Nature lovers listen up! With glasses made from wooden frames, it’s “back to the roots” this season – in the truest sense of the word. After all, eyewear made of wood owes its quality and beautiful appearance to precious timber.
How are wooden glasses made?
Contrary to what you might expect, wooden eyewear isn’t carved out of a single piece of wood. Solid wood glasses would be too fragile and with time would crack. Even though it’s possible to create them, they wouldn’t last long with normal usage.
To prevent real-wood glasses frames from cracking over time due to changing temperature and humidity, the material of choice is usually veneer wood. This material is no less valuable than wood cut from one piece. Artisans make veneer by layering thin sheets of wood on top of each other, with the grain travelling in different directions, and joining them with glue. The glasses are then carved out of these veneer panels. This type of wood makes the glasses much more stable and durable.
The wood itself can be obtained from local materials such as walnut wood or rosewood. But also non-European woods such as black or black-striped ebony, which is considered to be particularly precious, are used for dark wood sunglasses or glasses. Things get particularly exotic when you use tropical woods like zebrano or bamboo. Bamboo sunglasses not only consist of a very fast growing sweet grass, but also look sweet 😉
Why pick wooden sunglasses?
With no one piece of wood the same, your wooden glasses will be entirely unique. The strong material of wood veneer also means your glasses are durable.
Wooden glasses reduce the use of plastic. Plastic is usually non-biodegradable and, if you one day throw it away, will not break down in the environment. On the other hand, wood veneer is natural, biodegradable and eco-friendly. Especially since veneer uses every part of the tree and doesn’t let anything go to waste!
Handmade wooden glasses are also very comfortable. An impressively light material, they are carefully sanded until they have a smooth surface. Real wood simply feels “warmer” than, for example, comparatively cold stainless steel or other metal.
How much do glasses with wooden frames cost?
Just as with fingerprints, no two wood grains are alike, so you can be sure that your wooden glasses have a truly individual frame that is unique in the world. But this unique design also has its price. Since the wooden layers of veneer are often joined by hand before they are cut out and further processed by hand, there are many hours of work in each model. Thus, the pricing reflects the high quality of each unique pair of wooden glasses and, based on the models we offer, ranges from around £70 to £300.
One brand that offers women’s and men’s wooden glasses at affordable prices is Wood Fellas. Although the Munich-based company also offers other wooden accessories, they lead the trends in the field of wooden eyewear. Since 2012, they offer handmade wooden sunglasses and prescription glasses in all shapes and colours to suit any style or outfit, from skater to office suit. Of course, all models provide maximum UV protection.
If you want as light-weight a frame as possible, you can also choose Wood Fellas glasses or sunglasses with wooden arms and light plastic temples (or vice versa). For example, Wood Fellas’ unisex wooden sunglasses called Lehel are made of wood and plastic. For those looking for a little more colour, check out the Wood Fellas Haidhausen. Made of wood and acetate with gold, colour-gradient lenses, the Haidhausen sunglasses attract everyone’s attention and offer subtle protection against direct, intrusive glances.
If you want a little more privacy, you’ll also find wood sunglasses with mirrored lenses in our shop. Here, Prada impresses with square sunglasses made of mixed materials. In our online store, we also offer natural glasses made of composite materials that combine the best of both worlds. Curious to see more glasses made of wood? Take a look at our wooden sunglasses here and our wooden glasses here.