Making wooden rings has become a big business. Lots of people desire a wooden ring, and they are all over the internet for everyone to see. I believe that wooden rings attract people because they are old fashioned, traditional, and have more life than metal rings. These ideals appeal to people, and for a woodworker, that is good news.
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Ring Making is a Fun Hobby
Anyone with a little experience in woodworking can begin making wooden rings with the scraps they have laying around the shop. My book, Wooden Rings: How To Make Wooden Rings By Hand explains the process, so even someone without many tools can begin making excellent looking rings. I also describe a brief version of the process in my Ring Making article, and for My Wedding Ring.
Making wooden rings can be turned into a business for any woodworker fairly quickly. The materials cost is extremely low, due to the fact that very small pieces of wood can be used to make great rings. Even pieces found in the scrap bin at a hardwood store (more on that here) can be used in the construction process.
The key to making and selling wooden rings is two fold. You need to create eye catching designs, and you need to gain an audience. The first part is fairly straight forward. If you start making wooden rings, and you enjoy it, the design aspect will come over time. It is fun to see how different pieces combine together to form new designs. This is the best way to find your personal style.
Finding People for Your Rings
Gaining an audience can be a little tougher, but in the age of social media, thankfully it’s a free process. Most woodworkers begin selling what they make through word of mouth, and online. Almost everyone has a Facebook page or a Pintrest account.
Sharing your work with others in person and online gets you exposure. It also makes people aware that you can create beautiful rings. As you begin making more, post even more pictures, and your friends will likely share them if they are eye catching and unique. From there, satisfy every customer like they are your only customer, and they will send you even more business. The old adage rings true, if your desire is to make others happy or successful, they will make you happy and successful.
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Making wooden rings is a great way to make a little woodworking income, and use the scraps that are just gathering dust in the shop.
The big attraction to me about making wooden rings is the ability to control the waste in my shop. I am a wood hoarder. I know I should get help, but it has always been difficult for me to throw away wood scraps. However, many of my smaller projects are fed exclusively from the drop that I save when making acoustic guitars. These projects help me save money on wood cost.
Try out a few wooden rings in the shop. Then, take a look at my book if you are interested in learning more. The process is fun, and they make excellent gifts for anyone.
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