A Life Sustained Sponsor: Bentwood Bands

Please welcome A Life Sustained sponsor Bentwood Bands!


Ian handcrafts wooden headbands for adults and children. In his words:


I live in Southeastern Pennsylvania with my wonderful wife, Julie, and 3 noisy and beautiful children. On our quarter-acre we chase rabbits from our large vegetable garden, squirrels from our nine fruit trees and birds from five blueberry bushes while Daisy, our beagle, enjoys the show. Last year we added a few chickens to the mix, just for fun. We dream of a homestead, where who knows what will happen. And when I’m not in the yard with the family, I make stuff: Bentwood headbands, wood toys, furniture, drawings, oil paintings, music, poetry, and most recently bentwood rings. 




Tell us about your journey to becoming an artist/maker of things.

I can’t remember when I was not creative. It’s just part of who I am, and my parents were always encouraging. My grandfather though, was a huge influence. I don’t think anyone (himself included) would have considered him an artist. But he was. A machinist by trade, he was a perpetual creative problem-solver, very inventive. He also instilled in me a deep respect for nature, which probably influences every decision I make. 




What inspires you?

The old ways of doing things are truly inspiring. I am quite taken, not only with the manual skill people exercised, but with the deep understanding of the materials with which they worked. As a result, power tools are growing more and more silent in my workshop. I am beginning to understand that what we gain by “doing it faster” is hardly significant compared to what we lose. 




What do you like most about the Waldorf philosophy?

What I like most is that it gives great weight to the importance of relationships. And not just among people, but between the Earth and nourishment, or caring for sheep and spinning wool which will yield clothing, or between our own heart, head, and hands. With attention to these relationships, I feel one is less likely to take things for granted and truly appreciate the work that something required to be here in our world. 



Tell us about your favorite item in your shop and describe your process in designing and making it.

I made a steam-bent maple ring a while back to replace my wedding band which I lost somewhere in the back yard while playing with the kids. It is far from perfect, but not bad for a first try. I have recently begun to give this craft a lot of attention and can say these rings are my new favorite creations. Designing has been a lot of fun – there are so many different woods, there seems to be no end to the ways in which to combine them. Some rings have liners, some have wood inlay, some stone inlay, and some have designs carved into the surface. And they’re all done by hand, without power tools.




Ian has a second Etsy shop, called The Acorn Cap, in which he sells Waldorf-inspired wooden toys. Both shops are eco-friendly businesses. All the woods used are sourced from a local "Mom and Pop" sawmill that obtains its lumber responsibility from a small 25 mile radius of the mill. Bending the bands uses steam -- just heat and water -- and an eco-friendly finish, derived from whey, is used.

Ian is generously offering to one lucky A Life Sustained reader their choice of a Bentwood Band! All you have to do to be entered in the random drawing to win is leave a comment on this post. Comments will be closed in the evening of April 28 and a winner announced shortly thereafter.

Get two additional entries! First, you can add Bentwood Bands to your Etsy favorites. Second, you can share this giveaway via Twitter or Facebook. Be sure to leave a comment for each "extra" so they can be counted.

And the lucky winner is...

Baby by the Sea
"Thank you so much for the introduction to this creative maker and his amazingly-creative products. Wow, could the bunnies (and their hutch) be any cuter in the Acorn Cap? My husband is a lineman, so he can't wear metal to work. I've always wanted to get him a wooden ring. Lovely.."

Thanks Bentwood Bands!

79 comments:

  1. Love those headbands. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  2. I love his story and the items!

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  3. Thank you so much for the introduction to this creative maker and his amazingly-creative products. Wow, could the bunnies (and their hutch) be any cuter in the Acorn Cap? My husband is a lineman, so he can't wear metal to work. I've always wanted to get him a wooden ring. Lovely..

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  4. What beautiful items. Just popped over and visited both 'shops', so much lovely stuff!

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  5. What beautiful work! I've always loved unique headbands - these are tops! I also love the wooden rings - what a great idea!

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  6. Shared on facebook and liked on Etsy - thanks for the chance to win one of these!

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  7. beautiful bands... thanks for giving some away!

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  8. What beautiful bands. I'm always amazed at how wood can be 'trained' in the bentwood process. Thanks for a lovely giveaway.

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  9. Amazing headbands. lnb1191(at)aol(dot)com

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  10. Amazing -- the rings and the headbands are stunning. (Going to look at the toys, too).

    Liked on Etsy!

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  11. thanks for this giveaway!
    gkuroda(at)gmail.com

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  12. hearted shop on etsy
    gkuroda(at)gmail.com

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  13. Beautiful pieces! Thanks for the chance to win :)

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

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  14. They are gorgeous. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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  15. I hearted the etsy shop -- username bokononist

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

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  16. My daughter wears headbands a lot! This would be beautiful on her!

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  17. I added Bentwood Bands to my etsy faves! katy010305

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  18. Tweeted! https://twitter.com/#!/KatyLMA/status/195531617425563648

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  19. Amazing headbands. I would love to wear them. Thanks:)

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  20. Thanks for the chance to win the simply beautiful headband! If I won, I would give it to my daughter to wear to school.
    Zoe0825(at)verizon.net

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  21. Those headbands are lovely!

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  22. Nice to see some use for left over wood that is so pretty.
    rierie11booger (@) yahoo.com

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  23. I love your use of nature, thanks for the giveway.

    k_rampersasd03(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. I liked Bentwood on Etsy.

    k_rampersad03(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. How cute are those?!? I love wooden stuff, especially accessories!
    I'm going to follow this blog and like them on etsy.
    Thanks!-Cassie
    butterykittens@yahoo.com
    I'm also hosting a giveaway, its for natural tea tree shampoo/conditioner, it ends may 1st, you should all enter!
    http://dailydirtydiaper.blogspot.com/2012/04/natural-biokin-tea-tree-shampoo.html

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  26. I checked out both stores and fell in love with the wooden piggies!! But I would wear the headbands all the time. Please enter me into the giveaway

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  27. Added Bentwood Bands to my favorites on esty as magspie0

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  28. Tweeted about your giveaway
    https://twitter.com/#!/magspie0/status/195632059681742849

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  29. My daughter squealed when she saw these.
    lane dot family@yahoo.com

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  30. How lovely. Hope I win.

    sparmeland(at)optonline(dot)net

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  31. My sister would love these headbands, especially the Wildflower Headband - Hardwood Walnut / Maple. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

    serenap95(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  32. I added the shop to my favorties
    serenap95
    serenap95(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  33. how gorgeous. love it! eclairre(at)ymail(dot)com

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  34. Lovely headbands. I favorited the shop and I'm adding to my Twitter! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  35. These are so lovely and what a creative concept! I think my most favorites are the Sappling Wooden Headband and the Fully Flowers Headband. Thanks for the generous giveaway

    Jesselyn A/Jesstinger(Jesselyn on Etsy)
    Jessterlyn(at)aol(dot)com

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  36. Etsy "hearted/favorited" the Bentwood Band shop (Jesselyn on Etsy)(also added the Shop to my Etsy Circles)

    jessterlyn(at)aol(dot)com

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  37. (Did both)SHARED on Facebook (Jesselyn Andersyn) and Tweeted -
    Here is the Twitter link:
    https://twitter.com/#!/Jesstinger/status/195757925338324992

    jessterlyn(at)aol(dot)com

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  38. Beautiful headbands! I'll definitely be looking through the shop after I enter this contest!

    contactlillea at gmail dot com

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  39. Favourited the shop on Etsy. My name on Etsy is Lillea

    contactlillea at gmail dot com

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  40. tweet


    https://twitter.com/#!/LilleaRaychel/status/195793840047800320

    contactlillea at gmail dot com

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  41. What a beautiful headband!
    mframe00@gmail.com

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  42. What beautiful headbands! Thanks for the chance to win one!
    nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

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  43. I added Bentwoods Bands to my Etsy favorites as maybaby522.
    nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

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  44. shared on Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/#!/maybaby522/status/195888704521383936
    nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

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  45. Such pretty headbands, I'd love to win them for my daughter :)

    Nury77 at live dot ca

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  46. Added bentwood bands to my faves on Etsy.

    Nury77 at live dot ca

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  47. tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/#!/daer0n/status/195899528212262912

    Nury77 at live dot ca

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  48. Thanks for the giveaway!
    hrddiana556@gmail.com

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  49. Their absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for this great giveaway!

    AndreaH
    davandihamilton (at) gmail (dot) com

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  50. I added Bentwood Bands to my Etsy favorites (davandidesign - Andrea).

    AndreaH
    davandihamilton (at) gmail (dot) com

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  51. I tweeted.

    https://twitter.com/#!/andreacouponz/status/195908441443807233

    AndreaH
    davandihamilton (at) gmail (dot) com

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  52. What a beautiful headband, and I love to support eco-friendly businesses.
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

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  53. How beautiful! Thanks for the chance!

    alittleumbrella (at) live (dot) com

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  54. I "HEART" them on Etsy

    My Etsy ID is: ultraviolet3

    alittleumbrella (at) live (dot) com

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  55. I shared on Facebook.

    https://www.facebook.com/a.little.umbrella/posts/299873586758518

    alittleumbrella (at) live (dot) com

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  56. These are beautiful thank you for the chance to win!
    savannahm1987@gmail.com

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  57. Beautiful!
    www.raspberrycappuccino.com

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  58. I hearted the shop.

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  59. Love the hairband!
    niuniuzheng at gmail dot com

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  60. Would love to win this - very beautiful
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

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  61. added Bentwood Bands to my Etsy favorites
    beewbedard
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

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  62. http://www.facebook.com/brenda.witherspoonbedard/posts/412959505395148
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

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  63. These are so beautiful!
    Allibird1 at aol dot com

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  64. I added Bentwood Bands to my Etsy favorites (AllisonMarie80.)
    Allibird1 at aol dot com

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  65. Tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/AMLewis2003/status/196057386585305089
    Allibird1 at aol dot com

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  66. Would love to win!
    beckymarie621 at gmail dot com

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  67. Added to faveorite of etsy

    beckymarie621 at gmail dot com

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  68. krisj_27@hotmail.com

    AWESOME! Such a cute idea and eco-friendly! LOVE IT!

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  69. What a beautiful headband! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

    megnate at telus dot net

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  70. Very beautiful. I'm always on the lookout for gorgeous headbands!

    hrfarley at gmail dot com

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  71. My girls would love those headbands. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  72. Shared giveaway on twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/sue345678/status/196271353136021505

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  73. Added add Bentwood Bands to your Etsy favorites http://www.etsy.com/people/sueking4?ref=si_pr

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  74. Those headbands are absolutely beautiful ~ thanks for a great giveaway.

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  75. https://twitter.com/#!/Quantmlife/status/196307855530405888
    tweeted

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