This is the 5 Best Resources for New Wooden Ring Makers. In this post, you’ll learn about five helpful places that can make you a better ring maker. Enjoy.
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Best Resources for Ring Makers
As a new ring maker, the more knowledgeable and the better equipped you are to start out this hobby, the farther you will go, and the faster. Sometimes it’s just a matter of knowing the right resources to get you started.
Ring making might seem like a very simple hobby, and in truth it’s pretty easy to get started. However, as you progress through the different types of rings that you can make, that’s where the true craft and beauty really lies.
Before you get there, it’s useful to have some handy resources that can help you along the way. Especially as a beginner when you don’t know everything, it’s nice to be able to refer to these resources and learn as much as you can.
Your Local Hardwood Store
The very first amazing resource for making wooden rings is your local hardwood store. This is a store that sells exotic wood from all around the world. It’s here that you will find your initial inspiration.
If you’ve never been to a hardwood store in real life, you absolutely need to find one and go immediately. You will get to see firsthand all kinds of different wood species from all around the world, and you will be thoroughly impressed with what nature can create.
It’s here where you will find some of the initial inspiration to make beautiful wooden rings in your own shop. You’ll be able to buy some wood while you’re there, and take home some stuff that you probably didn’t even know existed.
This is a huge first start and a phenomenal resource for making wooden rings, and you’ll find yourself back at the hardwood store very often.
Penn State Industries Catalog
Next to the hardwood store is the Penn State catalog. This is a wood turners catalog primarily, but it is super helpful for people making wooden rings. This goes along with the inspiration side of things as well, but in a slightly different way.
Looking at all the different blanks that you can buy for woodworking on the lathe, you can easily see which pieces are the right size to be made into wooden rings. This is mostly going to be standard turning blanks and bottle stopper blanks.
You’ll see all kinds of different materials from wood to plastic and even artificial stone. These all make excellent rings, and you can create something truly beautiful just by ordering one of their blanks and turning it into a ring.
They have a catalog that you can order as well, so I recommend that you go to their website and get a catalog sent to you right away. It’s fantastic inspirational reading, and you’ll definitely find some stuff to order right away.
Ring Makers on Social Media
My third resource is following people on social media. There are tons of people who make wooden rings online, and you can find them on popular sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
If you don’t already have your own accounts on these sites, I recommend making them and then starting your search for people that also make wooden rings. You will be able to see lots of cool examples, plus many people show the making process as well.
Spend a little time gathering good people to follow, and then just make it a habit of popping in and seeing what they’re up to from time to time. Inspiration is all around you, and if you follow enough ring makers, you can get yourself a steady stream anytime you want.
Websites are another fantastic resource. People are on websites tend to post tutorials and in-depth demonstrations on how to make specific styles of wooden ring.
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This is fantastic for you as a beginning woodworker. All you have to do is follow one of these tutorials and make the same ring in your own shop. You’ll learn quite a bit, and you’ll also pick up a better understanding of the process.
As you go through each of these different websites, make a note of the tutorials that you like so that way you can go back to them as you finish other tutorials. You’re obviously not going to be able to do them all at once so it’s important to bookmark them for later.
YouTube Videos on Ring Making
Finally, one of the best resources in the world for learning how to do darn near anything is YouTube. This is a website that’s filled with videos on millions of different topics, and there is a ton on there about making wooden rings.
Just like on social media, all you need to do is find several different channels where ring makers show you their work, and then subscribe to them. You’ll be able to see their videos much more easily that way, and you’ll have plenty of material to go through.
Also, if you need to learn a specific aspect of ring making, you can search for that directly and then watch several videos. No matter what you’re looking for, you can likely figure out what you need to know just by watching a few videos and doing what they do.
Your Action Assignment
Now that you know these five awesome resources for new ring makers, it’s time to get out in your shop and take action. Ring making is a fantastic hobby, and though it may seem simple at first, it can offer you a lifetime of challenges.
Spend a little time going through these resources initially, and surround yourself with learning material every single day. Over several days to several weeks, you’ll start to develop a really good understanding of what it takes to make a wooden ring.
Once you start actually making them yourself, you’ll be able to combine your academic learning with physical experience, and that’s when you’ll start making breakthroughs.
If you have any questions on these resources for wooden ring makers, please post a question and I’ll be glad to answer them. Happy building.
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