Birch Branch Ring Box | Simple By Lacey | Woodworking Craftsman | Minimalism

Updated: Feb 2, 2020

"The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return”~Nat King Cole. Richard and I believe in spreading positivity and happiness to as many people as much as we can. Love should be shared amongst all humans whether their your friend, lover, family member or even a stranger. At the very start of the new year we found out the exciting news that Richard’s sister got engaged to her boyfriend of seven years. We were so happy for them and as their wedding gift, we will be custom creating their wedding decorations. The first product we decided to make for her wedding was the custom ring box. This product actually was a full on surprise, she had no decision in the design process at all!


Using birch branches, Richard cut them into 1.5” slices. He then sanded down the flat surfaces in a three step process, first 80 grit, then 120, ending with 220. This left the flat surfaces super smooth and soft. Directly in the center of the bottom slice of birch, Richard hand carved a round hole to hold the rings. He made the hole 1.5” wide by 0.5” deep. He wanted you to be able to see the rings right away upon opening the box but it still be deep enough so the top layer never hit the rings. Clamping the two pieces of birch wood together, he drilled a small hole directly through both pieces. The hole was then filled with a dowel, which is the mechanism being used to allow the ring box to slide open and close.



Using our circuit maker, I hand selected the fonts for the B, the &, and the E. All were different fonts and I also had to make changes to each font allowing them to seem cohesive. I printed them out, creating my own stencils. After tracing them on in pencil, I used my wood burning pen to hand burn the design into the wood. Just like Richards sanding, the wood burning also was a three step process. I used three different types of points on our wood burning pen to get the depth in the wood, the crispness of the edges of the letters, and the darkness of the burnt coloring.

Using our brander, Richard heated it with a torch and burnt our logo into the bottom of the ring box. Our logo is 2”x2” and it fit perfectly with a 1” border of wood left before the edge. The final step for completion of our ring box was to polyurethane it. Even just the first swipe of the paint brush, as I was polyurethaning, allowed so much color to come through the wood grains and swirls. It really enhanced the overall look of the product and strengthens the wood to last longer. 


We are so excited for each item we get to create for his sister Brittany’s wedding. It is a little piece of us that we get to give to her on her special day. We want to make her happy and the ring box starting it off felt like the perfect choice. When we presented it to her and saw tears in her eyes and a smile on her face, we knew she loved the design as much as we do. Richard and I put a lot of time and effect into each piece, analyzing every part until we feel confident in the product and the overall quality. Even when it is a product for a family member, it is stressful having someone judge your items and have a potential of not liking the outcome. Seeing her embrace the product with positivity and be over whelmed with emotion means the world to Richard and I.

We are so excited for each item we get to create for his sister Brittany’s wedding. It is a little piece of us that we get to give to her on her special day. We want to make her happy and the ring box starting it off felt like the perfect choice. When we presented it to her and saw tears in her eyes and a smile on her face, we knew she loved the design as much as we do. Richard and I put a lot of time and effect into each piece, analyzing every part until we feel confident in the product and the overall quality. Even when it is a product for a family member, it is stressful having someone judge your items and have a potential of not liking the outcome. Seeing her embrace the product with positivity and be over whelmed with emotion means the world to Richard and I.



We are very excited to start making wedding decorations. We have already booked a few clients and the journey has been so fun and opens a lot of doors for creativity with wood!  Reclaimed wood is an great way to decorate not only for weddings but also for your home, office, or even restaurants. Using reclaimed material helps to take wood out of the land fills, eliminates cutting down trees from the forests, and still gives you a nicely decorated space for minimal finances. 

Please contact us today for your custom decorations of your own: simplebylacey@gmail.com

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