Windansea Wood Surf Style Sunglasses

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  • Windansea Wood Surf Style Sunglasses
  • Windansea Wood Surf Style Sunglasses
  • Windansea Wood Surf Style Sunglasses
  • Windansea Wood Surf Style Sunglasses
  • Windansea Wood Surf Style Sunglasses
  • Windansea Wood Surf Style Sunglasses

Windansea Wood Surf Style Sunglasses

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Layered Wood Surf Style Sunglasses

Harkening back to the sixties, the heyday of surfing in Southern California, and borrowing from surfing's deep roots in woodworking, Tower brings you the Windansea, a stylish, handcrafted layered Vermillion and Black Walnut surf style sunglass with spring-loaded brass hinges. It's an unmistakable beach lifestyle fashion statement, where natural beauty dovetails with the finest lenses on the market.

On Point Fashion: Handmade layered Vermillion and Black Walnut hardwood frames with smooth varnish finish

Finest Polarized Lenses: Polaroid Ultrasight, scratch-resistant lenses with UV 400 protection

SPECIAL: Order now and get a FREE beautiful hard wood case! ($60 value). Just add glasses to cart.

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Layered Wood Surf Style Sunglasses

Harkening back to the sixties, the heyday of surfing in Southern California, and borrowing from surfing's deep roots in woodworking, Tower brings you the Windansea, a stylish, handcrafted layered Vermillion and Black Walnut Surf Style sunglass with spring-loaded brass hinges. It's an unmistakable beach lifestyle fashion statement, where natural beauty dovetails with the finest lenses on the market.

On Point Fashion: Handmade layered Vermillion and Black Walnut hardwood frames with smooth varnish finish

Finest Polarized Lenses: Polaroid Ultrasight, scratch-resistant lenses with UV 400 protection

SPECIAL: Order now and get a FREE beautiful hard wood case! ($60 value). Just add glasses to cart.

About Vermillion and Black Walnut Wood

The exterior layer of the frame is made of Vermillion wood. Also known as African Padauk, it is native to Central and Western Africa. This exotic hard wood is reddish in hue and commonly used to make drums in Africa due to it tonal resonance. Other parts of the world import it to make fine stringed instruments.

The interior layer of the frame is made of Black Walnut. While it is called, "Black Walnut," it is actually dark brown color wood with a typically straight grain. Historically used for things like gunstocks, furniture, flooring, and paddles, it naturally darkens over time and thus ages beautifully. Black Walnut is native to North America, and historically in Europe it has been considered a symbol of fertility.

Polaroid Ultrasight Polarized Lenses

Made by the company that invented the polarized lens, Polaroid Ultrasight lenses are the best lenses on the market. They employ nine functional layers to make an amazing lens. An internal polarizing core that eliminates glare is sandwiched by 4 UV filters that block all harmful UVA, UVB, and UVC light rays. A shock absorbing layer for impact resistance encases this core, followed by an outer top and bottom scratch resistant layer for optimal durability.


The History of Wood in Surfing

Early surfboards in Hawaii, the birthplace of surfing, were carved out of local trees like Koa wood. Wood is not only beautiful, it floats. In the 1950s and 60s, Surf Style sunglasses were all the rage in Southern California and surfing was taking off. Surfboards were made of balsa wood at that time, but would soon transition to foam and fiberglass construction. All of these new fiberglass boards would use wood stringers for rigidity (most still do today), and many had carved blocks of layered wood on the nose and tail. As fins came the scene, they too were made of wood at first. Wood craftsmanship and surfing went hand in hand.

To this day in our San Diego based surf factory, our shapers still play around making fiberglass encased wood fins, wood nose and tail blocks, and even entire balsa wood surfboards. It's in their blood. It's in the roots of the sport they love. Unmistakably, there is a nostalgic connection between handcrafted wood work and surfers, and really all watermen. Tower's handcrafted wood sunglasses are a nod to this rich tradition.

About Windansea

Situated just up the coast from our Southern California office, Windansea is a scenic point break with a long, rich history in the affluent beach town of La Jolla, "the Jewel." A palm thatched hut was built on the rocks overlooking Windansea beach in the 1940s. The "Shack," as it's known, still sits there today nearly 75 years later and is a surf icon known worldwide. The combination of the tropical hut, the scenic Mediterranean affluent beach house architecture, and an idyllic sand and rock formation beach contribute to make this one of the most photographed beaches in the world.

In the sixties and seventies, Windansea became more and more known as a fiercely local place. There's an infamous picture of a cement pump house tagged with, "Warning!! Windansea may be hazardous to tourists." That would be funny if it weren't so true. The danger wasn't just from the surf zone, but rather from the locals who frowned upon outsiders sharing their home surf break. That's the funny thing about surfing - it's a beautiful, graceful, playful sport practiced by earth-conscious laid back dudes, yet done in an often dangerous, unrelenting, and sometimes deadly environment. It's a powerful dichotomy, and likely the birthplace of the modern extreme sport movement.

Our Windansea wood sunglasses, a beautiful, and polished finished product made of very different layers of wood sandwiched together, speak to this unique dichotomy found in the surf world. It's a beautiful collision.

Specifications

Do They Float: Nope.

Weight: 24 grams

Glare Protection: Polaroid brand polarized lenses.

Frame Measurements: 52-21-144

Front of Frame Height: 50mm

Eye Size: 52 mm

Bridge Width: 21 mm

Temple Length: 144 mm

Lens Quality: Polaroid Ultrasight lenses

Lens Color: Brown lenses

Lens Durability: Scratch protection on both surfaces

UV Protection: UV 400 (Blocks all harmful UVA, UVB, and UVC light rays)

Hinge Components: Spring-loaded brass hinges

Wood Frame Type: Multi-layered, carved Vermillion and Black Walnut hardwood frames

Construction: Handcrafted wood frames with form fitting polarized lenses

Finish: Varnish finish over hand polished wood frame

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