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!

http://gbdmagazine.com/2014/web-wood-ya/
 

Fresh Lumber

November 03, 2014

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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 woodyaproducts@gmail.com and we'll make it happen!

By Al Morrison

Wood Ya Eyewear is excited to announce their newest eyewear dealer, Ink Mafia Tattoo and Clothing company! Located in downtown Bowling Green, Ohio, Ink Mafia will a great addition to our growing presence in Northwest Ohio. With the Bowling Green State University campus a few blocks away and 20 minutes south of Toledo, Ink Mafia is a great place for Wood Ya Eyewear to build it's brand!

Moreover, Wood Ya Eyewear is excited to be working with the talented artists at Ink Mafia to design and build some of the best sunglasses available! Keep an eye out on our Instagram @woodyaeyewear for awesome pictures of the Ink Mafia crew and their artistic abilities!

By Al Morrison

At Wood Ya Eyewear, we love action sports! This is the first of many posts that will feature athletes who are working hard to be the best at the sport they love. As Wood Ya Eyewear continues to grow, we'd like to create a team of athletes who embody the passion, dedication, and commitment to the sports they love.

Our first featured athlete is my brother, Chris Morrison. Chris does a lot of behind the scenes work for Wood Ya Eyewear while living out in California, orchestrating all our social media presence. If you've seen a picture we've posted, chances are Chris made it happen! As many of you know, Chris has been chasing a life long dream of becoming a professional motocross racer. Chris has elevated his training program to new levels this past winter, training with Ryan Hughes and the Ryno Power crew. We're proud of what he has accomplished, thankful for his help, and excited to see his dreams come true this summer! Check out this video of Chris and the hard work he has been putting in!

 

Chris Morrison - Day in the Life from JarodLangdon on Vimeo.

 

 

N3 Boatworks Teams up with Wood Ya Eyewear

By Al Morrison

Wood Ya Eyewear is excited to announce a new edition to it's dealers: N3 Boatworks! Located in Indianapolis, Indiana, N3 Boatworks is a premier Natuique dealership that will give Wood Ya Eyewear a great presence in the Midwest!

The timing is perfect with N3 Boatworks as this past weekend through February 23rd marks the Indianapolis boat show. A complete line of Wood Ya Eyewear sunglasses are on display at the N3 booth and are available for purchase or custom orders.

N3 Boatworks is actively involved in the watersports community and contributes to local events like the annual Lally's Boardbash, located on the Maumee River in Grand Rapids, Ohio. Our goal is to expand our sunglasses to watersports athletes and enthusiast who understand the benefit of floating eyewear! This makes N3 Boatworks a perfect match!

Wood Ya Eyewear looks forward to working with N3 Boatworks and promoting the growth of action watersports in the Midwest. If you're in the area make sure you swing by the Indianapolis boat show and checkout the N3 Boatworks booth, where you can checkout top of the line boats, hangout with pro wakeboarders, and try on a pair of Wood Ya's!

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!


Open Team
 Keith St. Onge
Codey Ebbert
Kailer Kohler
Chandler Cargile
Johnathan Martines
Peter Fleck
Jerry Kanawyer
Coach: Lee Stone 


Junior Team 
 Chandler Cargile
Brody Meskers
Will Rhea
Coach: Gary Bouchard "Swampy"  


Senior Team
Doug Jordan 
Teri Jones
Peter Fleck
Jerry Kanawyer
 Coach: Scott Jones


Manager of the US Teams: Lauren St. Onge
Team Manager Mentor:  Doug Koch

By Al Morrison

In December of 2013, Kyle Spriggs and his long-time friend Marcus Measimer made a trip up to the Wood Ya Shop in Fenton, Michigan, to start a short film project. The goal was to capture the sunglass production process and how we handcraft each pair of sunglasses, from scratch, in our shop. After hours of filming -- and days of editing -- Marcus has created a short film giving you an inside look at the Wood Ya Shop. The film is phenomenal and I can't thank Marcus enough for his hard work and time. Take a few minutes to enjoy this film and let us know what you think!