Featherwood Frames Takes on Sustainable Eyewear

Featherwood Frames is unlike any other glasses outfit in the world. The small Ohio company is making wooden glasses using pedal-power. These custom-made glasses are durable, accept prescription lenses and can be repaired as needed. People are obviously loving it.

Brett Nagafuchi and David Flowers, previously neighbors, are the minds behind Featherwood Frames. And the company got its start from a fortunate accident.

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“My partner in crime, David Flowers, broke his glasses one day in his sleep.  Being the resourceful, crafty guy he is, he decided to fix them with a wood earpiece,” Nagafuchi told me. “Friends talk, and he found he had something to keep his hands busy.  Soon after, I joined him as we came to realize we had similar ideals about lifestyle, economy, nature and, of course, woodwork.”

Featherwood Frames seeks to combat the “illusion of sustainability” put forth by much of the media.

Many people are afraid to confront the problem with humanity’s relationship to nature.  It makes sense, too. If we as consumers can ease our conscience by buying products that are ‘green’ or ‘eco-friendly,’ then we can put the problem and discomfort on the back burner,” Nagafuchi says, before questioning whether or not an environmentally-friendly car even exists.

The company is quickly growing as the quality frames are a hit with consumers. And Featherwood Frames is going to be faced with questions about scaling growth without sacrificing principles of sustainability.

“Growth is an interesting thing with us. We have many limitations to how big and in what direction we can grow as a business, but that’s okay with us,” Nagafuchi explains. “Between pedaling the machines instead of using another ‘efficient’ production method and keeping our wood-stove burning in the winter, we can only do so much.”

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The company hopes to become a model of sustainability by maintaining trust with consumers by adhering to its values.

“I’d like to think that everything I purchase is made in a truly sustainable fashion, but it’s not.  If we’re going to tackle the problems we face, we need to do it together and support like-minded people.

I asked if the company would stay specifically focused on glasses. Nagafuchi hinted at the possibility of expansion. “For now, we’re focused on glasses. But who knows?  Our main goal outside of trying to make a living is to be a model for sustainable production. Hopefully, others will be inspired by that.”

Take a look at Featherwood Frames official website here.

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All photos courtesy of Featherwood Frames.

80 comments

Angel G
angelique G8 months ago

not in business anymore.

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Nang Hai C
Nang Hai C11 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Chun Lai T
Chun Lai T12 months ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Robert N.
Rob Chloe Sam Nabout a year ago

Interesting article, Thanks for sharing this.

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William C.
William Cabout a year ago

Thank you.

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Kitty K.
deanna K1 years ago

So cool1 Will have to check this out! And share with a couple people I know might be interested.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for the article.

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Brett N.
Brett N2 years ago

Thanks for the comments, support, and time!

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Al H.
Past Member 2 years ago

You've definitely got the wood on your competitors guys! I'll come to Yellow Springs and knock on your door. You want to fly me over there? ;-)

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