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  • iPad 5 is coming, along with some amazing new cases.

    We have had long enough to consider them, that's for sure! After almost a year and 1/2 since the big retina iPad release, Apple is about to introduce the new iPad 5. Multiple tech websites have confirmed that the new slimmer and faster iPad 5 is to be revealed on October 22nd.

    Kari, myself and the team have been working with new materials and unique designs that will make your iPad 5 not only more protected, but dare we say, appropriately adorned.

    We went back to the drawing board on some of our most popular cases. I cannot wait to show you some of the huge improvements we've made. These are killer changes that combine bindery materials, genuine leathers and wood to craft 'ampersand' worthy iPad 5 cases.

    We have a one time newsletter going out for our new iPad 5 cases. Sign up below and we will only email ONCE when our new cases are available to order.

    There is something else coming soon as well. Something I've poured myself into over the past 6 months. This is a big change for Pad & Quill, one we are stoked to introduce. Stay tuned for some big announcements over the next few weeks!

    Talk Soon,

    Brian(Mr PQ)

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  • Plastic? Yeah...no.

    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

  • Reviewing iOS 7 for Apple - Part III

    Welcome to the last part in this three-part review on Apple's latest software update, iOS 7. In the time span between the last review and this one, Apple's already gone ahead with a tweak...that adds up to absolutely nothing at all.

    But, this blog post isn't about that! Rather, it'll be showcasing the last round of hits and misses in some of the new features. Continue reading

  • Mrs. PQ's version of Open Letter

    “Mom do you know if even one kid brings a phone into an AP testing site the entire room of tests are voided?”

     

    Our oldest son is preparing to take his first AP Exam, Human World Geography, and as per usual, in studying with him, I know a great deal more about things like gentrification and dairy circles then I used to know.  Taking your third and fourth trip through high school teaches you a thing or two.

     

    Much like taking a trip through a business start up.

     

    You learn the good ways to coax all of the beauty and functionality from a product imaginable, and you learn the bad ways; I’ve got a basement full of prototypes and discarded blueprints.

     

    There are good ways to manage a supply chain and an inventory system and there are not so good ways.  What am I supposed to do with 497 Octavo frames with no left rail?  (Hint:  stacked alternately they make great nesting sites for mice in the winter.  Thank goodness those were stored in the garage.)

     

    There are good and bad ways to convey to the public how you care about your customers, your products, and your employees who have become like family.  (I honestly don’t think anyone cares that I will retweet pretty much anything coming out of Alton Brown’s mouth.)

     

    In our endeavor to convey all of this to you, we lost our way a bit, but we never lost our commitment to craft amazing things, to be inspired by nature and innovation, and to bring you amazing products from our workspace to yours.

     

    Kind of like Prom, state qualifying long jumps and epic tennis matches all rolled into one, there are exciting changes afoot at Pad and Quill, and we can’t wait to share them with you.

     

    Mrs. PQ

     

    Here's a hint of what we are working on.

    New Textures...

     

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  • A PSA from Mrs. PQ

    A PSA from Mrs. PQ

     

    Last night I listened to a violin concerta by the 14 year old as I was racing around with last minute packing.  The impromptu concert wasn't at the top of my to do list, but the kid volunteered and how can you say no? Ironically I'd listened to a speech from Tony Dungy (NFL coach and analyst) in which he expressed deep regret at not hugging his son goodbye one final time.  His son passed away a month later.  It was a reminder to me to approach life with more patience and fewer regrets.  Watching my son's concentrated face that twitched in agony over a sour note, but exploded in pride at the conclusion of his song, I realized when I pause to listen I hear so much more.

     

     

    Speaking of hearing, the youngest quill needed homework help the other day.  He was charged with writing a PSA.  Fair warning, this will get stuck in your head, here is the example his teacher gave for what not to do.  [link].

     

     

    The tune was so catchy I borrowed it for my own little Pad & Quill PSA

     

    You can make a call to our CS(customer service) line

    Karl's voice is mighty fine

    Or go online with your credit card

    Using PayPal is not so hard

    Easy ways to buy, so many easy ways to buy

    Easy ways to buy uy uy, so many easy ways to buy

     

    You can right by our warehouse shop

    We'll offer you an ice cold pop

    Or you'll get a nice hot tea

    When you buy 2 items your shipping is free

     

     

    Easy ways to buy, so many easy ways to buy easy ways to buy uy uy

    Beautiful cases of iPads, iPhones Kindles and Mac Airs are so easy to buy.

     

     

    Yeah, so totally killed (and not in a good way) that last line.  But it is quite simple to order, made easier by 10% coupon code: VAL21

     

     

    Look for Mr. PQ and myself at MacWorld!  We’d love to meet up with you.

     

    Mrs. PQ

    (Kari)

  • iPad Mini is here

    This past Tuesday Apple announced the iPad Mini along with updates to the Macbook Pro's, iMac and Mac Mini lines.  We've decided that making a handmade case for the iMac might not be all that practical so were going to keep our focus on the iPad Mini.

     

    There are many opinion pieces about the iPad Mini, some negative and some positive.  All the reviews we've seen of hands on with the device are positive.  Well built and well thought through design from Apple seems consistent in the reviews.  Aside from build,  some think Apple missed the mark by not competing in price with the Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HD.  These smaller 7 inch tablets are between $75 and $130.00 less then the entry level iPad Mini which starts at $329. Others seem to think the price point is justified as the Apple eco system of iOS apps, movies, and books offers a compelling reason to spend a bit more for entry into the Apple walled garden.  As with every Apple release, time will tell as the market will clearly show what interest there is for a 7 inch iPad from Apple.

     

    We cannot wait to show you our handmade cases for the new Apple iPad Mini.  Let's just say that 3-600 dollar Mini iPad should be protected with handmade love and attention.  We are here to meet that need!

     

    Mr. PQ

    (Brian)

  • Little less home

    We spent the weekend moving our eldest quills into her new dorm at college in a quaint small town in southern Minnesota.  With every imaginable dorm essential purchased we and the rest of the younger quills help set up her 1/2 of the room.  Dad made sure the Macbook Air and iPhone was internet connected and all emails were working properly.  Mom made sure the room was decorated with a bit of home flair. We even figured out how to loft the bed so her desk would sit underneath.  I think your looking for spare square inches in dorm rooms?  Well, what neither of us were truly ready for was the spare room in our house.

     

    We are finding that when the first kid leaves a bit of our home does as well.   She was the eldest and she ruled the roost when Mom and Dad were not around.  Actually she tried that as well when we were home!  Regardless without her familiar voice, the music she loved listening too and the passionate person that makes her who she is, the home just seems a bit quieter.  We are both thankful for the time with her and excited for the road ahead. Said a million times, they grow really fast.  We've now lived it and it's a statement based in total truth.  Time for us to quietly adjust and time for a new chapter in her life to begin.
    Mr and Mrs. PQ

  • iPad's, Art and CNC

     

    CNC

     

    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 with our customer feedback on this new design.  Eric’s commitment to quality design and engineering truly makes our hand made cases gorgeous works of art!

     

    Mr. PQ

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    Come visit our brand new site! Take a look around and tell us what you love about it, and what you think we could do to make your shopping experience better.

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