LOWER TRURO, N.S.
Don Wood’s desire to find the right ring launched him on a journey of learning and craftsmanship.
The Lower Truro man now takes pieces of metal, wood and deer horn and shapes them into eye-catching items.
“It started when I wanted a ring and couldn’t find one that wasn’t hollow underneath,” he recalled. “I thought maybe I could make one, so I learned about casting and how rings are made. I read a lot of books.”
He enjoyed making a ring so much he went on to make many more items and is now trying to use his creativity to fuel his own business, called ‘DW Did It.’
“I like working on fine detail; I find it relaxing,” he said. “It takes quite a bit of time to get things right. To make three pairs of earrings it can take the better part of a day.”
He said he likes the uncommon, and that can be seen in some of the things he’s recently made, such as earrings that have dangling skulls wearing Santa hats. He sometimes carves silver into shapes such as dragonflies and cuts out pennies to make earrings and pendants.
As a child he began whittling, and he now carves intricate ornaments and signs in wood.
In 2010 he built a one-of-a-kind ring for a friend who plays guitar but has limited mobility in his right hand. The ring holds the pick in place and has a spring-loaded clamp that can be activated with a button on the top. After about four years his friend lost the ring, but two years after it went missing Wood found it at a coin dealer’s shop. He got it and gave it back to his friend for his 60th birthday.
Some of the items Wood makes can be purchased at Sea Shell Design and Tallyman Gold & Coin, and he is currently talking to other shops about carrying them.