How tough are the products we make? Over a year ago Wood Ya made a custom sign for the Legacy Diving Club at Eastern Michigan University. A few weeks ago the custom sign unfortunately fell 2 stories to solid concrete. The good news, however, the sign was completely intact after the fall. We've since taken the sign back to refurbish it and make it look new again!
It's rewarding to take something in it's rawest form and turn it into something spectacular with just your hands. Follow along as we rediscover an age old trade and add a modern touch. Below, Scott uses a hand plane to level a section of reclaimed cherry lumber which will transform into a cutting board featuring a unique natural living edge.
Wood Ya Eyewear received a neat write up on how our business strives to be sustainable from Green Building and Design Magazine. We had the honor of making awards for GB&D featuring the most Powerful Women in Sustainability this past fall and they were kind enough to share a little bit more about Wood Ya Products and our mission. Check it out!
This past weekend we travelled to Morrison's Mill in Pennsylvania to pick up some wood for this winter. For over 12 months, reclaimed Maple and Cherry lumber has been drying in our homemade solar kiln. A solar kiln is a large shed like structure that allows wood to properly dry without the use of chemicals and electricity. During the day, a clear roof on the kiln allows sunlight to warm the inside of the kiln. Two solar powered fans draw air through the wood stack and keep the air inside the kiln as constant as possible. Even in the cold winter months and hot summer days, the solar kiln keeps the wood at fairly constant temperatures, allowing the wood to dry evenly and straight. Properly dried wood is very important for woodworking and a solar kiln is a great way to dry your own wood in a sustainable and eco-friendly process.
This is the first time we've brought back Maple lumber from our property and we're excited to use it this winter. Maple is a beautiful hardwood that will make some awesome sunglasses! Wood Ya Eyewear will now be utilizing two types of wood for sunglasses that are 100% reclaimed lumber from Pennsylvania, a feat few in our industry do. While visiting the mill, we were also able to plant walnut seeds on the property. Black walnut is a beautiful wood that we utilize at Wood Ya and hopefully in a few years down the road there will be some Walnut trees on the mill for our business. It might take 20 years for the trees to grow, but it is neat to be a part of a renewable product's life cycle from the start.
Enjoy some of the pictures below from our trip, check out our newest sunglasses, and help share our story!
Fully loaded! Maple and Cherry boards ready to be brought back to Michigan.
Welcome to Morrison's Mill
Wood stacked in our shop in Michigan... Hopefully it lasts us the winter!
By Al Morrison
Besides our eyewear, business cards, and woodgrams, the crew at Wood Ya Products likes to have fun with some side projects! Our latest challenge comes from the Tiki Shack in Madison, Wisconsin, requesting what we consider to be the world's largest sunglasses! These bad boys measure over 3 feet by 3 feet, and feature lightly tinted lenses. Swing by the Tiki Shack to check them out!
Have a project in mind you'd like us to conquer? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll make it happen!
Wood Ya Eyewear Sponsors 2014 U.S. Barefoot Waterski Team
By Al Morrison
It is with great pleasure to announce that Wood Ya Eyewear is sponsoring the athletes on the 2014 U.S. Barefoot Waterski Team! Starting March 11, 2014, twelve barefooters will represent the United States in Mulwala, Australia, for the 2014 World Barefoot Championships. Wood Ya Eyewear is a perfect fit for Team USA as these athletes are constantly training and competing on the water – a place where polarized lenses and floatability are two important features to have!
Moreover, sponsoring Team USA is a way for myself to give back to the sport that has played a major role in my life. As a member of two World Championship teams, numerous individuals and companies stepped up to help me and other teammates train, travel, and compete around the world. I am thankful for the support that I received when I was competing a few years ago so giving Team USA some eyewear swag was a no brainer!
The 2014 team has mix of veterans
and newcomers, which shows that barefooting features both longevity and growth. It's great to see a bunch of new names on the team this year! I was filled with great memories while making the sunglasses for the team.... When I was about 5 years old my dad was getting lessons from Peter Fleck! In 2005, Lee Stone opened up his home for our team to train in Texas leading up to the World Barefoot Championships in South, Africa. I recall many memories hanging with Scott and Teri Jones at tournaments (and during college)! And lastly Keith St. Onge, the coach who taught me some of the most challenging tricks in the sport, was both a great mentor and friend!
Below is a list of this years team. Wood Ya Eyewear would like to congratulate all who made the team and we wish you the best of luck in March as you compete for another World Championship!
Keith St. Onge
Coach: Lee Stone
Coach: Gary Bouchard "Swampy"
Coach: Scott Jones
Manager of the US Teams: Lauren St. Onge
Team Manager Mentor: Doug Koch