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  • Leather 101- Leather Grading & The Different Qualities Of Leather

    is my leather good

    Leather is a cherished material, renown for its flexibile and durable nature. However, there are different grades of leather that dictate the look, feel, and the lifetime of each unique piece. The industry has different techniques for each grade. We'll break down the four different grades of leather, from the best grade of leather to the worst.

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  • How to Make a Leather iPad Case

    Our cases for the iPads are an industry game-changer. We take our enduring designs and pair them with American full-grain leather to create individual masterpieces. Our inspiration is stoked by our entrepreneurial spirit and a love of the craft. Our designs are our way of honoring the past while looking to the future. American bridle leather has a supple and hardworking nature inspired our Oxford leather iPad Pro case and the inspiration for our Traveler cases came from a family heirloom. Join us along our journey in crafting a case for the iPad.

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  • How to Make an iPad Pro Case Like A Book with Pad & Quill Style

    ipad pro keyboard case

    Back in 2010, we were a small startup with big dreams, to craft Apple accessories that are as functional as they are beautiful. After all, who wouldn't want to make a case for the iPad? Since then, we've gathered the best materials, located the best artisans, and honed our designs over time. When the new iPad Pros came out, we knew we'd be making new landmark cases for them. Take a look behind the scenes, and accompany us on the journey that is making durable traditionally bound book-style Contega Thin case for iPad Pro 11 & iPad Pro 12.9 3rd Gen! Continue reading

  • Leather 101- Leather Dyeing and The Tanning Process

     

    how do i tell good leather

    We are not ones to shy away from sentimentality, and we cherish each step of the process. One crucial part of our crafting has a rich, deep history. The leather dyeing and tanning is an intricate process. Our leather cases, bags, wallets, and desk accessories use a modern dyeing process that has its roots in the past. The world of leather dyeing can get confusing, and fast. We decided to delve in and break it down.

    All Pad & Quill products are made only from the best quality full-grain leathers. We have located the very best leathers in the entire world, produced in the very best tanneries on the planet, and crafted with unparalleled quality by generations trained leather artisans who, as far as we are concerned, are the very best people in the world.

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  • How To Add Bokeh On An iPhone : The Art and Science Behind Apple's New Portrait Mode

    iphone 7 plus portrait mode bokeh An image from Apple's keynote introducing Portrait mode for iPhone 7+.

    Ever wondered how to get that beautiful bokeh effect with your iPhone 7 Plus? Ever wondered what exactly "bokeh" is? For all of us out there who aren't professional photographers, join this journalist as she dives into the wonderful world of iPhone 7 Plus photography, the science and art of Bokeh, and learns how to take great iPhone 7 Plus pictures using Portrait mode. Continue reading

  • What Makes A Craftsman?

    Leather Craftswoman Image credit Claudia Coker.

    When we hear the word "craftsman" it brings to mind many different images. A master carpenter in his workshop surrounded by tools, a chef putting the finishing touches on a dish before it goes out, a musician tirelessly coaxing harmonious notes out of strings and steel, or a mother deftly assembling her children's favorite breakfast of Mickey Mouse pancakes.

    Indeed, craftsmen (and craftswomen) come in many different forms, but they all share one common trait Continue reading

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