Make a Bentwood Ring (Online)

  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020
  • Thursday, October 29, 2020
  • 2 sessions
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 7:00 PM 8:30 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, October 29, 2020, 6:30 PM 9:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN's Woodshop Zoom Room, Class Code: WO102720KK
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  • $81 + $25 materials fee + $15 shipping fee.
  • $81 + $25 materials fee
  • Free Tuition + $25 materials fee + $15 shipping
  • Free Tuition + $15 materials, to be picked up at BARN

    Registration will close on Tuesday, 10-13

Registration is closed

Learn to make bentwood rings using thin layers of wood called veneer. In this two-evening online class, you will complete one ring and wind up with the know-how and materials to make five to 10 more rings on your own.

During the first session, the instructor will discuss the process, explain what woods work well for rings, and  suggest ways you can incorporate patterns into your design. You will begin making your ring by cutting and then steaming or boiling the wood to make it pliable for bending.

You will pick up the process the next session, once the wood has fully dried in place. During this second session, you will glue, sand, and then finish the ring with fast-curing cyanoacrylate (CA) glue, giving you a finished piece that is both lightweight and durable.

The materials fee covers veneers, glue, sanding materials and other disposables, and the shipping cost to mail these to you. If you are a member, you can opt to pick up the materials at BARN and save the shipping cost.

You will need to provide the following:

  • Sharp knife to cut veneers (X-Acto or similar precision cutting knife, pocket knife, or sharp kitchen knife)
  • Straight-edge or ruler
  • Surface to cut on safely (piece of wood or craft mat)
  • Microwave and microwavable dish/mug OR stovetop with pot
  • Paper towels (will be used for finishing so cannot be cloth)
  • Handheld drill (corded or cordless) will make the process much easier, but is optional


  • Please note that registration closes 10 business days before the first session, to allow time to assemble and/or mail kits.
    If you opt to have your kit mailed, please verify your mailing address when you register. You will receive an email and tracking number when package has been shipped. If you are picking up at BARN, we will email you when the kits are ready with information on when and where to pick up your kit.
  • This class will be taught via the Zoom video conferencing program. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial.
  • An email will be sent to you one day before each session with the Zoom link to join the class. Please watch for this email.
  • In gratitude to our members for their continued support during the closures, BARN is offering all classes for free to BARN members through December 2020.  Members are still responsible for paying materials and mailing fees, where applicable. If a class is full, please add your name to the wait list in case a space opens up or we are able to offer another class. Check our calendar frequently as more classes are being added each week!  
  • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.
  • Open to beginners. Ages 14+ are welcome. (Youth may need supervision.)

Instructor bio:

Kevin Kelly is always making things: building nonprofit databases in his day job, turning bowls on the lathe in the evenings, or building new things for around the yard on the weekend. He has been making bentwood rings since 2014, when he finally gave up on his poorly-fitting wedding ring in favor of a homemade one from walnut.

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