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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,Innovation | 4 Comments

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Most of our modern-day gadgets are swathed in plastic or other high-tech materials [2], and why wouldn’t they be? Plastic [3] is both cheap and easy to produce. But English Russia [4]‘s display of wooden [5] gadgets [6] shows that sometimes the most elegant items are the simplest.

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As you might suspect, wood-covered devices [7] don’t come cheap and never have. According to English Russia [8], wood-covered clocks [9] 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 [10] 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 [11]is usually reserved for construction [12] works, so its hard to find top-notch lumber for, say, a wood-covered computer [13] mouse. But we imagine if more electronic items [14]were covered in wood, users would be less likely to toss them in the trash [15]. Instead, we’d just return a product when it reached the end of its lifecycle [16], wait to see how nimble-fingered artisans reused the material to elevate the next tech trend and be grateful that the craft [17] of woodworking had lived to see another day.

Via English Russia [18] and Treehugger [19]

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URLs in this post:

[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/?p=26714

[2] high-tech materials: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/14/recycled-aluminum-soda-can-brooch/

[3] Plastic: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/18/eco-art-chris-jordans-gyre/

[4] English Russia: http://www.englishrussia.com

[5] wooden: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/20/paper-wood-stools-sit-lightly-on-the-earth/

[6] gadgets: http://www.inhabitat.com/category/green-gadgets/

[7] wood-covered devices: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/05/23/domestic-aesthetic-housewares/

[8] English Russia: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/02/27/russia-tower-worlds-largest-naturally-ventilated-building/

[9] clocks: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/07/daylight-savings-recycled-vinyl-clocks/

[10] antique: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/10/12/rebecca-sako-vintage-sequin-jewelry/

[11] wood : http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/25/housing-crisis-worlds-trees/

[12] construction: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/13/porcupine-building-cleared-for-construction-in-the-uk/

[13] computer: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/16/recompute-by-brenden-macaluso/

[14] electronic items : http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/12/11/apple-debuts-greenest-macs-ever/

[15] trash: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/24/sxsw-film-garbage-dreams/

[16] lifecycle: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/15/roland-cernats-energy-efficient-oriens-glider/

[17] craft: http://www.inhabitat.com/tag/industrial-design/

[18] English Russia: http://englishrussia.com/?p=2631

[19] Treehugger: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/04/really-cool-wooden-gadgets-from-russia.php

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