WOOD (back plate) in HOKKAIDO where I live.

As an option for the back plate of the rear housing of the earphones, I decided to incorporate wood from Hokkaido, Japan, where I live.

Mainly, Japanese yew and Enju wood. In the photo, from left to right, it’s Japanese yew, Enju, and Yezomatsu in the far right. While I’ve used Japanese yew several times before, I’m introducing Enju wood for the first time with this project.

Especially, Enju wood has a decent hardness and slightly moderate density. I think it feels very nice. If I were to compare it to woods commonly used in the 634EARS, I’d say it’s similar in hardness and density to Padauk or Zebrawood.

In the future, if there’s anything good with Hokkaido’s wood, I’ll try to incorporate it. It might be a good idea for everyone to consider incorporating wood unique to their region as well. It’s sure to foster a sense of attachment, isn’t it?

I live in Hokkaido, Japan, which is very rich in nature and has a lot of fluffy snow in winter.