (ground coffee may work as well). If you would like to send along more beans than necessary, well, coffee is always appreciated in the shop ;-).
Please send coffee to:
Rustic and Main
3401 Uphill Ct.
Charlotte NC 28269
If you're worried that your one of a kind ring won't be ready for the special day, you can add our gift certificate option to your order. Each card is ornately designed and will be inscribed with your order details and sent in a matching envelope. Give that special person something to open and see their excitement when they find out what's being crafted just for them!
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