Welcome To Gordon's
Manufacturing & Test Facility
I thought I would share a behind the scenes look so you
might understand the hard work, time and artistry that goes into
making you one of my stainless steel rings. I hope you enjoy this
||I begin with a solid rod of stainless steel. It has to
be cut from a solid stainless steel rod sized to the individual who is to
wear the ring. I use a metric rule to make it as close to the size
of the emblem I am using. This insures that you do not have too much
extra ring stock to make the ring uncomfortable. A lot of time
went into perfecting this process.
||Drilling a starting hole before taking it to the lathe is
laborious and time consuming. For those who do not know,
regular structural steel can take about 36,000 pounds per square inch of
tension before giving. Stainless steel is an alloy that is combined
with cobalt which increases it's tensile strength to 88,000 pounds per
square inch. Now we are ready to lathe the hold to your individual
||This is the "master's station." The
grinding and shaping is all done by hand on these two wheels. In
addition, the Dremel drill is used to "take off the rough
and superfluous" parts of stainless steel. <smile>
After this step the hole must be finely sanded and then polished.
All this is done "before" any special designs for the Big
Man's, Shrine, Ultimate or any special ring is done. All that
is hand cut and re-polished.
Not to give away all my trade secrets and artistry I am showing you only one
more photo. This is to give you confidence in the adhesive I use. It
took several years of research to come up with just the right formula to use on
stainless steel in all temperature conditions. As they say, a
picture is worth a thousand words.
These rings have been glued together since June of 2000. They are
still holding after being exposed to all weather conditions.
My emblems used to come off at a rate of 1/2 of 1% of all
rings. Now I almost never have an emblem fall off. This is due
to spending a summer working with Loctitie's chemist's to get just the
rights formula. I am very proud of my rings and am certain you will
enjoy your ring. This is just a view of behind the scenes so you
know why it takes a few weeks to get your ring to you.
Thank you for your interest. Gordon Spurlock
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