Spiritual

Hand-Crafted Ceremonial Items for Your Spiritual Events

Wind Ridge Wood Crafts creates unique items for Spiritual Events. I am happy to create heirlooms to be cherished and enjoyed as a keepsake. These include writing instruments (pens, but definitely not what you find in an office supply store), boxes, signs and other crafts. If you have an idea for a keepsake or questions about the items below, please let me know using the Contact form. If you'd like to discuss something over the phone, please provide your number and an appropriate time (and timezone) to call and I'll be happy to do so.

Ceremonial Writing Instruments (Pens)

Below is a small sample of the ceremonial writing instruments, or pens, we have created. These are often used for signing special documents such as Marriage certificates or home purchases. As shown, they are made from a variety of materials, typically wood or acrylic, and are assembled with antique copper, platinum, gold, and many other materials. Most of the metals are polished, while many are available in satin, as well. The pens have several coats of finish applied, which are buffed to a beautiful shine.

Each pen is hand-made using a variety of tools, with a wood lathe handling the bulk of the work. Pen blanks (wood or acrylic body) and pen kits (metallic nibs, caps, mechanical and writing components) are paired, the blanks are cut, drilled, glued, turned, sanded, polished, finished, then buffed. Finally, the finished blanks is assembled with the pen kit and a final quality check and cleaning is performed.

Pen Orders

Please visit our Pen Order Page

Ceremonial Boxes

Sincere thanks to Michelle Hamstra Photography, Kevin and Cassandra Kessler and Reverend Rhonda for the wedding photos


Box Orders

Please visit our Box Order Page

If you have something more custom in mind, please use our Contact Form to provide details about your request. You may also leave a phone number in the Message section if you prefer to discuss it over the phone, instead.


Freehand Routing / Engraving

My wife, Reverend Rhonda Schienle, provides custom and themed wedding services. There is a beautiful poem titled "The Marriage Box", that she has incorporated into her services, which includes a box. She asked me to build something simple, but nice, that could be provided as a memento for her couples. The above boxes are designed to hold standard # 10 envelopes for folded copies of vows, as well as 4 x 6 laminated cards, for copies of poems and songs. The interior is about 10" wide, by 5" deep and 5" tall. The boxes are typically made of maple, cherry, walnut and/or oak, as requested. Other hardwoods are also available. The contrast of light maple and dark walnut provides an attractive heirloom. Typically, a pair of woods are used, one light, one dark, but pretty much any combination, including a single species, is available.

The engraving is done with a rotary tool called a palm router, which is in between a tiny Dremel and a full-size router. The lettering and artwork is either stenciled or transferred from printer to wood, then carefully routed into the top of the box using a profiling bit with the palm router. Additional figures and words can be routed on the sides, as well. The routed portion is then painted, followed by several coats of clear finish to lock in the beauty of the wood for a lifetime keepsake.

Joinery

The majority of our boxes are constructed using a post and panel model with sliding dovetail joints. The vertical posts are thicker than the panels, and the panels are connected to the posts using a sliding dovetail.

A dovetail is a locking joint with tremendous strength compared to many other wood joints. The canted walls give the sliding dovetail joint a decided strength advantage over a dado, rabbit or butt joint. The joint mechanically resists tension, meaning that the tailboard can’t pull away from the grooved board. The wood must crush or break before the two parts separate. While it is not a complicated joint to make, it does require some finesse and patience, and the reward of the strength and appearance make up for the effort.

Hardware

The barrel hinges used for securing the top to the base are made of solid brass with brass links. The base of the box has enough mass to allow the hinges to open 180 degrees without tipping over. The barrel hinges are invisible while the lid is closed. The barrel hinges are sunk into the base and top at the precise depth and distance to function correctly. A set screw is used in each barrel to expand them within their holes to stay in place.

Ceremonial, Tribute, Wedding Signs

My wife, Reverend Rhonda Schienle, provides custom and themed wedding services. One of her recent weddings had some beautifully painted wooden keepsakes that the guests could sign using paint sharpies. She asked if I could do a version of this with my own spin. I'm more tool-oriented and much less paint-oriented, so I came up with what you see above.

The detail engraving of the names, date and rings is done with a rotary tool called a palm router, which is in between a tiny Dremel and a full-size router. The lettering and artwork was transferred from printer to wood, then carefully routed about 3/16" deep into the top of the circular board using a profiling bit with the palm router. The first background was created using a dimple pattern in the wood with a 90 degree V bit. A new version was made with a flat background using a spiral up-cut bit. The backgrounds are made with a full size router that is better suited to removing larger amounts of material than the palm router.

The wood was stained in a dark walnut and white paint pens were provided for the guests to sign their names on the front. Surprisingly, the couple and guests loved the front as is and they signed the back, instead.

Sign Orders

Since signs cover such a wide variety, please use our Contact Form to provide details about your request. You may also leave a phone number in the Message section if you prefer to discuss it over the phone, instead.

Family Clock

Rhonda's friend, Felicia, moved into a new house with her husband and children. Rhonda asked if I could make a wall clock as a housewarming gift for them, which I was happy to oblige. It is made with cedar and is about 16" x 16". The clock portion is about 7 1/2" in diameter. The family names were freehand routed using a Palm Router and a Profile bit. They were then spray painted black, and the external paint sanded away, leaving the names in black. The edge treatment was done using a cove bit and painted black. Three coats of polyurethane were added with a 320 grit sanding between each one. This leaves a very smooth finish with a hint of rustic appearance created with a few light touches with a belt sander.

I used an atomic clock mechanism, which was a first for me. After it set itself to the current time, I realized it was off by a couple hours. After another glance at the directions, I moved a switch to the correct timezone and recorded the clock resetting itself.

Clock Orders

Due to the wide variety of Clocks available and the accompanying sign options, please use our Contact Form to provide details about your request. You may also leave a phone number in the Message section if you prefer to discuss it over the phone, instead.

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