10 Amazing Russian Wooden Gadgets

Posted by infectedgenes Sunday, January 16, 2011 1 comments

Russian Wooden Gadgets

These days when people going to be more green such devices gain popularity. Russian author of wooden mice writes: “Wood, as the cover material for everyday appliances is almost not used nowadays. Plastics are cheaper, easier to produce, faster – they suit well for mass production. Real wood is still can be found from exclusive furniture producers (regular furniture is made from plywood or laminated sheets). Saw wood industry is also mainly oriented for the construction works, thus the wooden material is available on market is of worse quality. Technologies of producing beautiful things from wood suffered greatly. They are almost, not almost, just forgotten. Just some time ago people could make from wood the things that look like a miracle for a modern person. For example those Russian wooden clocks of the 19th century:”

Russian Wooden Gadgets

Such Russian clocks were produced by the Bronnikov family from Russia. For three generations they mastered their skills on crafting light-weight fully functional wooden pocket clocks. Such gadgets were true hit back then, among their customers there were Russian Tzars and other high society members. They were sending their samples to the international exhibitions of Paris and New York to make foreign people awe. The price of such wooden clocks exceeded of those of gold. Not many of those survived Russian revolution and communist reign. Those who did are a rare guest of antique shops priced at around $20,000 for each.

Russian Wooden Gadgets

Of course, in 21st century, Russian people don’t use hand knives to carve the computer accessory. This is being done by a high-precision computer controlled machinery. Though some think, the product can loose its hand-made feel because of that, the production speed still is a key factor nowadays which prevails on other arguments

Russian Wooden Gadgets
Russian Wooden Gadgets

So, the wooden mice is one of the examples of this forgotten wooden craftmanships coming back to life. This are a few photos from the process of making those. “The best thing about the wood that it is 100% compatible with the human”, is the main ideology of such projects.

Russian Wooden Gadgets
Russian Wooden Gadgets

The wooden bodies are made of different finewoods. Those on above are (left to right) from: ebony (Diospyros celebia), sapele (Entandophragma cylindricum) and merbau (Intsia palembanica).
Some other modern things in Russia where the wood is tried to be use as a substitute for the modern materials

Russian Wooden Gadgets

This guy in Ukraine removed all the exterior metal parts from the car and replaced them with wooden panels which are used for the floor parquet. He modified the car itself too, now it looks like a semi-cabrio – one part of it is without roof and another side is covered with a hard wooden roof.

Russian Wooden Gadgets

One Russian man builds new cases for mobile phones from apple tree wood. He fully disassembles the new devices and carve a piece-of-art wooden cases for them, each small part gets its own wooden case – the antenna, the sim-card, the battery.

Russian Wooden Gadgets

If you live in Russia you can get a wooden PC. Instead of all this boring plastic panels you get a masterpiece made of finest mahogany with each smallest detail precisely curved and polished. How do you like it?



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Response to "10 Amazing Russian Wooden Gadgets"

  1. Apple iPad 64GB wifi 3G Says:

    What? I gadget made upon of wood? that's cool were could I see some of the finish products?

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