This wooden bow tie is handcrafted from Birdseye Maple, a hardwood domestic to the United States. The wood is a variation of the classic Sugar Maple, except for in Birdseye Maple, little dots appear that resemble the eye of the bird, giving the wood its iconic name. While the exact reason for the birds-eye effect is unknown, it is thought to be the result of unfavorable growing conditions for which the tree starts to grow new shoots but then stops as the climate or soil worsens.
The bow tie is finished with mineral oil and beeswax (both edible) which help prevent the wood from drying out while still keeping its natural feel. Straps come in random colors and are not visible once the bow ties are put on. Adjustable sliders on the straps accommodate most neck sizes (13-19"). If you believe you need a different size, please let me know.
--About my wooden bow ties--
I first started developing my wooden bow ties many months ago after being turned off by the available options on the marketplace. Almost every design felt physically flat, with no contour. I was intent on developing a wooden bow tie that was comfortable to wear, stylish, and most of all, emulated the three dimensional qualities of classic, fabric bow ties.
This is where I developed the Crooked Branch Bow Tie. I went through countless prototypes, fabrics, and woods until I was satisfied with this design. The tie is smooth to the touch, rich in color, and adjustable to make comfort standard on every piece. It originally came in three woods but is now available in over 12, with various matching fabrics.
It is important to note that because of the unique qualities of wood, bow ties sold will not exactly match the color/grain of the ones shown, but I will do my best to ensure a close match.