Monthly Archives: August 2012

  1. Sure Locked!

    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


    Mr. PQ


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  2. The warm sound of wood

    The warm sound of wood

    At PQ we are very proud to be carrying headphones from ThinkSound LLC.  Aaron Fournier is the CEO and chief designer of these real Wood headphones. Since our premium cases are also made of real wood, we thought the pairing of these two products seemed...natural.


    PQ currently carries the premium headphone set, the Monitor Series.  Critics like Stereophile Magazine and MacWorld agree these headphones set the bar. The Monitor series headphones are made with actual wood from a pear tree and high quality 8mm gunmetal finished speaker drivers.  The result is a headset that delivers excellent frequency response and provides the listener with a warm and gorgeous sound. Lightweight and well built, these headphones will survive any daily commute you put them through.


    Much like Pad and Quill, Aaron’s small US business is producing world class products at fair prices.  Remember that if you purchase any of our cases with a ThinkSound Monitor headphones domestic priority shipping is always FREE.


    Mr. PQ

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  3. iPad's, Art and CNC


    [caption id="attachment_332" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="CNC cut Macbook Air wood frames"][/caption]


    Every Pad and Quill case starts with a very unique and well engineered CNC wood cut frame.  A unique blend of technology, art and design. The term CNC means 'Computer Numerical Control', a highly complex cutting machine that follows instructions from a computer drawing on how to cut various parts. CNC machines cut with amazing accuracy many types of wood, plastics, metals and other materials. Proper CNC computer planning, mechanical engineering and artistic design makes up the process of creating every one of PQ’s unique wood frames.


    Eric our CNC operator is a master at this art.  He starts all of our projects by first carefully measuring out the device that he is about to cut wood for by taking 1/1000 of an inch measurements.  He and I then discuss how the product needs to act as far as strength, access to ports and various other considerations that make up a Pad and Quill wood frame.  He then designs the cutting paths on a computer which are then transferred to the cutting machines. Multiple prototypes are made, tested, remade and retested to ensure that the fit, finish and appearance of our wood meets are highest quality standards.


    We added a new feature this year to our iPad frames, the Sure Lock Bumpers.  These custom made (in Minnesota!) injection molded bumpers were designed to work in tandem with our wood frame to perfectly hold an iPad in place. They have preformed amazingly well and we are thrilled

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  4. iPhone 5 and The Little Black Book



    As you can imagine we are keeping close tabs on rumors regarding the next iPhone from Apple.  Our Little Black Book for iPhone is the first of it’s kind on the market and we have some big case plans for the new Apple model about to be announced.  Here is what we know about the newest device from sources including,, The Wall Street Journal and AllThingsD


    -Announcement on September 12th and Available to buy September 21st!


    -The name is either the simply ‘the new iPhone’ or iPhone 5


    -A taller screen with a new 16:9 ratio, similar to widescreen television (have fun developers) :/


    -A taller and thinner iPhone


    -LTE support, meaning much faster internet data speeds similar to iPad 3


    -New and much smaller connection port including a newly positioned headphone jack at bottom


    We cannot say yet what our newest cases look like for the new iPhone, but rest assured, what we have planned is absolutely gorgeous!


    Stay tuned for our announcements by signing up for the PQ Special Offers Newsletter. We will update you with upcoming iPhone case news, including case updates for the iPad Mini and new Kindles!


    Mr PQ

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  5. 30 Day Money Back Promise

    We sell all of our cases exclusively online, one of the concerns we hear often is that folks are unable to touch, hold and use these hand made gems prior to purchasing.  We have recognized that need and have decided to start an entirely new agreement with perspective customers.


    The 30 Day Money Back Promise is comprised of a simple commitment: If your not happy with the case, you can return it with no questions asked within 30 days of purchase date. We are so confident that you’ll find our handmade iPad, iPhone, Macbook Air, Kindle and other cases to be of such high quality both in construction and materials you will love them!  We see it as a win/win for everyone. To convey online the luxurious Spanish bonded leather, the feel of real bookbindery cloth and the depth of our finished baltic birch wood frame is challenging, so we have decided to take the guess work out for you.


    So give one of our handmade cases a spin, it’s on us!


    Mr and Mrs PQ


    (Brian and Kari)

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