I actually heard a case maker recently say that they do not like wood and don't want it being in the way of the iPhone (inferring us in the comment). Really? Isn't finished wood in an iPhone cover sorta...amazing? Another maker decided to use plastic to hold iPhones in their covers. Continue reading
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This morning I was demonstrating a test prep app for a coworker when a fellow co worker took note of my new iPhone 5s. He did so with such exuberance that at once there was a cadre of iPhone 5s admirers gathered around my phone inquiring as to specs and software. I know at this point I am supposed to say something remotely coherent, even intelligent about Apple and IOS technology, but instead I find myself looking with envy at my co workers clamshell phone. Mr PQ just wilted slightly, dismayed I’m certain that his tactic of showing me the new slider that gives easy access to a flashlight has barely moved the needle with me regarding IOS euphoria. I learned some time ago that while my Apple products won’t help me cultivate my garden, they do allow me to consolidate my tasks so that I have more time to cultivate my garden and that is indeed fruitful.
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of wisdom”
In spite of it being 95 degrees and humid here in the north, with cicadas buzzing in the trees and the sun lingering in the sky for a full 14 hours, it feels more like the holidays then the tail end of summer. In our household, by the time December 22nd rolls around, every present under the tree has been shaken, measured and categorized with prolific guessing as to what will be found Christmas morning. Every so often I’ll find a package with a corner that has been peeled back to reveal a small peak of what’s inside. Sometimes we will go to great lengths to wrap packages inside of packages to deter this espionage, but at other times its more fun to allow some insight so the suspense grows.
A post from Mr. PQ
Really Brian, Part Deux? Yes, really. After Mrs. PQ's last post we got a wee bit of feedback from our French loving friends. Surprisingly they were not that excited that she placed the French language and swearing in the same category. So I thought maybe pay tribute to French in the title of this post (aka damage control).
This is the second post about why Kari, myself and the team are really passionate about the word 'Crafted'. In my previous post I mentioned our hard fought battle to find Buckram cloth that was not butt ugly. We finally did and could not be more proud of the Cartella Linen Case for the Macbook Air that utilizes a gorgeously strong linen buckram cloth.
Another battle was to find leathers that we felt met our high standards to be both durable and gorgeous. We have some amazing products planned that utilize these leathers. Therefore the leather has to be awesome. Touring various tanneries in Mexico we saw in full detail how leather is made, what types of quality are used and why. How quality affects construction and durability. Here are a few images from our visit.
Finished product getting ready for shipment on the 'horse'.
Various dyed hides in the drying process
What is top grain, full grain, Nappa and bonded leather? Why are American hides better then Mexican? We found out we really had no idea! This was a entire education process by itself. Once we started to fully grasp the art and science that is leather crafting, we began to search hard for the perfect colors, textures and types of leathers. Again, we (Maybe I...) drove our folks to the south a bit nutty at times as finding those 'right' leathers is not easy. Not too mention my horrendous Spanish. Thank God I married a woman who paid attention in Spanish class.
Anyhow. After much prototyping, the final leather concepts we arrived at are mind blowing! Seriously, they are so beautiful you truly have to hold them to appreciate the luxury and elegance. That opportunity is coming soon and we cannot wait to show you! I think in my next post I'm going to shift from talking about Crafted materials to discussing our passion for the craftsman.
When we invented the very first case made of baltic birch to hold an iPad we had a great deal to learn. For the first several years we used self adhesive thin bumper system to hold iPad's in our cases. We learned, as we worked with our customers, that the system could be improved. Striving for constant innovation we decided in late 2011 that we would develop for the iPad 3 and 2 a brand new system to work with our wood. The goal was to provide superior hold on the iPad and create a stronger and longer lasting wood frame.
The Sure Lock System was developed and tested in house at Pad and Quill. We worked very closely with Eric who designs all our wood frames. We created our own custom 3D drawing of the parts, tested many prototypes and finally landed on the perfect combination of real wood tray and injection molded corners. What's exciting about this development is that even the little Sure Lock Bumpers are made right here in Minnesota!
If your looking for a unique case for your iPad, that works well and lasts long, look no further. Pad and Quill is truly making the case for books...and bumpers!
Check out Will from PQ showing the Sure Lock System in action!
Sure Lock Bumper System on YouTube
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