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Handbags Made Of Wood Are Supple And Smooth [Pics]

Handbags Made Of Wood Are Supple And Smooth [Pics]
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Designers discovered a new technique that turns lumber into sewable textiles.

by Serena Chu
  • 29 october 2013

Design studio Tel Aviv created a collection of nature-inspired clutches that are each made of a single piece of raw lumber. After experimenting with several treatments like weaving and sanding, the designers, Orli Tesler and Itmar Mendelovitch discovered a new technique that lets them manipulate wood into different shapes using special incisions. They call it Wood Skin.

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By carefully slicing the piece of wood diagonally, they were able to uncover the weak spots of the material, which allowed them to make cuts that were only necessary for construction.┬áHaving mastered the technique, the designer began incorporate ebony, rosewood, walnut, and birch – materials that were picked for their bold vertical grain – into their design creations.

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The entire process is very complicated. After choosing the veneer, they need to scrub off the debris and soften the wood up. A layer of high-quality leather lining is added to give the clutch more support. According to Tesler, the finished product is quite durable.

Unless someone rams it with a car or drops it from the roof or sits on it, it will hold for what we believe will be a very long time.

It is interesting to see designers experiment with unconventional materials. This project might just be an alternative use for wood pieces that no longer serve a purpose.

Wood Skin

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