Making a wooden bow tie may seem like something that can simply be made with a little bit of wood shop experience. However, with this in mind, SwitchWood provides you with a brief demo and inside look at the labor-intensive process that goes beyond simply making their unique and creative wooden bow ties.
Drew starts by hand selecting exceptional pieces of high-quality timber such as Birdseye Maple, Wenge, Padauk, and Zebrawood. The wood is manually escorted through the table saw to trim it into the correct board width to make the bow ties. The boards are then transferred to a band saw where the material is re-sawn through its cross-section. This process not only allows for several boards to be made from one piece of timber but it also creates the proper thickness for the bow ties. In the final stages, the wood is then passed through a drum sander to get the smooth, clean desired finish.
Precision and craftsmanship are at the forefront of each SwitchWood bow tie. To keep this consistency a CNC router cuts the final bow tie form. The outcome is splendid - cool traditional butterfly, diamond point, or shorty shaped wing all of which are available in the SwitchWood line. Linseed oil is applied to the finished pieces to bring out the warmth and natural beauty of the wood. Once the oil has been dried, the wings are sealed with a lacquer that will endure the tests of time.
Once the wings have been cut and finished an acrylic knot is prepared to create the centerpiece. First magnets are inserted into the knot, which are used to connect the detachable wooden wings and keep them in place. It is then covered in beautiful silk tie fabrics cut to perfection by a skilled seamstress. The fabric is wrapped around the knot to compliment the wood and add an accent of color to the finished piece.
SwitchWood bow ties can also be further customized by engraving dates, initials, or even a personal message to make a great gift for someone special. All this adds more utility to the already attractive finish of the wooden bow tie.
The ability to interchange the wooden wings creates winning fashion trends that suits all personal styles. The combination of skillful artists, the use of high quality materials, and precision technology allows SwitchWood to always meet their consumer’s different and ever-changing tastes and desires.