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Different Types Of Bamboo and Wood Used To Make Sunglasses and Eyeglasses

Types of Bamboo and Wood Used To Make Sunglasses

Of all the woods I could talk about. Let's talk about the wood used in making glasses.

Sandalwood

Sandalwood Glasses

It is known to have a high class scent. Sandalwoods are heavy, yellow and fine-grained, and unlike many other aromatic woods, they retain their fragrance for decades.  

Sandalwood is the second-most expensive wood in the world, after the African Blackwood. The scent has a calming effect on the human spirit and is also called wolfberry.

 Ebony

Ebony Wood Glasses

Ebony wood is extremely hard, has a semi-permanent durability, is not easily attacked by fungi or insects. It is finely-textured and has a very smooth finish when polished, making it valuable as an ornamental wood. 

Black Ebony is one of the most valuable and expensive types of wood in the world; prized for its dark heartwood. Traditionally, Ebony blackwood has been used for charcoal, native carvings, combs, needles, cups and knife handles. Because of its high density, texture and waxiness, it is ideal for the production of woodwind musical instruments like clarinets and is a superior wood for holding the metal fittings of guitar fret boards. 

Rosewood

Rosewood Sunglasses

It is one of the most famous woods regardless of the times. The skin is fine, rather irregular, the grain intertwines deeply, it is very dense, shiny and gives a graceful impression.


It is heavy and durable, and it is used as the main material in China when building a palace. 

The  pre-eminent rosewood appreciated in the Western world is the wood known as "Brazilian rosewood", but also as "Bahia rosewood".  This wood has a strong, sweet smell, which persists for many years, explaining the name rosewood. 

Sham Persimmon

Sham Persimmon Glasses

Persimmon is native to eastern North America and known for its small, soft fruits that are suited to a variety of culinary uses. As a lumber, persimmon is a hardwood used for a number of recreation and specialty items. It comes from the family Ebenaceae, the same family as ebony.

The wood harvested from persimmons is a hard and strong wood. Color varies depending on the section of the sample. Wide pieces of sapwood appear pale yellow or tan, while thin pieces of heartwood are dark brown or black. The grain is generally even and fine, becoming more prominent with aging. Like the plant itself, the lumber version of persimmon has a number of aliases. American ebony, white ebony, bara-bara, boa wood, butterwood, possum wood and Virginia date palm are all other names used for persimmon.

Purpleheart

Purpleheart Sunglasses

Purple Heart originates in Central and South America, it is a very hard material. The trees are prized for their beautiful heartwood, when cut, quickly turns from a light brown to a rich purple color. Exposure to UV light darkens the wood to a brown color with a slight hue of the original purple.  The dry timber is very hard, stiff, and dense. Purpleheart is correspondingly difficult to work with. It is very durable and water-resistant. 

Zebrawood

Zebra Wood Sunglasses

Zebrawood is characterized by a  striped pattern that is reminiscent of a zebra. The wood exhibits a pale golden color and has a dark brown stripe pattern. It is a heavy, hard wood with a somewhat coarse texture, often with an interlocked or wavy grain, it is a beautiful wood. 

In the past, it was used in Cadillac and Mercedes Benz automobiles. Because of its hardness, it can also be used for skis and tool handles.

Bamboo

Bamboo is an evergreen flowering plant. The word bamboo comes from the term bambu, which was introduced to English through Indonesia and Malay. Bamboos are some of the fastest-growing plants on Earth with some types having reported growth rates of up to 3 feet in 24 hours. Bamboo can be a very sustainable crop; a fast growing grass, it requires no fertilizer and self-regenerates from its own roots, so it doesn't need to be replanted.

Walnut

Black walnut wood is dark, hard, dense and tight-grained. It's prized by woodworkers for its strength, grain and color. It polishes to a very smooth finish, and the color ranges from creamy white in the sapwood to a dark chocolate in the heartwood.

Over the years, natural walnut wood develops a lustrous patina. As the only dark-brown domestic wood species, it has a large following of devoted woodworkers and fine furniture aficionados. Walnut is also found in upscale cabinets, natural wood flooring, kitchen accessories, gunstocks, and more.

Although there are many varieties of walnut trees, just a handful are native to North America. Of them, the Eastern Black Walnut, also called the American Black Walnut or American Walnut, is the one typically used for woodworking.

Pear Wood

Pear wood is very hard and can be carved into intricate designs without splitting or breaking. Woodwind instruments have historically been made of pear wood, which is also used to make furniture.

A relatively expensive wood, pear wood is harvested from pear trees, which grow slowly and do not reach great heights. These trees are usually cultivated for their fruit, and in most cases, the wood is harvested once fruit bearing trees stop producing. It can take decades to grow a pear tree from seed and wait for it to stop producing fruit. Though the wood can be harvested earlier, the trees are valuable for their fruit and are not often grown solely for lumber.

With its extremely hard consistency, pear wood is prized for its ability to hold up to heat, moisture, and woodworking tools. It is difficult to break or crack and can be carved into intricate designs that would be impossible in softer woods. Though its usefulness is limited by its small size, furniture that is carved out of this wood is often ornate and will hold up well over time.

Cherry Wood

Cherry wood comes from the cherry fruit tree. It is a hardwood, and it is famed for its durability and beautiful color.

Cherry wood comes in a variety of colors, including yellow, white, red and dark brown. The darker heartwood adds a touch of elegance to its surroundings, while lighter versions are perfect for furniture. It is extremely heavy and durable, which is one reason that colonial carpenters used it for cabinets and furniture. Cherry wood has a smooth, satiny grain that can be enhanced with the application of stain. It steams easily, which makes it ideal for use in curved projects, such as making boats and furniture. It does contract and expand slightly as the humidity of its locations changes. Cherry wood is highly prized by woodworkers because of its rich color, smooth grain and flexibility. It is frequently used in toys, caskets, paneling, furniture and flooring. Cherry wood costs less than many other hardwoods, which makes it even more attractive for carpenters and woodworkers.

Skateboard Wood

This most desirable wood comes from the Great Lakes area of North America. The wood is commonly referred to as hard rock maple while it is actually called Sugar maple its scientific name is Acer saccharum. Maple is a hardwood, which is slower growing and denser than softwoods. This species is used in applications such as bowling alley lanes, baseball bats, NBA basketball courts and skateboard decks. Because the winters in the Great Lakes area are so long and cold the trees grow slowly and have very tight growth rings. Typically tighter growth rings mean a higher denisty and stronger wood.

The process of making skateboard starts with collecting veneers necessary to make each deck. Then those veneers are passed through a veneer sander that freshens the surface on both sides. Each veneer ply, besides the face layers, is glued on both sides with a polyvinyl adhesive. Skateboard is typically pressed in groups of 4 or 5. With 7 plies of veneer per skateboard this means a press will usually press 28-35 veneers at once.

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