Announcing the New iPad Pro Cases

The Bindery Blog

  • iPad's, Art and 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

  • 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

  • 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)

  • The Difference is in the cases

    We get a question often from our customers, “what is the main difference between your handmade iPad cases?” The Contega, Octavo and Graduate Edition are all unique products that are designed for various tastes and practical needs.


    The Contega is our flagship case. Self propping, rugged design and gorgeous materials.  The outer wrap is covered in Spanish bonded leather and lined with traditional bindery cloth.  The iPad is seated snug in our real wood frame and secured with our Sure Lock Bumper System. This case includes a hidden pocket, camera hole, smart cover on/off and a classic moleskine elastic closure. The Contega is both a practical case and work of art.


    The Octavo is the lighter, thinner version of the Contega.  This iPad case is light weight and can be used in various positions.  Although not self propping like the Contega, this case is the same gorgeous Spanish leather and bindery cloth and includes all the other features. This is Mr.PQ’s favorite.


    The Graduate Edition is our take on a true bindery cloth, spine wrapped book and our most affordable offering.  This one feels, smells and wears like a favorite old book. Comes complete with all the features of the Octavo.


    The Octavo Luxury. Think Octavo then up it by 2 in luxurious boot like leather.  Covered in soft-stitched leather this case is absolutely gorgeous.  The wood frame that holds the iPad is even coated with extra coats of lacquer to deepen the beauty of the wood.  This one truly makes your iPad look unbelievable.


    We find that different folks find each of these three cases fit their unique needs. The real difference in all of our cases is the PQ standard of quality.



    Mr PQ

  • Gadgets are coming...

    Wow, the rumor mill has been really heating up of late. Usually summer seems to be the quiet time in the the tech world, but not this year. Microsoft, Google, Amazon and Apple appear to be offering plenty of new product releases. Some confirmed some still in the very heavily speculated stage.

    Microsoft and Google have new 7 inch tablets announced as of today. Rumors are pointing towards a new Kindle Fire from Amazon as well as Apple rumors that are speculating about two new products: an 8 inch Mini iPad and the iPhone 5. Of all these products I find the iPad Mini to be the most intriguing. This would be Apple’s taking their first competitive shot at the 7 inch tablet market. Considering their content deals with books, movies and music and the amount of countries they offer these, this would be a very serious threat to Amazon, Google and Microsoft. Fun months ahead!

    At PQ we are diligently planning where our hand made craftsman should focus our case efforts. Bruce and Tom, our master bindery craftsman keep in constant contact with our team to plan case production on these possible upcoming devices. Our goal is to provide gorgeous hand made bindery and wood cases for the coolest new tech devices. Stay tuned because at Pad and Quill,we are making the case for books!

    -Mr PQ

  • Things For Which I Have No Answer


    The older the four quills get, the more questions I encounter for which I have no answer. Here are a few examples:


    As I was leaving the dinner table to go have a cocktail with my friend, I informed my family that I won’t be out late with the comment, “I’ll be home early, I’m an old fuddy duddy, much to the chagrin of my friend who would most likely prefer to go clubbing into the wee hours.”


    “But you’re our old fuddy duddy, Mom” chimed in the 18 year old. Somehow that made me feel good, I have no answer for that.


    People invest in an animal, feed and water the animal, pay for its care, but then take it out on a 10 ft leash, on the local bike paths where cyclist speeds routinely top 25 mph, A dog encountering a bike seldom yields a decent ending. I have no answer for that.


    “Mom, if we clean the kitchen and the living room, can we rent Up? We really want to cry so we want to rent Up.” Hmmmm, “sure” was the best I could muster for that one, at least I get to come home to a clean kitchen.


    I spent 3 hours at the DMV with the 2nd quill acquiring a learner’s permit. There were 80-100 people in line, of which at least half were newly minted drivers with their moms, and 2 staff people methodically filling numbers. At AAA, where they are paid by the transaction, staff is proportionate to demand and the wait is rarely over 10 minutes. The answer is intuitive here. The question remains. Curiously, I was overcome with cravings for junk food this past 24 hours. Is Teen Angst truly that contagious?


    I feel particularly generous towards the curbside solicitors that are out-of-work contractors in our area. Mr. PQ was a painting contractor right up until the economy tanked. He looks far more settled and satisfied in our little shop in North Minneapolis, with our wonderful customers and amazing staff. How did we find ourselves blessed to live in so great a country that affords the freedom and ability to transition one skill set into another, thus keeping a roof over our heads and food on the table? For that I have no answer but to be humbled.


    Here we arrive at the two year anniversary of Pad and Quill, an idea that began as a way to pay off some accumulating debt and perhaps provide a transition into a new career in commercial real estate. It is said when God closes a door, he opens a window. In this case the window wonderfully turned out to be an Apple, and a company that has grown and multiplied and allowed us to meet some amazing people around the world. So thank you to all who believed in us from the beginning, purchasing some of those first renditions, and returning for more. For telling your friends and family about us and spreading the word and for all of our wonderful vendors, customers and employees. We are looking forward to all this third year holds!


    -Mrs. PQ

  • Dry Case for iPhone


    “Hey Mom, what’s this?” queried the older son as he plopped down in the front seat. “It’s my new running
    armband for my iPhone.”
    “How’s it work?” My amazingly tactile son is now pulling the valves and twisting the closure buttons of my waterproof Dry Case produced by Dry Corp LLC. In between stoplights I explained to him how to open the enclosure, slide your iPhone inside and siphon the air out. Of course the handy pump provided by Dry Case was in the back of the van, so he substituted by sucking the air out with his mouth. Hmmm.


    So, let the product testing begin. I give it an A+ on functionality. The iPhone touch screen is fully accessible inside the case. My concern with bulk was non-founded as I didn’t notice the extra weight on my arm at all. There is no chance that I will test its water proof guarantee with my own iPhone, rather, I’ll use one of our warehouse broken units first. It performed admirably in today’s downpour during my 7 milenature center run. Being as the two middles are undertaking the sport of running, I have no doubt the case will be well tested before we decide to introduce it to our loyal customers.


    A little side bar, the kids who interrupted me multiple times tonight to celebrate this longest day in the yard, to implore me to come look at the awesome double rainbow, and scream for my help in getting the dog back in the yard are more than willing to test other products, so go ahead and let your ideas flow! If it can survive our household, it’s pretty much indestructible.

    - Mrs. PQ

  • WWDC 12


    Apple’s annual WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference) kicked off this week with big announcements regarding new software and hardware. All of us at PQ were very excited as one of those product lines we wrap in a gorgeous handmade cover, The Cartella case for Macbook Air.


    As expected, Apple gave a very in-depth preview of new features coming to iOS 6 which runs on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. They also previewed the upcoming operating system for the Mac computers, Snow Leopard. The software discussion was all prefaced by the big hardware announcements: the new standard MacBook Pro, MacBook Air (sweet!) and the gorgeous new Retina Display MacBook Pro. What a sweet piece of machinery. I was able to play with one this week at a local Apple store. It is amazingly light for such a large foot print laptop and the screen! Think gigantic iPad 3 screen! It’s awesome. We are all looking forward to seeing how the Retina displays make themselves into more of Apple’s products in the years to come, especially the MacBook Air.


    We have confirmed, the new 2012 MacBook Air 11 and 13 inch models fit PERFECT in our Cartella case. It’s hard to improve the design of this laptop, but placing it in a PQ case this classy and functional seems to add to the Air’s luster. Check out our handmade Cartella cases and enjoy the coupon code for a discount on your next order!


    Thanks for reading,


    -Mr. PQ


    (long suffering hardware purchaser)

  • Dad’s a Hero

    I saw a truck the other day that advertised “Husband for Hire”. I took down the number.  Not because I’m looking to replace Mr. PQ any time soon, but because with all of the rigors of overseeing a new company and small business, there are a few hundred tasks around the household that have been put on delay. With the exception of a backed up sewer line, most of those tasks can be stayed for the time being with little impact on the household in general. This all got me thinking of the other “for hires” I’d like access to, such as “dog for hire” because while Ari the P&Q mascot is a noble beast, she’s basically good for about a mile walk before she prostrates herself in protest and you have to carry her. “Run me to rugby practice for hire” because the oldest Quill relinquished that post last week in pursuit of senior and new job responsibilities. “Massage my neck and shoulders at a moment’s notice, for hire” would be nice, and perhaps, finally, “clean the floor around the boys toilet for hire” would round out my day.


    I did not include “clean out the wicked stench of rotting potatoes that were forgotten in the cupboard that turns into a sauna on the first hot day of spring for hire” because Mr. PQ took care of that one. “Dad’s a hero!” exclaimed the youngest Quill, which fairly well summarizes why you would never see a truck with “Dad’s for hire” emblazoned on the side. Simply put, a Dad just needs to be there, for rotten potatoes and spiders on the ceiling, ball tag in the street and dinner at 6. The list is endless, as are our thanks to all the Dads that take the time raise our next great generation.


    With Father’s Day approaching, dozens of circulars are dropping into my email enticing me with great gift ideas and things to do to celebrate the Pater Familia. We at Pad & Quill would be honored if you would consider purchasing one of our handmade bookbindery cases for iPad, iPhone, MacBook Air and the full Kindle line.


    And of course there’s a generous coupon code for our cases including the Contega. The Quills’ hero loves his, we think yours will too!


    -Mrs. PQ

  • Atlas Shrugged and the Little Quill takes over the World


    The blissful 99 days of summer are almost upon the Pad and Quill household, so it was fitting to commence an assault on my reading list over the holiday weekend. Being as I’m 44 and have never read the Ayn Rand novel, it seemed a suitable accompaniment to a 16 mile hike along the gorgeous Superior Hiking Trail. It is well known that I am a IT mental midget, so I was quite impressed with myself in making my purchase from Amazon and downloading it to my iPhone 4s and iPad. Enclosed in a P&Q Little Black Book and a Ziploc bag, the weighty novel only added a mere 8.2 ounces to my pack weight. The beauty of hiking with your iPhone 4s is that you can then add additional weightless novels, like Fifty Shades of Grey, a novel of which I understand might be all it takes to get Mr. PQ interested in hiking and camping. The remote nature of nature has many benefits.


    Closer to home, the 11 year old is looking to be promoted to crew chief of Pad & Quill fulfillment and has already submitted his work schedule and pay requirements. I predict he will be on the board by the end of the August. As he is on a forced Lego purchasing hiatus, I’ll be curious to see what acquisition he has in his sights. Given that he frequently bemoans his lack of a “serious electronic device”, my guess is that he will have secured an iPhone and full year of data service for himself before dropping in to the Junior High scene this Fall.


    Remember, no matter what your plans, a Pad & Quill bookbindery case will make your summer reads authentically enjoyable and make great graduation and Father’s day gifts!

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