Sunglass frames made from whiskey barrels

Portland's Shwood -- a manufacturer of wooden eyewear -- offered a (now sold-out) limited run of wooden sunglass frames made from Bushmills whiskey barrels. I toured the Bushmills distillery in the 1990s (top tip: volunteer to do the whiskey tasting at the end!), and was struck by the fact that these amazing barrels' only afterlife was being "turned into rubbish bins by a man from the town." Good to see that these storied casks are finding more imaginative third lives.

Shwood has joined forces with BUSHMILLS Irish Whiskey and Boston, MA boutique, Bodega on a limited run of Shwood's "Canby" frame style, crafted from genuine BUSHMILLS Irish Whiskey barrels. Limited to 100 pieces, the White Oak used for the frames dates back over 100 years. The eyewear is packaged in a custom wooden whiskey crate, with a crowbar to pry it open and get the goods.

Based in Portland, Oregon Shwood creates handcrafted wooden eyewear using fine exotic hardwoods. Shwood's in-house manufacturing process merges precision technology with classic skilled craftsmanship to create a timeless art form. Every step from veneering and precision lens cutting, to shaping and finishing is conducted in our own Portland-based workshop to promise an entirely handcrafted eyewear piece.

Shwood | Wood Sunglasses | Projects (via Core77)


  1. I can’t afford a pair of Whiskey Sunglasses so I guess I’ll just have to stick to Beer Goggles.

  2. Loads of old wine, port, whiskey and bourbon barrels are being reused by beer brewers to age some pretty fantastic beers in.  

  3. I just bought the Shwood zebrawood Canby sunglasses two weeks ago.  They are light and comfortable.  The shape/style is similar to RayBan Wayfarers, but they are expensive at ~$175.  The wood on the inside of the nosepiece is a little rough, if you’re looking for an excuse not to buy, but I’m sure either repeated wear or light sanding will take care of that.  They do draw a lot of attention, so don’t buy them if you’re trying to be incognito.   On the plus side, they seem pretty sturdy and provide good function in their intended use.  The brown polarized lenses haven’t scratched on me yet, despite a bit of (unintentional) rough handling.

  4. I’ve checked out their glasses before, and I would have loved a pair of these, despite the extravagant price, but they’re sold out already. Buggerit!

  5. It’s a cool idea, but putting the glasses in a wooden crate is a bit OTT, isn’t it?

    Based in Portland, Oregon …

    Aah, I think I get it now.

  6. I destroyed my pair of Shwoods in less than two months by merely dropping them. I’m not usually a dunce when it comes to my gear, but they’re stupendously brittle when compared to a pair of wood prescription glasses I had, the difference being that those were lacquered. 

    1. In your considered opinion, should I lacquer my pair?  I have the tools, knowledge and inclination to do so if it will make a significant difference.

      1. A light lacquer could help. Epoxy is even better but is more likely to ruin the aesthetics. Look into it, because where it is most likely to make first contact with the ground when dropped (bottom of lens mount) is the most brittle part of the design. 

  7. It has been a while since I’ve wanted something so bad. I’m glad they are sold out…

  8. I just had a friend die from liver failure as a direct result of chronic drinking. Kinda tired of the hipster marketing on alcohol.

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