Shwood began with some woodworking tools and the dream of a modern product that embodies the uniqueness of nature. In 2009, the limb of a Madrone tree and a rusty cabinet hinge became the first pair of Shwood glasses. Production has evolved considerably since that first foray into frame-making, and it continues to evolve today. Makers have kept the wood standbys, and have incorporated stabilized seashell and beautifully oxidized metals.