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The wood-framed Sandwichbike is purchased flat-packed in a box, and is assembled by the bu...

Not long ago, we heard about how Dutch artist Jurgen Kuipers built a version of his Sawyer wooden-framed bicycle that could be sold flat-packed, like IKEA furniture. While that particular bike was intended as a one-off art piece, it turns out that we may soon be able to own a flat-packed wooden Dutch bike after all – the Sandwichbike, created by Amsterdam-based industrial design studio Bleijh, is now available for pre-order.  Read More

Woody Scorcher is handmade using steam-bent ash (Photo: Connor Wood Cycles)

An increasing number of bicycle manufacturers are proving that a bike doesn’t necessarily need to be built from metal, and cardboard, bamboo, and even plywood have all been used with apparent success. With this in mind, the latest unusual bicycle to pop-up on our radar is Woody Scorcher, by Denver-based Connor Wood Cycles – a wooden bike that aims to combine form and function into a rideable work of art.  Read More

The Sawyer is a lowrider cruiser bicycle, with a frame built from beech plywood

There was a time when wooden-framed bicycles were quite the oddity. While you still don’t see them much in stores, it’s now not that unusual to come across models such as the Lagomorph or Renovo’s duo bikes on the internet. The Sawyer, however, is a little different – it’s a lowrider cruiser bike, that’s quite obviously built from flat sheets of beech plywood.  Read More

Furnitecture: the Bunkie (Image: BLDG Workshop/608 Design)

You can erect a prefab shed in a remote field, but that doesn't make it a house. Mercifully, Nathan Buhler of BLDG Workshop and Evan Bare of 608 Design are more circumspect when it comes to their collaborative effort, the Bunkie. Talking to Gizmag, Buhler said that he thinks of the design more as a large product than as small-scale architecture. Effectively a spare room you can put in your yard, we think that's bordering on understatement.  Read More

Robbie Tilton's wooden mossy keyboard

Designed as a deliberate counterpoint to the cold metal, plastic and glass aesthetic of most modern technology, Robbie Tilton's take on Apple's wireless keyboard is instead fabricated from wood and moss. The production methods used are bang up to date, however.  Read More

The Sounder is an iPad and iPhone4/S stand and natural amplifier which promises to double ...

The Sounder is an iPad and iPhone 4/S stand and natural amplifier which promises to double the volume of the docked device. The Sounder contains no electronics or active elements and each amplifier is hand made from reused wood, and each is unique. The three versions of the Sounder which Sounder Industries offers include a model made from timber which originates from the iconic Coney Island Boardwalk.  Read More

SplinterBike designer and builder Michael Thompson has launched a special Quantum edition ...

Around about this time last year, we featured an all-wooden bike named SplinterBike that went on to be viewed by over 320,000 visitors to the Power of Making exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. A second version was used to set a new speed record for 100 percent wooden bikes in August 2011 and now the creator of both, Michael Thompson, has built a special SplinterBike Quantum (SBQ) edition for the 2012 London Olympics. A few design changes have been made to allow a variety of visitors to the Adain Avion event at the London 2012 Festival to mount up and ride an all-wooden bike for themselves, including adjustable seat height and a different gearing setup.  Read More

The Soundplane Model A computer music controller has a touch-sensitive walnut playing surf...

Even though touch-sensitive digital music interfaces like Roger Linn's LinnStrument offer users access to whole new worlds of sonic expression, there's still something very appealing about the feel of real wood beneath the fingers. The Soundplane Model A throws cold plastic playing surfaces out the window and presents players with 150 walnut keys incorporating patent-pending continuous capacitive sensing technology, for a computer music controller with the feel of an acoustic instrument.  Read More

Polish designer Stanislaw Ploski's Bonobo bicycle has a frame made from bent plywood

One of the nice features of some bent plywood chairs is the fact that they spring up and down, so they have some give when you first sit down in them. Well, Polish designer Stanislaw Ploski has taken that flex appeal, and applied it to a one-of-a-kind bicycle. Named Bonobo, the bike’s frame is made from curved, laminated layers of plywood.  Read More

Woodchuck and Co studio has built a detailed wooden model of Caterpillar 5230B Excavator (...

If you think that heavy construction machinery like a Caterpillar 5230B Excavator is an unlikely source of inspiration for a piece of art, then you obviously don't work for Michigan art studio Woodchuck and Co. The team there has built a highly detailed wooden model, or rather, a semi-working replica of the large machine, in 1/16th scale. The collector's piece is up for sale at US$35,900.  Read More

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