We’re all familiar with leather wallets–they’ve been taking up real estate in back pockets for decades. They’ve even stayed popular longer than the silver money clip embossed with your initials. One of the leather wallet’s best features, though, is also one of its drawbacks: It can hold a lot of stuff. Credit cards, store loyalty cards, business cards, book of stamps, notes with addressed or phone numbers. And some people even carry cold hard cash in their wallet (remember that?). Face it, few of us are lightweights when it comes to wallets.
Leather wallets may have met their match, though. Don’t believe us? You may be surprised to learn that wooden wallets are in fact a thing. Can’t get much more old-school than lopping down a mighty tree, right? Well, old-school, meet up-to-the-minute school. We think you’ll become good friends.
Australian-based company Madera makes these trim wallets with sustainable, renewable harvested timber from carefully managed forests in the U.S. and Canada. No more stuffing your wallet — you’ll need to be disciplined and efficient, embarking on a selective purge to guarantee you’ll only carry the essentials. Light and lean, people, light and lean.
The Union wallet can fit two to six cards, and bills are right at your fingertips when you slip them under the cash strap. Madera warns that its wallets are for front-pocket-carry, and that rules out bulky butt pockets while helping to deter opportunistic thieves. The wallet has RFID plating to prevent electronic skimming by cyberthieves, too: No more sneaky walk-by snooping and stealing credit card info. On top of that, elastic slits securely stash small items such as a spare key or memory card so they are always on hand when you need them.
Your main decision? Oak, black walnut, or cherry for your hand-polished wallet. Since each item is made from a unique piece of wood, you’ll see variations in grain and tone. Madera explains, “Grains in black walnut are usually straight, but patterns such as curl, crotch and burl can also sometimes be seen.” It adds that the wood has a moderate natural luster that will develop a deep, stylish patina shine over time as you use it.
The Poquito wallet is Madera’s offering to those of us who still want to carry some pocket change. Coins have their own secret compartment in the Poquito, and you can still pack two to six cards for good measure. Talk about being able to have it all… Here’s how the designers at Madera describe it: “Poquito is a super slim wallet made to carry a little of everything. An honest and simple timber carry.” There you have it.
Madera has 20 years of woodworking experience under its belt, and it shows in these compact, slim wallets. The Australian crew have gone against the grain (ahem) and updated an accessory we tend to overlook–unless we’ve misplaced it. We confidently predict that no one will be overlooking these wooden classics.