Oregon-based Silva Case’s designer and maker Justin tells us he’s just released new handmade Bamboo iPad 2 cases in two styles: with and without a handle.
Aside from being aesthetically attractive, Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants on Earth, making it one of the most sustainable natural engineering materials. Unlike trees, bamboo plants have the potential to grow to a full height and girth in a single growing season of 3-4 months, and its substitution for conventional wood species helps minimize dependency on forests, making bamboo products a truly green alternative.
Bamboo is also relatively light. Silva’s MacBook cases are just a little over 2 pounds and the iPad 2 case is about 1 pound, which is extremely light for being made out of solid wood.
The Silva cases are finished with a rub-on tung oil which makes the grains in the bamboo really stand out, then finished off with two coats of rub-on polyurethane, which hardens the bamboo and makes it look as if you poured liquid glass on the case.
The cases are rugged in a wood context, although Silva recommends not dropping them because the case may not survive a hard impact, although it will likely protect the iPad on the same principle as a crash helmet protects the wearer’s head. Would you rather have a broken case or a broken iPad? The cases are warranted to be free of manufacturer defects for 1 year, and may be returned for full refund in new condition for 30 days after the initial purchase.
Justin says he’s lived most his life in Central Oregon, and has been working with wood since he was 10 years old, with the help of his father who runs a family owned and operated hardwood flooring business. Growing up continually exposed to how wood works and what he could make with it developed a love for woodworking.
Justin says he also loves Apple products, so he decided to take some time and combine his enjoyment of wood and Apple hardware, developing a project that not only protects Apple iPads, but gives them a “green” feel as well, resulting in these custom bamboo cases.
The cases start life as a solid sheet of bamboo, which is taken to a CNC machine where they are cut out to meet the specifications of the device. Once cut, the hand work begins. They are sanded, glued, felted, and finished all by hand. Then there is the leather strap, which comes from a full cowhide. The hide is hand cut into strips and shaped to get a comfortable feel, then hand burnished and oiled to get a strap that not only feels great in your hand but will also last.
SILVA Custom Bamboo iPad 2 Case (w/handle)Features:
Sleep Magnet Capable
100% Solid Carmel Bamboo
Handmade from start to finish
Hand-Crafted Leather Strap
Hand burnished and oiled
Wool Felt Lined Interior
Protects your iPad 2
Hand Rubbed, Hard, glass-like finish
Free Shipping in the USA
The Silva Custom Bamboo iPad 2 Case is available with and without the handle for $129.99, with free shipping within the U.S.