Wood Plugs


Cherry Burl, traditional flare

Curly Cherry, concave

Cherry Burl, thick tunnels

Cherry, concave

All plugs are vegan.

All plugs are made from recycled or reclaimed lumber.

Exotic woods are available upon request.

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All plugs are custom ordered through email or in person and you can find a small selection at all of Dark Side craft events or the Bristol Flea Market. Every stained pair gets two colour choices, making them reversible wear for a different appearance.

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Happy customers showing off their plugs. Send photos to Matt or tag @darksideofthewood #darksideofthewood on social media pages to be added to the gallery. We love seeing our products in use, especially in everyday scenarios!

We specialize in custom made plugs for healed ears and prefer that you (or have us) take measurements of your best fitting pair, as the industry has different tolerances (depending on maker and material). Natural, unstained plugs are available as well as tunnels and any other shape, inlay, or design you desire. I do NOT combine resin in my jewellery or work with stone, so here is a list of reputable artists:


For wood plugs with resin based inlays including wood and stone:

Josh Hensley or Mars Stanley


And the following stone artists for high quality stone plugs and body modification jewellery:

Shane Von Ranniger of The Piercing Shop in Las Vegas

Avery Homer of Austin Plug and Tunnel, co in Austin, TX

Jimmy Pops of Plugs on Plugs in Huntsville, AL

Jagger South and Pax of Red Fern Adornments in Portland, Oregon

Water Based Dye

Colours

Plethora of custom water based stains to choose from. Each pair comes with 2 colours. This gives the client 4 wearable options. You just don't get that option from silicone, acrylic or steel!

Customize

Order custom stains with a personalized box for a very unique gift. Made from scrap lumber, the boxes are designed to hold the plugs with a cloth liner, and hinged with a steel rod and neodymium magnets.

Solid Pearl Inlay

Layout

Solid mother of pearl cut by hand and laid out on a custom order for a traditional flare set of curly koa.

Routing

Channels carefully hollowed out with a dremel and a small rotary bit. The remaining area is chiseled out by hand to make a very clean, seamless inlay. Glued in place with CA glue.

Polishing

These are polished with carnauba wax on the face for durable protection over time. Plugs come with a 1 year warranty on finish and will be buffed for free if sent back during that time.

Shaping

Cutting and filing to desired shape. Any shape can be done in a variety of materials, including wood.

Inspecting

Tilting in the light to inspect the CA glue for flatness. This is a technique to ensure the buffing will produce desired results.

Order

Contact Matt for your custom set of plugs. There are a variety of shell materials as well as exotic woods to choose from.