For his Jewelry, Rick combines his woodworking and lapidary skills to produce beautiful wood and rock necklaces and earings. Here is a sampling of our products. We also take custom orders: you pick the wood, you pick the rock, you pick the chain type and length. Rick will make several for you to pick from. Call for details. Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
All wood pendants on leather chains
Small wood and rock pendant necklace with leather chain
Large wood and rock pendant necklace on sterling silver chain
$38 / pair
Rock and Silver Stud Earrings
$24 / pair
2-inch Sterling Silver Necklace Extender
Magnetic Clasp for Necklaces
New design! These beautiful all wood pendants have a solid wood border and back with a multi-wood insert. They are all on leather chains, but as with all of our jewelry, you can swap it for sterling silver for a slight price increase. Stop by one of our shows and see them in person!
6864 - Rosewood rim and back
6865 - Red Oak rim and back
6868 - Canarywood rim and back
6878 - SOLD Zebra rim and back
6879 - Mahogany rim and back
6881 - Cherry rim and back
6883 - Wenge rim and back
6884 - Curly Maple rim and back
6885 - SOLD Cherry rim and back
7514 - 20" Canarywood rim and back
7519 - SOLD 20" Lacewood rim and back
7524 - SOLD 20" Zebra rim and back
These necklaces are made from raw rock and raw wood. The rocks are sliced, cut and polished first, then the wood frame is made on the lathe. The small pendants are drilled through the wood for the leather chain placement so that it lays nicely on you. The measurement after the wood name is the chain length.
2548 - Snowflake Obsidian on Curly Maple - 16"
2562e - Red Jasper on Zebra wood - 16"
2639 - Spiderman rock on Lacewood - 16"
3123 - Tree Moss Agate on Wenge - 16"
3132 - Lemon Lime Dolomite on Wenge - 16"
7547 - Snowflake Obsidian on Honduras Rosewood - 18"
3975 - Yellow Striped Jasper on Koa - 16"
7550 - Rainforest Jasper on Honduras Rosewood - 16"
4009 - Petrified Wood on Bubinga - 16"
4642 - Moss Agate on Bubinga - 16"
4650 - Chinese Writing Stone on Lacewood - 16"
4818 - Ocean Jasper On Padauk - 16"
5297 - Exotica in koa - 18"
5307 - Exotica in koa - 18"
7552 - San Simeon Creek Jasper on Lacewood - 20"
6772 - Picture Jasper in Canarywood, Bacote - 18"
6774 - Blue Green Agate in Curly Maple - 18"
6970 - Tigers Eye on Walnut & Curly Maple
6971 - Tigers Eye on Redbud & Curly Maple
7511 - 18" Indian Script Stone on Holly & Bubinga
7512 - 18" Mookite on Zebra & Bubinga
7513 - 18" Yellow Feather Jasper on Coffeewood & Bubinga
7553 - Picture Jasper on Curly Maple - 18"
7555 - Unakite on Lacewood & Bacote - 18"
7556 - Labradorite on Crotch Maple - 16"
7518 - 18" Ocean Jasper on Purpleheard & Bacote
7520 - 20" Red Jasper on Bubinga & Lacewood
7557 - SOLD - San Simeon Creek Jasper on Koa & Maple - 20"
7522 - 18" Tiffany Stone on Indian Rosewood & Maple
7523 - 18" Crazy Lace Agate on Sycamore & Lacewood
7525 - 16" Tiger's Eye on Koa
7526 - 16" Quartzite on Bloodwood
7527 - 16" Ocean Jasper on Padauk & Satinwood
7558 - Snowflake Obsidian on Lacewood & Wenge - 18"
7561 - Labradorite on Wenge - 16"
7564 - Blue Lace Agate on Walnut & Bloodwood - 22"
7565 - SOLD Chinese Writing Stone on Poplar & Bacote - 18"
These necklaces are made from raw rock and raw wood. The rocks are sliced, cut and polished first, then the wood frame is made on the lathe. The large pendants are drilled through the wood for the sterling silver chain placement so that it lays nicely on you. The measurement after the wood name is the chain length.
2142e - Snowflake Obsidian on Curly Maple - 20"
2160 - SOLD Crinoid Marble on Curly Maple - 18"
2167e - Dalmation on Walnut - 16"
2351 - Dalmation on Walnut - 18"
2376 - Clam Chowder Stone on Curly Maple - 18"
2382 - Tigers Eye on Curly Maple - 18"
2506 - Dendritic Agate on Padauk - 18"
2633 - Rhodonite on Walnut - 18"
3639 - Chinese Writing Stone on Curly Maple - 22"
3784 - Sodalite on Curly Maple - 18"
3785 - Red Jasper on Koa - 18"
3802 - Petrified Wood on Zebra - 18"
3808 - African Lace Agate on Indian Rosewood - 18"
3816 - Picture Jasper on Koa - 18"
3818 - Snowflake Obsidian on Curly Maple - 20"
4015 - Exotica on Curly Maple - 18"
4016 - Mookite on Spalted Sycamore - 18"
4018 - Red Snakeskin Jasper on Crotch Maple - 18"
4022 - Rhodonite on Spalted Sycamore - 20"
4025 - Red Snakeskin Jasper on Ipe - 20"
4026 - Exotica on Koa - 22"
4031 - Red Moss Agate on Spalted Sycamore - 18"
4624 - Indian Script Stone on Crotch Maple - 20"
4626 - Red Tube Agate on Koa - 18"
4630 - Petrified Palm on Indian Rosewood - 20"
4632 - Green Picture Jasper on Indian Rosewood - 20"
4634 - Bluegold stone on Curly Maple - 18"
4828 - Blue Moss Agate on Curly Maple - 20"
5070 - Lemon-lime dolomite in Bubinga, Canarywood - 20"
4832 - Red Moss Agate on Sycamore - 20"
5081 - Frogskin jasper in Wenge, Satinwood - 18"
5086 - Red jasper in Purpleheart, Satinwood - 20"
5094 - Petrified wood in Bacote, Wenge - 18"
5098 - African lace agate in Black Walnut, Curly Maple - 20"
5120 - Lemon-lime dolomite in Black Walnut, Bubinga - 18"
5116 - SOLD Bloodstone in Canarywood, Maple - 18"
5136 - Frogskin jasper in Maple, Zebra - 20"
5140 - SOLD Blue lace agate in Black Walnut, Osage orange - 20"
6447 - Blue Moss Agate in Maple, Wenge - 18"
6448 - Blue Moss Agate in Maple, Mahogany - 20"
The backing of these earrings are flattened copper pennies (only the old ones) which are hammered for a pattern. Then they are embellished with a hand-cut rock.
7437 - Blue Lace Agate
7438 - SOLD Bloodstone
7439 - Red Jasper
7440 - Green Granite
7441 - SOLD Dalmation Stone
7442 - Snowflake Obsidian
7443 - Leopardskin Jasper
7444 - Green Quartz
7445 - Lapis Lazuli
Sterling silver backs and posts with hand-cut and polished rocks
7052 - Lace Agate
7058 - SPOT Red Spot Pudding Stone
7446 - SOLD - Lapis Lazuli
7465 - SOLD - Red Snakeskin Jasper
7466 - Lapis Lazuli
7467 - Kabamba
7468 - SOLD Lace Agate
7469 - SOLD Turitella Agate
7470 - SOLD Blue Moss Agate
7471 - SOLD Petrified Wood
7472 - SOLD Red Moss Agate
The making of the necklace starts with the rock. Rocks can be found in a number of forms, but the basic form is the chunk of rock (known as rough). The rough is then cut into slices (known as slabs) on a saw that uses a diamond-studded blade. There are frequently surprises when you cut into a chunk of rock. Once you find a good slab, the next step is to trim it down using a diamond trim saw to a usable size for a polished stone.
The next step is to mount the stone on a metal ‘dop’ on which it can be rounded on a faceting tool. Once rounded, these go to the ‘cabbing’ machine where there are a series of grinding and sanding steps and the basic rounded form of a cabochon is achieved. Once completed, there are a series of polishing steps with consecutively finer grits to achieve the high polish of the finished stone.
The next step is back to the wood studio to trim and mount blocks of wood for turning. Matching the stone to the wood is the artistic part. If you did this for a lifetime, you would never match all the stones with all the woods. The initial block is trimmed round and to the correct thickness before drilling the hole through the wood for the necklace. The blank is returned to the lathe and a pattern is created on the face. The wood then gets sanded on the back where it was parted from the block on the lathe.
The finishing involves spraying the wood, then hand sanding, spraying, and finally polishing it on a polishing machine. Final assembly involves gluing a nub on the back of the stone, gluing the stone into the wooden blank, and then adding the chain or leather necklace.