How durable are wood wedding rings?
At Thorum we forge our own wedding rings intermixed with wood and different materials. Often one might think wood is a less durable material than stone or metal, but we are here to disprove this assumption.
Wood is a durable material for wedding rings and we will show it off by highlighting parts of our collection as well as run you through what makes certain types of wood the best choice for a durable wedding band.
How Does Thorum Prep Wood?
Thorum specially prepares all wooden bands with marine grade boat epoxy under a vacuum ensuring the bands are entirely waterproof and will not break with the slightest scratch or bang. Epoxy is one of the greatest tools we have as it gives the wood a smooth, shiny appearance whilst avoiding the dreaded ‘dry wood’ feel or it succumbing to the effects of age over time.
Our Wooden Ring Collection
In our collection, we have over 55 different products which use wood in some way to enhance the beauty of each designed piece as well as make it a robust band that will last a lifetime. So what wood do we use and how do they show the durability of wooden rings?
Oak: Jack Daniel's Whiskey Barrel
A large portion of our collection is made of recycled wood from oak whiskey barrels. The grains in this piece capture a gorgeous element of nature as well as the strength behind the former barrel which once had to hold Jack Daniels whisky.
Some are made from old oak whisky barrels and that is some of the hardest woods around, it has a distinct yellow color and is highly resistant against wood aliments.
Check out the collection of whiskey barrel bands here:
- The Forte | Damascus with Whiskey Barrel | Thorum
- The Ethos | Whiskey Barrel Ring | Thorum
- The Old Fashioned | Whiskey Barrel Wedding Ring | Thorum
- The Norseman | Whiskey Barrel Ring | Thorum
- The Curator | Black Whiskey Barrel Wedding Band | Thorum
- The Wayfarer | Whiskey Barrel and Antler Ring | Thorum
- The Artemis | Women's Whiskey Barrel Ring | Thorum
- The Harper | Damascus Ring, Whiskey Barrel Ring | Thorum
- Black Barrel | Whiskey Barrel Wedding Band | Thorum
- The Tiberius | Black Tungsten and Whiskey Barrel Ring | Thorum
- The Murakami | Damascus Steel and Whiskey Barrel Ring | Thorum
- The Terra | Whiskey Wood Ring, Whiskey Barrel Ring | Thorum
- Ragnarok | Whiskey Barrel Ring and Black Damascus | Thorum
- The Straight Shooter | Whiskey Barrel Ring | Thorum
- The Lionheart | Whiskey Barrel Wood Wedding Ring | Thorum
Black Walnut Wood: M1 Garand Rifle Stock Ring
So what sort of wood is this made of? An M1 Garand is made of black walnut wood which is a hardwood that is very durable. It survived WW2 so of course in its old age of retirement, it can sustain the trials of being part of a wedding ring! Its dark rich brown tones create a polished finish to rival the crown of kings.
Check out the collection of M1 Garand wood bands here:
- WW2 Ring | M1 Garand Wood Ring | Thorum
- The M1 Garand | Veteran Ring, Wood Ring, Men's Ring | Thorum
Light Quartersawn Walnut: Salvaged Boat Wood Ring
Via: The Timber | Thorum
With a large portion of the sourced wood in our collection, we really do love to recycle old wood! Why leave it to rot when you can give it a new life? Light quartersawn walnut is a light soft wood strengthened with resin with a rich orange-brown texture. Even if she is from an old boat, she looks stella on a finger like a boat on an evening sunset at the sea.
Check out the collection of the quartersawn walnut bands here:
Via: The Sequoia | Thorum
The California sequoia is an ancient American redwood with a rich fiery texture not seen in the rest of nature. They are softwoods despite being giants in life, but with the support of resin during preparation, they are solid like the hardness of woods around.
We only have one example of this wood type in our collection which you can see for yourself above! It's almost hard to believe it is even wood.
Koa is a heavy dense wood and this type shown above was grown and sourced from Hawai’i. Its rich creamy blend of coffee color truly makes the Aloha a stunning piece. So if you are from the Polynesian land, or you are a lover of warm drinks this could be the band for you.
True to its name, ironwood is the hardest wood around. Hence why we love it so much we include it in a lot of our ring collection! Its color blends the rainbow of yellow and red with waves that look like a setting sun.
Check out the collection of ironwood bands here:
- The Hercules | Ironwood Wedding Ring | Thorum
- The Magni | Fire Opal and Ironwood Wedding Band | Thorum
- The Lancelot | Wood Wedding Ring for Women | Thorum
- The Ragnar | Ironwood in Tungsten Carbide Wedding Ring | Thorum
- The Titan | Hammered Black Ironwood Ring | Thorum
- The Rebel | Desert Ironwood Wedding Ring | Thorum
- The Zeus | Ironwood Ring, Hammered Ring | Thorum
- The Fortuna | Yellow Gold Wood Ring | Thorum
Californian redwood is a brilliant soft wood which rich dark undertones of crimson. If you like redwood which is darker than usual, like a rising sun, then this is the perfect option for you! And like with all our softwood we strengthen them with epoxy.
Check out the collection of Californian redwood bands here:
- The Redwood | Silver Tungsten and California Redwood | Thorum
- Black Redwood | California Redwood Ring | Thorum
- The Rancher | California Redwood Ring, Wedding Ring | Thorum
- The Vitae | Desert Ironwood Ring | Thorum
White Oak: Bourbon Barrel Ring
If you are a drinker of bourbon, then a ring made from oak wood salvaged from a bourbon barrel might be for you. Oak is a hardwood and is great as we have shown from the examples above, it is perfect for any type of wedding band!
I am in love with this pinky color and reminds me of sunsets or when lovers blush. It is the perfect wedding band wood! The rosewood color is in its name and is a hardwood that is seen as one of the most unique woods in the world. Often people use it to make wooden instruments that require a beautiful finish as well as a durable skeleton.
Check out the collection of rosewood bands here:
Olivewood is a hardwood found in a variety of different colors and textures. It has large straight grains which give it a distinctive texture as well as attributes to its natural density. If you want a woody cloud texture for your wooden ring then this could be the prize to be won!
Petrified Wood: Prehistoric Oak
One of the unique ones on this list, this wood is petrified. It is hard like stone and has been strengthened with epoxy encasing to ensure it does not crack, whilst still maintaining a glossy polished finish. If you love history or really unique rings then these bands are great.
Check out the collection of prehistoric oak bands here:
This is a rare hardwood type called blue buckeye burl grown in America. It is hard to work with, but Thorum has created a way to ensure the preservation of the wood in order to showcase its natural beauty through a ring band. Like with a painter and his brush, you can see the effects of a starry night painted by nature herself.
With a sparkle almost like a ruby itself, we have the red box Elderwood (or a hard maple burl) wood which is a hardwood. It is truly amazing to believe that it is wood! You can get yourself this wooden beauty with the Ares above.
You know what's rad man? This skateboard wedding ring is made from layers of plywood (hardwood)! We love to recycle old materials and give them a new lease of life and this is no different. Plywood is durable and we have sealed it, like with all our wood, under vacuum with resin. You get the artificial striking colors of blue, with the rich tones of natural wood.
So as you can see wood is very durable so if you have any concerns about whether a wood inlay or frame might result in a poor quality product, you will be mistaken. We ensure all our wood is robust and beautiful before it leaves our shelves for the fingers of our clients and so you can rest easy knowing this fact.
Have more concerns or questions about rings? Check out other posts on the subject:
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- How to Save and Optimize Your Wedding Budget – Thorum
- Can you cut a Titanium ring off? – Thorum
- How can I find out my partner's ring size? – Thorum
- Your guide to buying men's wedding bands – Thorum
- What color wedding ring should I get? – Thorum
- The Best Wedding Ring for Electricians: Non-conductive wedding bands – Thorum
- Care and Maintenance for Wood Rings, Antler Rings | Thorum
- Wedding Band Materials | Thorum
- Thorum | Ring Widths? What Ring width Should I order?