TV made from wood

One2ten - Ten of the most unusual wooden products ever made

We select ten of the most bizarre items to have been made out of wood.

  1. You would have thought that plastic would be the material of choice for a modern TV, but not according to Swedx. Although they do manufacture more conventional sets, their most striking offering is a 40in LCD TV made from wood. The TV is manufactured from natural wood and its high-precision technology makes the XV1-40 one of the thinnest LCD-TVs in the world. This model comes with an in-built digital tuner offering up to 50 channels.
  2. US-based WEwood fashions wooden timepieces from mostly scrap-wood, with state-of-the-art Miyota movements for the innards, resulting in a unique watch that’s handsome, earth-friendly, and splash-proof. Their first timepiece was designed in Florence, Italy, two years ago and by combining the modern craving for nostalgia allied with an eco-friendly ethos – they partner with American Forests to plant trees – they hit success with their avant-garde approach to sophisticated sustainability.
  3. The Splinter supercar is a high-performance, mid-engine supercar from wood composites built as a graduate project at North Carolina State University. Wood was used wherever possible, including the chassis, body, and large percentages of the suspension components and wheels. The car weighs 2,500lb with a power output of over 600 horsepower. Unlike some of the other examples, they weren’t trying to sell anything, save the world or advocating that everyone should drive a wooden car. It was just a scholastic endeavour to explore materials, learn, teach, share ideas, and stimulate creativity.
  4. The ethos behind the wooden turbines is that they can be built by hand. Almost no electricity is required to construct any parts, except for a small amount of welding. This means that they can be built and fixed anywhere in the world. For performance, the shape of the blades is absolutely critical. They are complex shapes, built in four stages. An important part of their ethos is to make them with hand tools, avoiding electricity where possible. The blades are carved using tools called a spoke shave and draw knife.
  5. When you think of scooters it is hard not to think of Mods with flashing chrome and wing mirrors. But this wooden Vespa is handcrafted like fine furniture by Carlos Alberto. He came across a Vespa that was in complete disrepair, so he gutted it and carved a body from wood, which he then coated in a multitude of beautiful steam-moulded veneers with stunning results.  
  6. It’s a bulb... but not as we know it. This clever lamp is shaped like a giant lightbulb and houses, well, a lightbulb. Designed by Barend Hemmes, it’s made from laser-cut wood, which leaves a crisp burned edge and creates a satisfying, waffle-like glow. Either hung from the ceiling or laid on its side, the Wooden Bulb will add a little tongue-in-cheek humour – as well as light – to any room.
  7. Stainless steel and shiny black devices all have their niche in our high-tech souls, but there are those among us who seek the organic feel of wood in our hands. Be it novelty or simply the result of a love of working with wood, the Russian craftsman who first designed this wooden mobile phone first took apart a new handset and, with painstaking patience, he carved out of apple tree wood not only the phone’s main holding case but also smaller cases for the other components including the phone’s battery and the antennae. In fact, everything except the buttons and screen is made of wood.
  8. Daniel Rozin, director of research at New York University, made four mechanical mirrors of various materials that all share the same behaviour and interaction. Any person standing in front of one of these pieces is instantly reflected on its surface. The mechanical mirrors all have video cameras, motors and computers on board and produce a soothing sound as the viewer interacts with them. The wooden mirror was built in 1999 and was the first mechanical mirror of the four. This piece explores the line between digital and physical, using a warm and natural material such as wood to portray the abstract notion of digital pixels.
  9. The wooden clothes of sculptor Fraser Smith are unlike anything you’ve ever seen. A very talented sculptor, Smith creates tromps l’oeil works using various soft wood essences. He specialises in carving the kind of things no one would ever believe could be created from wooden blocks, and manages to fool the human eye every time.
  10. Another watch, but this time the clockwork innards are also made from wood. This beautiful piece was made by Bronnikovs of the Russia Tsarist era, however not many survive and remaining examples can fetch over £10,000.

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