Handcrafted. Sourced from reclaimed timber. Something you’ll pass down to your kids one day.
Not usually the words you’d use to describe a wireless speaker.
But Riverwood Acoustics hopes to bring a little heritage and craft to your modern, plastic listening habits.
Handcrafted from “old growth” wood sourced from a nearby river, the retro-designed Riverwood speakers use reclaimed birch for good reason.
“I live on the beautiful Ottawa River, and every spring, some heritage logs wash ashore on my beach during the spring flow,” explains appropriately monikered founder Ben Seaman. “These logs traveled down the river as a transportation means to the rest of the world. During their voyage, many sunk and stayed perfectly preserved for over 100 years. I’ve seen some amazing furniture made out of these logs and was awestruck by the look and grain patterns.”
The wood — some of which actually dates back 300 years — has “a tighter annular ring, creating a denser, stronger cabinet that also looks beautiful.”
Seaman, a designer for several award-winning hi-fi companies (Definitive Technology, GoldenEar), built Riverwood with help from Scott Rathwell, a mechanical engineer with a passion for woodworking. “A lot of our teenage memories revolved around campfires and cottages blasting songs until the sun would come up,” says Rathwell. “We wanted to create a speaker that actually had quality, soul and a story behind it.”
Here’s what you’re getting with the company’s first product: A lot of deep bass tucked into a small 12”x6”x6” frame. A high-quality full range driver with excellent frequency response and bottom-mounted passive radiators.
So it’s got a warm look and sound. And, obviously, it’s something you’ll be proud to display.
Riverwood is currently on Indiegogo for $449, or 25% off the future retail price.
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