The prized Hawaiian Koa, the sacred wood of the ancient Polynesian dugout canoes, their earthly companion as they explored the furthest reaches of the Pacific in search of the luxurious and prosperous insular rainforests. The koa was the monarch of those ancient forests, prized now for its sturdiness, fine grain, and beautiful red color. This wood is the heart of exploration, of adventure, and of the endless pursuit of prosperity.
A simple ring: titanium body with an inlay of wood cut from a barrel used to age Jack Daniels whiskey. It’s a ring for a craftsman, a ring for an artisan. The man who wears this ring understands the beauty in simplicity, the art of subtlety. He needs a ring that will catch the eye, but one that still represents him in all his forms and one durable enough to keep up with his rough lifestyle. It’s in the pocket of his faded jeans until the saw is turned off and his safety goggles are removed. Then it’s back on, sliding over his calloused, dirty fingers.
Deep in the woods of the Appalachians, somewhere hidden away on the slopes of Mount LeConte above Gatlinburg, there’s a single-room distillery. Just a few big copper stills in a cinderblock room, and along the walls are dozens of barrels aging its sweet nectars. The proprietor is a hearty man with a leather smock, a carefully curated beard, and eyes that glisten with a genuine passion for his art. Ask him for his secret, and he’ll tell you that the wood is everything. And the wood is everything.
A wood’s density, its heaviness, is a symbol of its strength and resilience. Rosewood, renowned for its deep, red beauty, the wild aroma of its sawdust, and its suitability for the rigors of substantial furniture, could only be paired with a metal befitting its power and resolve. The bright titanium offset slashing across the ring brings out the complex reds and browns of the grain, exuding confidence, stoicism, and stout. It’s the ring for a man confident in himself, who can express his ideas without the need for pomp and flash. Whom others ask without prompting or advertisement.