Whiskey Barrel Rings
WedgeWood Rings was the first to ever offer wood rings made with a used whiskey barrel component. For this reason, you will find here the widest selection of styles and metals; the most complete selection of distilleries (though customer-sourced material remains the top seller); and-- most importantly for a wooden ring-- the best, most durable finishes.
All of my wood rings are constructed and protected with a sophisticated blend of epoxies that cannot be found anywhere else. The techniques and tools required to protect the wood with resins originally for use finishing hot tubs was developed entirely in-house. This trade secret is one reason WedgeWood Rings remains ahead of other shops that use less durable epoxies, or even more disastrously- simple cyanoacrylate.
Below is a comprehensive summary of the available whiskey barrel wedding ring styles you can find at WedgeWood Rings. If you have something in mind and don't see it here - feel free to contact me and we will work together to make your custom ring a reality.
This is the most popular base-design for a whiskey barrel oak wedding band. The cobalt is alloyed to be the same color as white gold, yet it is orders of magnitude more durable. Because it is half wood, the ring remains lightweight while offering durability surpassed only by tungsten carbide or ceramic, listed below. This ring is also available with cobalt interior and whiskey barrel oak exterior.
This hand-made, folded, etched combination of stainless steels offers almost as much scratch resistance as cobalt. Its appearance is unrivaled, attracting those who value the traditional craftsmanship that damascus steel represents and is not afraid to wear that appreciation on their hand.
Gold, obviously the most traditional metal for use in a wedding band, has always been in demand for use in a whiskey barrel ring. I only started offering this style recently. Why? Gold, while beautiful, has disadvantages when compared to modern jewelry materials like cobalt, zirconium, tungsten, etc. Please read this blog post if you are considering a gold band.
Black Zirconium has been favored amongst those who want something a little “edgier” for their wood ring. The zirconium is heat treated until the extreme heat causes oxidization, forming a very hard, durable black coating. This coating has a hardness rating of 1940MPa - the same as sapphire. Although it is very scratch resistant, if it scratched deeply enough, it can reveal the natural silver coloring of the zirconium underneath and is therefore not ideal for those who are self-described as "hard on their hands." Unless they don't mind the battle scars, that is. Sandblasted finish is pictured, but satin, polished, hammered, or maybe even something custom are all available as well.
Not all Tungsten Carbide rings are the same! Tungsten and Carbon, elements that would naturally be powders, are combined at very high temperatures with binders to make an incredibly dense, nearly indestructible metal. The choice and quality of these extra elements are what sets this top quality, American made material apart from its mass-produced-in-China counterparts. While it is possible to shatter a WedgeWood Tungsten Ring, it is considerably more difficult than with a mall-kiosk tungsten carbide ring.
Black ceramic is an ideal choice for electricians as it is non-conductive. It is extremely durable and scratch resistance, with a 2035MPa on the Hardness scale, making it more durable than any metal except tungsten carbide. Unlike the black zirconium, the black ceramic color is not coated- that is to say it is black through and through. Should it get scratched (which is unlikely), it will not reveal a different color underneath.
In addition to the main lines listed above, there are a wide variety of other styles of whiskey barrel wedding band available. You can click here to see the whiskey barrel category in my shop. Alternatively, you can select any style you see in any section of my shop and choose to substitute wood from the distillery of your choice.
Once I secured a steady supply of the Jack Daniel’s barrel staves, I and my customers became obsessed with getting my hands on staves from other brands of whiskeys. Currently, I have over a dozen different distillery options to choose from to customize a whiskey barrel wedding ring:
Jack Daniel’s (Lynchburg, Tennessee)
Woodford Reserve (Woodford County, Kentucky)
Four Roses (Lawrenceburg, Kentucky)
Stranahan’s (Denver, Colorado)
Pappy van Winkle (Frankfort, Kentucky)
Old Rip van Winkle (Frankfort, Kentucky)
Buffalo Trace (Frankfort, Kentucky)
Angel’s Envy (Louisville, Kentucky)
Knob Creek (Clermont, Kentucky)
Jim Beam (Clermont, Kentucky)
Maker’s Mark (Loretto, Kentucky)
Yamazaki (Shimamoto, Japan)
Hibiki (Shimamoto, Japan)
Hakushu (Hokuto, Japan)
Dry Fly (Spokane, Washington)
Old Forester (Louisville, Kentucky)
Garrison Brothers (Hye, Texas)
Yellow Rose (Houston, Texas)
Firestone and Robertson (Fort Worth, Texas)
Founders Beer (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Cedar Ridge (Swisher, Iowa)
High West (Park City, Utah)
Blanton’s (Frankfort, Kentucky)
Blue Ridge (Defiant) (Bostic, North Carolina)
Tuthilltown (Gardiner, New York)
Detroit City (Detroit, Michigan)
The Macallan (Moray, Scotland)
Kilchoman (Islay, Scotland)
Balvenie (Dufftown, Scotland)
Laphroaig (Islay, Scotland)