Creating Wooden Jewelry is a beautifully compiled collection of stunning projects with step-by-step photos and instructions on how to create them. Each project builds on the techniques of the one before it.
Author Sarah King starts us with her relatively simple “Walnut Squiggle Pendant,” demonstrating how to cut out simple two-dimensional shapes. King’s “Undulating Lime Earrings” project adds three-dimensional shaping to the novice woodworker’s repertoire. As we progress through the book we learn how to manipulate willow and cane, turn wood, shape wood veneers and carve cork.
Interspersed throughout Creating Wooden Jewelry are discussions with guests. Inni Parnanen shares her inspirations and themes, Beppe Kessler discusses her working process, Terhi Tolvanen discusses balancing ideas and functionality and Lina Peterson discusses the wide range of materials she incorporates in her work.
Also included are chapters on Making Connections, Surface Treatments, and, finally, Tools and Materials. This last section introduces the reader to drill presses, piercing and band saws, bench lathes and belt sanders. This where I take issue with the inclusivity of Creating Wooden Jewelry. Unless you already have a woodworking shop, or you’re ready to spend a lot of money, I don’t see Creating Wooden Jewelry appealing to the average crafter. For the most part, these are beautifully-complex projects, each with extensive lists of materials and woodworking tools needed to complete them.