{08.21.08} Gear

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.



Wood You Believe It?

Was this 'Mix' worthy?

What is this?


Ask Valet.

The Expertly Packed Carry-On


What should I pack for my first business trip?

- Matt, OH


With nearly every airline imposing a baggage fee nowadays, if you can get away with flying with just a carry-on, do it.

» The solution


Advertise on Valet

Most Popular On Valet


Need style help?
Submit your conundrum.



Advertise on Valet


Get Valet Delivered


When a piece goes live on Valet, RSS delivers it to you.



We know you're busy. Subscribe to a weekly rundown of the best from Valet.



Want to know what we're up to or when a new piece is posted?



Add a drop of our style to your page.