As a manufacturing medium, wood is making a comeback. After years in purgatory—cast aside in favor of abstruse alloys and composites—wood has lately become the favored material for companies and craftsmen on both coasts and all points between. That figures. Wood is warm and natural. Wood is durable. And wood often looks even better after you’ve beaten it up. Etsy remains the ultimate repository of small-batch wooden goods. But beyond that site’s wares, here are 10 of the coolest new work and lifestyle accessories manufactured from wood.
GROVEMADE MAPLE MONITOR STAND
Glance around your office or coffee shop, and you’ll see how days spent hunched over phones and craning toward computer screens can take their toll on a person’s posture. Elevating your monitor to eye level can keep you from slouching. And that’s exactly what this handsome monitor stand does.
NATIVE UNION CLIC WOODEN IPHONE CASE
It’s not the most-durable phone protector on the market. But it’ll secure your device from most dings and drops, and its tough to beat those looks. There’s also something sweetly ironic about wrapping one of your most technologically advanced gizmos in an emphatically old-school material.
HOUSE OF MARLEY LIBERATE XL HEADPHONES
Sure, the wood featured in these cans is more decorative than functional. But it’s hard to make high-performance headphones with wood. The wood used is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which means it comes from sustainable and responsively managed sources.
VERS 2Q SPEAKER
Crafted from a solid hunk of either ash or walnut, the Vers 2Q is about as wood-ified as a speaker can get. The integrated Bluetooth is handy, but it also comes with a headphone jack adapter if you still have half your music catalogue on an older MP3 player.
SHWOOD GOVY SUNGLASSES
This Portland, Oregon-based shop hopped on the wood train early, and it has paid off in a big way. While their all-wood frames are fun if you’re trying to stand out in a summer crowd, they also make shades that feature more understated wood accents. Even if you aren’t into their sunglasses, a site visit is worth your time just for the weird, mesmerizing autoplay clips of models sporting their shades.
WOODCHUCK WOOD MONEY CLIP
This walnut-wrapped stainless steel clip keeps you cash stylishly secure. Made in Minneapolis from sustainably sourced wood, it will quickly assume a distinctive hand-worn look thanks to the natural oils on your thumbs and fingertips.
GOODWOODNYC RETRO CONTROLLER CLOCK
An homage to an antiquated technology built using an even more antiquated material. There’s something comforting and profound about this nonsensical Nintendo controller clock. Ditto this cartridge coaster set.
GROVEMADE WALNUT PHONE DOCK
Give your peripatetic charging cord a nice home with this solid, streamlined charging dock. It’s only available for Apple phones, unfortunately, which is a bummer for about 3 percent of the people reading this.
LUNO ORCA WATCH
Let’s be honest here: A wood watch is more a once-in-a-while style statement than an everyday timepiece. For that reason, you want something affordable and eye-catching. This offering from Luno checks both boxes,
LSTN BOWERYS EAR BUDS
The noise-dampening buds offer crisp, resonant sound in a lightweight package. The included nylon-wrapped cords are also a big upgrade over traditional tangle-inclined wires. If you need another excuse to buy them: LSTN donates a portion of sales proceeds to a charity that supports the hearing impaired.