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Wood-Covered Gadgets Take It Old School
Posted By Ariel Schwartz On April 30, 2009 @ 11:00 am In green gadgets | 4 Comments
Most of our modern-day gadgets are swathed in plastic or other high-tech materials , and why wouldn’t they be? Plastic  is both cheap and easy to produce. But English Russia ‘s display of wooden  gadgets  shows that sometimes the most elegant items are the simplest.
As you might suspect, wood-covered devices  don’t come cheap and never have. According to English Russia , wood-covered clocks  were popular in the 19th century among Russian Tzars and other well-off members of society. Few of the clocks survived the Russian Revolution and the Communist reign, and those that did are available in antique  shops for the steep price of $20,000. That hefty price tag still applies today and is likely the reason many wood craftsmen have given up their trade or reverted to other materials.
Quality wood is usually reserved for construction  works, so its hard to find top-notch lumber for, say, a wood-covered computer  mouse. But we imagine if more electronic items were covered in wood, users would be less likely to toss them in the trash . Instead, we’d just return a product when it reached the end of its lifecycle , wait to see how nimble-fingered artisans reused the material to elevate the next tech trend and be grateful that the craft  of woodworking had lived to see another day.
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 high-tech materials: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/14/recycled-aluminum-soda-can-brooch/
 Plastic: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/18/eco-art-chris-jordans-gyre/
 English Russia: http://www.englishrussia.com
 wooden: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/20/paper-wood-stools-sit-lightly-on-the-earth/
 gadgets: http://www.inhabitat.com/category/green-gadgets/
 wood-covered devices: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/05/23/domestic-aesthetic-housewares/
 English Russia: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/02/27/russia-tower-worlds-largest-naturally-ventilated-building/
 clocks: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/07/daylight-savings-recycled-vinyl-clocks/
 antique: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/10/12/rebecca-sako-vintage-sequin-jewelry/
 wood : http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/25/housing-crisis-worlds-trees/
 construction: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/13/porcupine-building-cleared-for-construction-in-the-uk/
 computer: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/16/recompute-by-brenden-macaluso/
 electronic items : http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/12/11/apple-debuts-greenest-macs-ever/
 trash: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/24/sxsw-film-garbage-dreams/
 lifecycle: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/15/roland-cernats-energy-efficient-oriens-glider/
 craft: http://www.inhabitat.com/tag/industrial-design/
 English Russia: http://englishrussia.com/?p=2631
 Treehugger: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/04/really-cool-wooden-gadgets-from-russia.php
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