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A behind the scenes look at Tiny Empire

Canadian Maple Wood Rings

Canadian Maple Wood Rings

From the very beginning, I knew that we were going to make Canadian wood products for our shop. 

Canadian-made is important to me because: 

  • It lowers our footprint, we don't need to transport goods through boat or air cargo
  • We can support local suppliers
  • It puts money back into our local economy

Making our wood products also comes from an innate passion of mine. I have a love for trees and nature. When I was just out of high school, I spent my summers in Northern Ontario planting trees. My idea of a good time is walking through a forest. My great uncle is a woodworker, my brother makes wooden sunglasses and my partner is a carpenter. My mom says I got this tree obsession from my Grandpa – he could tell you the name of any tree he saw. 

So naturally, I was drawn to making wood products for Tiny Empire. The wood rings were a labour of love. There were some tears, lots of late nights and many failures as I taught myself how to use a CNC machine and the design program behind it.

The Process

Why Hard Maple? It’s safe.

It’s non-splintering and very hard. Hard maple rates as 1450 on the Janka scale. This means it requires a force of 1450 lbs to embed an 11.28-millimetre steel ball halfway into a piece of wood.

It’s also safe because it inhibits bacterial growth. Maple wood uses capillary action to absorb bugs from the surface pores. Once bacteria are trapped inside the wood’s cells it suffocates, cut off from the oxygen it needs to survive.

The Process


So here we are - our maple wood rings are made in our woodshop in Ontario, Canada. Each ring is designed, cut, sanded and finished by us. They are buttery smooth and made to last. We source our Maple wood from a small mill in Ontario – it is beautiful, premium Maple. 

Oftentimes, I can even tell you how old maple is that we are using, for example, our last batch of rings were made from 50-year-old hard maple. 

I want you to have a rattle that becomes a keepsake, that you know was made with kind intention for precious hands. Shop our maple wood ring rattles here. 


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