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August 22, 2009, 6:29 pm

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Carpenter's Ring


Made for a wealthy carpenter to ease his workload, those that have it can find other uses for it. Used to cut perfect holes in wood or create wood doll rods.

A wealthy carpenter commissioned a local wizard to create a tool for him. The wizard, being partial to such items he was accustomed to using himself, created the tool as a ring.

The ring caught on and a few of the more wealthy carpenters had their own ring made. The wizard started a lucrative business creating them throughout the land employing quite a few travelers to peddle his wares.

The tool is a resizable hole cutter. The use of the ring enables the carpenter to cut perfect diameter holes. Once the holes are made it, the ring can be resized to cut doll rods of any diameter the ring can be sized to. Can be matched for the doll to just fit inside a hole that is made to create a very tight fitting connection.

The ring can be placed on any wooden surface and cut a hole through it in the shape of the ring. The center part will remain solid in the shape of a doll rod.

Magical Properties:
To size the ring, the owner must put the ring on wood and hold one side while physically pulling the the other side to ‘stretch’ it to scale. The ring does not go oblong, it expands equally. It can change from 1/4 inch to 2 inches. It must me resized to the holders ring size to fit, it will not just form to the finger.

To activate the ring, the ring must be forcefully pushed into the wood until the magic takes over. The finger must push it in until it loses contact from the ring digging. If the finger is removed before the ring is all the way in the wood beyond reach the ring will stop. Once it starts it cannot be stopped. If it hits stone or any other material it will simply stop but be free so it can fall out if you are able to tip what was cut.

The ring will ‘dig’ its way through the wood till it falls out the other side thereby stopping the effect. It will not fall on another piece and continue digging. The ring will work in any direction, the key is to be able to press it for long enough for it to take hold and start digging on its own. Usually about 30 seconds depending on the density of the wood. It digs at a rate of one foot per minute.

A string may not be tied to it to retrieve it after it finishes a dig, it must be free at all times. Any restraints it will shed as soon as it starts on its own.

A side effect of the ring is that anything produced by trees can be lit on fire by applying the ring as you would to a piece of wood. Leaves, pinecones, pine needles, acorns, etc, all of them will catch on fire if the technique is applied to them.

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Ria Hawk
February 18, 2003, 0:21
This is a nifty item. Most people don't think about the mundane applications of magical artifacts. Possible PC applications: let the archer have one. Could make excellent arrow shafts, assuming one could find a large enough peice of wood. If they encounter a wooden door, window, trapdoor, wall, etc, and they need to know what's on the other side, instant spyhole. (Of course, how do they get the ring back?) This thing could also wreak havok on wooden weapons, such as staves. (Exactly how does a wizard cast a spell when his trusty staff has a large hole through it?) Might could also be used to bypass traps on treasure chests or doors; of course the problem of retrieving the ring remains. Sabotage. Need to prevent that wagon from leaving? Put a hole into a vital part of it. Might could be used to put a secret compartment into a wooden piece of furniture. And, then of course, it could be used as a firestarter.
January 28, 2006, 4:53
Arrow shafts are good idea. Don't forget the Longbows article, by the way.
December 5, 2012, 14:57
Only of you align the ring to go with the grain. Cutting at any other angle would result in a shaft far too fragile for use as an arrow.

Bolts with shorter, thicker shafts might be ok.

February 18, 2003, 6:41
Hmmm, a not-too-powerful magic improving life for common people. It is true: magic can be a substitute for technology.

Sooner or later, a similar design will be created: square. Rectangular shapes are often used, too.

A horrible use might be against a creature made of living wood. Is it secured against such a thing? Probably not. The creature would have to be restrained or unable to move, though.
August 19, 2003, 11:45
To extrapolate on Manfred's comment:
Ria I am afraid that the Wizard would not have his stave or other wooden weapon lie still for long enough to have a hole punched thru (remember you need to hold the ring there for at least around 30 seconds)

The spyhole application is dangerous to, as the ring will fall out on the other side and make a nice "ping" sound as it falls to the floor.
Making arrow shafts would be terrific... Provided the fletching is good and the arrow head is good, I think all arrows would be masterwork. (I would say +2 on the skill check in D&D terminology)

In general I do like the item a lot. Replacing technology by magic may lead to fun items.
August 27, 2005, 13:43
Now, has this got only 3 comments so far?

Voted Agar
August 27, 2005, 14:07
What more can be said? It's a full and complete item and posting and a great idea too. From siege engines to doors to putting holes in trees to gather sap, pretty much all facets of this has been discussed and praised.

It's a great item and should be a benchmark for all others.
Voted Dragon Lord
August 30, 2005, 9:33
You're right Agar - fully complete in of itself and needs no further comment - also a nice useful little item, just the sort of thing you could see being created - 5/5
Voted Cheka Man
November 13, 2005, 19:50
Dryads would hate this.Big versions could be used to break through wooden castle gates.
Voted Zylithan
November 27, 2005, 21:12
Great item, I love it. Mundane, but very useful if you're clever.
Voted Iain
June 18, 2006, 4:28
Everything that has been said has already been said. Excellent.
Voted Murometz
February 20, 2007, 12:06
veeeeery interesting! Not unlike Cap's Sinking Ring, but for wood in lieu of stone. Great item Strolen!! (never saw this one before)

sooo many nifty uses, as everyone has said!
Barbarian Horde
September 28, 2008, 20:01
Let it get a little bigger and it could probably punch out the lock from a door or chest. Even without that though, this item is spectacular.
Voted Nuchiha101
August 21, 2010, 0:11
This is a nice little enchanted item,
Voted Kassy
July 9, 2012, 11:04
This hits the spot for me!

Bump of Revival! Also known as a HoH.

Voted valadaar
December 5, 2012, 14:58
Woe be the ent that puts on this ring :)
Voted Dozus
November 21, 2016, 11:44
I want one.

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