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/
 

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!

 

By Al Morrison

Scattered across the Pennsylvania landscape are fallen treasures… Black Cherry trees that have succumbed to Mother Nature’s powerful forces and laid rest on the forest’s floor. Most would overlook the value of a fallen tree, but not Wood Ya Products. The end of one tree’s life is the beginning of our story.

Each year we walk through the dense forests of Northwest Pennsylvania in search of fallen timber to give a tree once left for dead, a second life. It’s a powerful feeling when you take something in its rawest form and turn into something useful and practical. We’d like to share how we do it.

It starts with a reclaimed cherry tree, first cut into logs and then milled into boards for drying. Drying can take up to a year, done naturally in a solar kiln without the aid of chemicals and accelerants.

Once dry the wood must be straightened, planed down, and shaped into workable boards… and then finally veneered into thin slices of wood. This process is completed in our shop in Fenton, Michigan.

Hand sketches and renderings are then transformed into computerized vectors and tool paths, which slice the cherry veneer into the shape of our sunglasses with high precision.

Gluing is critical to the strength of our sunglasses, with each pair having over 5 plys of veneer glued and shaped together.

Far from finished, each pair of sunglasses requires a tremendous amount of sanding and finishing, where detail and feel are two qualities that are never sacrificed. Stained and finished to perfection, our sunglasses are waterproof and sweat proof.

We then match each pair of sunglasses with high quality nickel hinges which include a double spring feature, allowing each pair of sunglasses to fit your head just right. And most importantly, we never take shortcuts when it comes to high quality optics. Every pair of Wood Ya sunglasses comes with the highest quality Coppertone polycarbonate polarized lenses made by Vision Ease, which are made in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

It’s amazing it all begins with a fallen tree, and we’re proud to be doing something that’s different. Wood Ya Products is more than just wood products… its people using renewable resources to embody the true meaning of sustainable and ecofriendly.

By Al Morrison

Wood Ya Products is a family run woodworking business... but we're not your typical woodworkers! Our mission is to produce a 100% sustainable product that is Eco-Friendly and one of a kind. Each of our products is handcrafted from Black Cherry lumber that has naturally fallen on our property in Pennsylvania. We walk through to the woods in search of fallen timber, cut the trees into logs, mill each log into boards, and allow the wood to naturally dry in a solar kiln. Once the wood is dry, we handcraft each wooden product from scratch in our shop in Fenton, Michigan. We are proud to make our products in the USA and we try to source all of our materials from the closest suppliers in the USA! (Below is a picture of Al harvesting a tree in Pennsylvania. *The tree is a beech tree, not a black cherry).

We currently handcraft three unique wooden products: Wooden Sunglasses, Woodgrams, and Wooden Business Cards. Each of our products has a specific purpose -- our sunglasses float, our business cards will not deteriorate or crumble, and our Woodgrams combine pictures and framing all in one. The goal behind all of our products is to use wood in abstract and unique ways.


The idea for Wood Ya Products started in the summer of 2013. The founder, Al Morrison, was in the shower brain storming ways to make sunglasses float. Just days before, his brother, Chris, had a pair of sunglasses fall victim to the depths of Silver Lake. So the question was: how do you make sunglasses float without the bulky foam or hollow plastic? The answer was WOOD!


The very next day Al purchased a 1-month membership at the TechShop in Detroit. There he was able to learn about the necessary tools and machinery it would take to build a pair of wooden sunglasses. In a month's time, Al had some basic prototypes completed and the race to get a finalized product was on! From start to finish, it took approximately 3 months to design and prototype sunglasses to get our first sale. (Below is a picture of the first pair of "finished" Wood Ya sunglasses).

However, from day one Wood Ya Products has been about more than just wooden sunglasses. Our goal is to produce unique wood products that are both functional and sustainable. That's where some of our other products come into play. The business cards were pretty simple: Al and Chris needed something to pass out to people about the new business and instead of buying the same generic business cards that everyone throws away, we decided we should make our own! 


Our newest product is called a Woodgram. A "woodgram" is a solid piece of black cherry lumber that has a picture perfectly etched onto the surface. We add a variety of customized text and edge finishes to combine both pictures and framing in one! While a typical picture will fade over time, our Woodgrams are made out of black cherry, so the natural wood color will deepen as it ages to give any picture a crisp finish for life!


We've learned a lot in the past few months about starting up a new business -- from selecting the right website provider, to working with suppliers, and building our brand. Our biggest challenge so far has been managing our time! Starting a business is a demanding task but we've learned so much in a short amount of time the journey has definitely been worth it!
For more about the History of Wood Ya Products and where we get our wood, click here!