Barky is an almost embarrassingly simple design that is, in reality, very difficult to execute. It begins with an ash wood round from a family logger in the upper Midwest who has perfected a drying technique that prevents cracking. Once they arrive in New Orleans, the rounds are sanded perfectly flat and are given individual design layouts due to their unique shapes. Then they are machined to very tight tolerances, finished by hand, and fit with a beautifully made, audiophile grade parts kit from Rega, made in the UK. As with all Audiowood products, they are then packaged in recycled or biodegradable packaging (or both) and sent anywhere in the world.
Barky has been featured in dozens of major publications, including California Home and Design, Wired (Germany), Inked, Velvet (Italy), and in blogs from BoingBoing, to Cool Hunting and Daily Candy, etc.
Barky is a limited-production (10-15 per year on average), high-quality turntable made with a solid ash round, quality Rega parts kit, 24 Volt Power Supply, heavy glass platter and Rega RB330 tonearm. It includes a pre-mounted Rega Elys2 Cartridge, adjustable dark chromed solid brass spike legs, and is finished with hand-rubbed polyurethane and paste wax. Each Barky is handmade in New Orleans and each is somewhat unique.
Barky is available in 3 versions: a 115V version for the US and Canada, a 115V version for certain other international locations (like Mexico), and a 230V version for most international locations. Shipping for international locations is $130.00. Shipping to US is free.
Because the cartridge is already mounted and aligned, Barky only requires a few minutes of setup before use.
Barky is compatible with the Rega TTPSU external power supply which is available as an extra, and which allows for push-button speed changes. Barky is also compatible with many aftermarket Rega-compatible products, such as Groovetracer subplatters.
This table is a custom order, and should ship in 2-3 weeks.
International customers, please note: you are responsible for any and all customs/import duties assessed in the destination country. These fees can be quite high in certain countries, so please be aware of them before ordering.
Barky is sustainably made in the USA with quality UK parts and comes with a 3 year warranty from Audiowood, protecting against defects in manufacture and assembly. The cartridge is not included in this warranty.
wood, aluminum, brass, glass
15"D x 17"W x 5"H
Shipping cost: $0.00
I'm a designer and woodworker.
I was born and raised in suburban Florida. After high school I got as far away from malls and subdivisions as possible, studying the arts - visual art, design, architecture, literature, aesthetic theory - in Western New York, New York City, and Europe. I almost became an architect, almost became a professional academic, and almost became a non-profit civil rights worker. I earned degrees in Art History and English (BA, Hobart), English (MA, Carnegie Mellon), and Media Studies (PhD, Pitt). Somewhere along the way, the desire to make things with my hands took over and I shifted away from academic issues towards the production of physical objects.
Since 1997 I've worked consistently as a design and build carpenter/woodworker. In 2008 I started building handmade audio equipment, which I make under the name Audiowood.
I think of most of my works as small acts of architecture: things that stand on their own, and that suggest an entire way of living. I picture each of my products standing alone in a big, all-white loft in New York City; woody, but not necessarily woodsy.
Since 2008, I've had the privilege of working with clients like Anthropologie, Bushmills, Paramount Pictures, and various A-List celebrities. Audiowood products have been featured in dozens of major international publications like The New York Times, Wired (Germany), California Home and Design, and Velvet (Italy), and online from Gizmodo to DesignBoom to Metal and dozens of other blogs. I was even lucky enough to be awarded the "Most Unique Work" award in Contemporary Crafts at 2015 Jazz Fest.
Joel Scilley is a New Orleans artist living and working in the Holy Cross neighborhood.
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