Young music lovers may regard vintage record players as primitive music-makers, but not quite in the sense that the Audiowood Chipmunk Turntable typifies. The one-of-a-kind apparatus turns a carefully sliced tree trunk into a truly organic platter.
The object is composed quite simply of this one natural element and the addition of a modern tracking force gauge and tone arm. However, one could not consider the device to be totally minimal. There is so much character packed into the base of the gadget, revealing a perimeter of ash tree bark and scores of concentric rings divulging the donor's age.
Handcrafted with solid arboreal rounds and sold through the manufacturer's Etsy shop, the Audiowood Chipmunk Turntable embodies a warmth that no longer exists in contemporary electronics.