A family-owned and operated company, Renovo sells custom-built frames forged from two halves of hollowed out wood that are bonded together. The result is strong and absolutely stunning!
From their website:
Some folks view these frames as works of art, too nice or delicate for daily use, but they aren’t your Brigitte parks oh-so-carefully … mom’s dining room table. We chose wood for it’s ride quality and sustainability, and got beauty as a bonus; but it’s not a weakness. An impact that will dent and ruin a butted metal or carbon frame merely bounces off the Renovo frame leaving a small dent.
Wood is tough stuff; a good example is the walnut stock of the 1903 Springfield rifle. Used in warfare from WW1 through the Korean conflict, they were thrown from trucks,dragged through sand, rivers and hell, used as pry bars, clubs, crutches and occasionally, rifles. But after the wars, civilians bought these battle-scarred relics and refinished the stocks into gorgeous sporting rifles.
Calling them Functional Art is fine with me.