Ammonite Studio create the most gorgeous bentwood rings, such a unique idea, we love them and we think you will too. These wooden rings are lightweight, durable, waterproof and certainly stand out from the crowd as something different and unique.
By using wood species from around the world, Ammonite Studio can create a truly one of a kind ring, and with the option of stone and slate inlays these beautiful rings can be totally personalised to your requirements.
We’re sure that you’re as fascinated as we are about these gorgeous rings, so we’ll let Mark, owner of Ammonite Studio explain more about his work:
Tell us a little about yourself and your business
I’m 46 years old, living in West Cumbria with my wife and two kids, both boys. I’m a plasterer by trade and have run my plastering business for over 20 years.
I officially launched Ammonite Studio in April 2016 after many years of learning and (almost) perfecting my technique, I am completely self taught and still have lots to learn. I stumbled upon bentwood rings by accident, I’ve always been a creative type and I knew I had to have a go at making one. Once I started I couldn’t stop.
Each ring is custom made and takes at least two weeks to make and I keep my customers updated during the making process. Many of my orders have been for wedding rings and it’s a lovely feeling to know that I have played a part in someone’s special day.
What motivated you to start your business?
Plastering has been a rewarding career and I take great pride in my work but I wanted something more stimulating, where I could be more creative, hopefully less stressful! and would allow me more family time.
It soon became clear that making bentwood rings had the potential to provide me with all of these. I also like the fact it’s a very niche kind of businesses, it’s good to be unique!
Tell us a little more about the day to day activities of your business
I currently do everything related to the businesses, except physically taking the finished rings to the post office, I have my wife to thank for that.
Most of my time is taken up with current orders or I’ll be taking photos to update customers, taking enquiries, sourcing new materials, updating social media (not my strong point), website updates and if I have any spare moments working on the many new ring designs that are rattling around my head. A digital radio and good supply of tea is a necessity.
If our readers were to order from you, what can they expect?
From the first contact my customers get my full attention and my commitment to deliver exactly what they are asking for. I take great pride in my work and I will not allow any ring to leave the workshop unless I am 100% happy with it. Some orders will be a simple click on the website, I will let the customer know I have the order, give them an idea of the the timescale, send them photos during the make and then let them know once their order is ready for posting.
I am always available for a chat or advice during the making as well. If a customer has a special request, such as a wood or inlay that has a special or sentimental meaning to them then the first job will be to source their chosen materials. I will be in constant contact, updating them, once again advising on timescales, photos and always available to answer questions and give advice.
I enjoy a challenge and there is nothing more rewarding than giving the customer exactly what they want. Hopefully my customers will have a friendly, one to one, stress free experience that they will tell all their friends and family about.
How can couples judge if a company is the right fit for their wedding?
I think communication is the main thing, somebody that is prepared to listen to your wishes and be flexible in their approach. Customer feedback is obviously very important and also their ability to deliver for your big day.
What are your favourite moments from previous weddings you’ve been involved with?
One moment really stands out. Recently I made two wedding rings for Lucy and Ian. Lucy was from Canada and wanted a red cedar ring with turquoise inlay, Ian (Wales) wanted red cedar with a Welsh slate inlay. I sourced the red cedar from the USA, and turquoise from the UK, Welsh slate was in stock.
The rings were sent to Holland. It’s a big responsibility making rings for such a special day, Ian and Lucy were delighted with their rings, they were pretty challenging to make but their genuine gratitude and happiness made it all worthwhile.
The bigger picture – does your business offer goods/services outside of the wedding world? Tell us more
We’ll, I make bentwood rings! So no other services really apart from engagement, anniversary or friendship rings. Although I am always open to suggestions.
What have you got planned for the next 12 months?
I am currently working on new ring designs that will be added to the collection on the website as soon as they are ready, giving customers even more choice.
I also have a couple of local independent shops who would like to stock my rings so I am busy making up stock for those. My website has a blog and I aim to start blogging to keep people updated with the latest goings on.
I intend to get involved in wedding/craft fairs, time permitting. Mainly, I am looking forward to working with many more lovely customers in the future.
And finally, what or who inspires you and why?
I am motivated by building a sustainable, rewarding business to be proud of. One that gives me back as much as I put in, with a good work/life balance. A business that I will still be running in twenty years time with a long list of many happy customers.
All images courtesy of Ammonite Studio