Growing Grafted Wood Rings is Sustainable Forestry as Eco-Technology and Right Livelihood
Working closely with trees is my heartfelt passion. It is my experience that our greatest gifts have come with our ability to observe nature’s patterns and tendencies. Back in 2003, I began tying twigs and including objects in trees. I was seeking to develop a kinder and more creative working relationship with trees, a relationship where I didn’t have to destroy trees, like using lumber to make my livelihood. By 2008, my focus on growing and sustainably harvesting grafted wooden rings was getting thumbs-up feedback for comfort and continuing durability. Family trials evolved into a Field-Trial Program, where Tree Rings were outright gifted or minimally priced and we were assured contact to glean feedback as the grafted rings experienced life’s challenges on more fingers.
By 2010, gently massaging tree twigs into grafted wooden rings evolved into our business, Green Wood Wizard. The first wooden rings we sold were wedding bands. Affirming our organic process, that sale brought a friendship that assisted us in creating both our Facebook page and online Etsy shop.
Growing Tree Rings is an evolving, exciting and humbling experience. I am grateful to be working with nature at nature’s pace and allowing this deepening resonance. To find the trees are working with us, even the shoots of surviving American Chestnut on the edges of our property, is exhilarating. It is my personal vision that the making of Tree Rings be regional and sustainable and the marketing be cooperative. In recognition of the challenge of not having elders and with hopes of kindling tree-shaping tendencies in humans, I look forward to increasing tree-shaping and carving collaborations with other respectful humans.