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Wood You Believe It?

For all the stainless steel, titanium and polycarbonate-kevlar in electronics today, there are those who long for the simple charms of a more lo-tech material. Mahogany, for example. Or for a more eco-approach, bamboo. From green machines—Dell's new Hybrid PC and SimpleTech's bamboo hard drive—to whittled trappings like a wooden iPhone cover or MP3 radio, it's clear this timeless material still has its place in a man's life. But it's got us wondering, if a Kindle was made of wood, would you call it kindling?

Clockwise from left: Magno radio, $200, (available in November) at Areaware; Dell Studio Hybrid $500, at Dell; (re)Drive bamboo 500 GB hard drive, $150, at Circuit City; 2 GB flash stick, $32, at Brando Workshop; iWood iPhone cover, $120, at Miniot.

  • The majority of the NBA's maple courts were constructed by Robbins Floors of Cincinnati, OH.

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