Friday, May 4, 2012

forget green thumbs - here's a wood thumb

by frédérik

I came across Wood Thumb at last year’s holiday edition of Unique LA. As eager as I’ve been to feature this neat little artisanal company, however, I’ve been holding off on account of a pending interview with one of the company’s founders. Since there seems to have been a breakdown in communications, I’ve decided to just go ahead and give you glimpse at Wood Thumb and their unique offering, with the hopes that the interview ship will eventually return to port.

And so, ladies and gentlemen, I give you: wooden ties.

Made from reclaimed wood originating from places like old barns, the ties start off as something like, say, a roof beam, that is cut, sanded, varnished, and otherwise gussied up into a lightweight and flexible sectional tie held together by an elastic cord that goes ‘round the shirt collar. At the Wood Thumb booth at Unique LA, I had the opportunity to try one out and – remember, I usually hate, hate, hate wearing ties – was absolutely impressed. It was lightweight as promised with beautifully finished wood. Best of all, I didn’t get that constricted feeling around the neck that I so dislike about ties.

I would have bought one, but my budget for the show went instead to buying my wife a little something nice.

The Wood Thumb Gang

Still, they're on my list of fashion accessories to covet, even though the pricing is rather odd. (Both large and small ties are priced at $36.) Reclaimed wood, human effort, made in's just the sort of ingenuity  we need. If ever I get that interview nailed down, I'll post it here. In the meantime, check out their website and keep an eye for them at a local event. They'll be at Unique LA on May 11th.

Note: Images borrowed under fair use from Wood Thumb's website. They'll be taken down by request. Etc.


Mica said...

Wow these are pretty awesome! Very unique look :)

It's like a statement necklace, but one that guys can pull off easily too :) Really like it.

Mandi said...

Such an unusual option for recycled wood but that's what makes it so interesting. The grain in the ties (1st image) looks stunning. A new way to get back to nature while completing a work week :)

I hope you're have a great weekend Frederik

~ Mandi

Frederik Sisa said...

Thanks for the comments, ladies. The differences in wood grain means that no two ties are identical, which makes each tie quite special.

Hope you're enjoying the weekend too! :)

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