Shwood Eyewear is a unique brand of sunglasses founded in Portland, Oregon. Shwood is specialized in making luxury frames from unusual materials such as wood, titanium, and slate. All Shwood sunglasses are cut, sanded, and assembled by hand. Read more about the Shwood collection, Shwood lenses, the history of the company, and the available wood types on this page.
The Shwood collection
The original Shwood collection consists of a number of remarkable wooden designs. There is an additional Shwood Select series based on the Shwood Originals, but made of different wood types and reinforced with a strong birchwood core. The wood used for both series comes from sustainable plantations and is selected by hand to ensure the highest quality and the most beautiful woodgrains.
Shwood: Zeiss lenses
All Shwood sunglasses are equipped with lenses by high-end producer Carl Zeiss. Zeiss is a world-famous brand known for its quality lenses. The beautiful brown and grey Zeiss lenses used by Shwood are made of polycarbonate and offer 100% protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays.
The history of Shwood
Eric Singer, the founder of Shwood, loves to let nature inspire him. The idea for the first Shwood design, the Canby, came from the North American Madrone, also known as the strawberry tree. This tree is found along the West Coast of America and has a beautiful reddish orange bark. Singer broke off a limb of the tree, and sawed it into a thin plate. He took a pair of tiny hinges from a small cabinet, and took the lenses out of an old pair of sunglasses to fit into his wooden frame. The result was a unique accessory. Encouraged by his friends, Singer decided to establish the Shwood studio and manufacture wooden sunglasses professionally.
The sawing, laser-cutting, sanding, assembly and packaging is all done in the Shwood studio in Portland. Because Shwood sunglasses are manufactured by hand by a small team of craftspeople the studio releases a relatively small number of sunglasses. Because each piece of lumber is unique, no two pairs of Shwood sunglasses are exactly the same. Each model has a unique grain.
The wood types used by Shwood
Shwood uses a number of beautiful wood types. Read more about the different wood types below and find out which one is the perfect match for you.
Walnut and Dark Walnut
The wood of the walnut tree (Juglans regia) is lighter or darker in hue depending on its origin. It is often used to manufacture wooden furniture, rifle stocks, and the dashboards of expensive cars. Flies and mosquitoes don’t like the smell of this wood, so you’ll often find walnut trees planted around farms.
Oak (Quercus) is a commonly used wood because it is relatively light, strong and hard. Oak is highly resistant to moulds and insects, so it is no wonder this wood is often used to make floorboards, furniture, and doors.
Zebrawood (Microberlinia brazzavilensis) is a light wood that gets its name from its striped appearance. The wood is a golden brown and is streaked with dark stripes. It is also remarkably strong and durable.
East Indian Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia) is a rare tropical wood and a luxury item. It is named after the rose because of the subtly sweet smell of the wood when cut. East-Indian Rosewood is hard, flexible, and very dark in colour.