Napkin Rings

USS Shangri-La (CV-38)

Turning Type: Spindle
Turning Tools Used:
Spindle Roughing Gouge (SRG)
Parting Tool (1/8″)
Skew Chisel (1″)
Drill Bits (1-3/8″)
Finish: Walnut Stain, Mineral Oil


This napkin ring was given to my aunt’s father who was a ‘plank owner’ aboard the USS Shangri-La (CV-38). When I first saw this napkin ring I immediately wanted to turn one. Not only do I appreciate being able to recreate a part of history… I really like the design.

This is a case where form follows function. I’ve spent my share of time at sea and can appreciate the functionality of the flat section; however, the design aspect of it is what sets these rings off from traditional round napkin rings.


Wood: 8/4 Walnut
Mineral Oil:
Dri-Cote (Forstner Bit Lubricant):