Grovemade's Walnut & Leather iPhone Wallet Case: Simply Beautiful

Grovemade's Walnut & Leather iPhone Wallet Case: Simply Beautiful

Every year when the new crop of iPhones arrives from Apple, I get boxes of cases sent to me. Most of those cases are plastic, some have a little metal thrown in, and all are distressingly functional, yet boring. The only cases I really look forward to are from Grovemade, and this year’s Walnut & Leather iPhone Wallet Case is without a doubt the most beautiful I’ve seen this year.

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Grovemade’s iPhone cases combine handsome craftsmanship with a decent level of protection

Grovemade’s iPhone cases combine handsome craftsmanship with a decent level of protection

Grovemade's team of craftsmen always does a fantastic job making accessories for Apple’s products that take advantage of top quality natural materials. With the Walnut & Leather Case (there’s also a Maple & Leather Case), Grovemade has made another great case. I’ve been using one on the iPhone Xs Max.

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Grovemade debuts gorgeous Speaker System made of natural hardwoods

Grovemade debuts gorgeous Speaker System made of natural hardwoods

Portland, OR-based Grovemade is a pioneer of handcrafting accessories out of wood, and their products have become well-known to the Apple community as a result. Now the company is using precision wood machining techniques to bring the Speaker System (introductory price of $599 in walnut, $499 in maple) to life. 

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Grovemade’s wood Mac accessories are gorgeous works of art

Grovemade’s wood Mac accessories are gorgeous works of art

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve always had an appreciation for fine wood, which is why I’m a big fan of the products from Grovemade, a designer of handcrafted wooden and leather accessories. In March the company introduced newly redesigned trays for Apple’s latest versions of the Magic Keyboard and Trackpad, so now my desktop set-up is complete.

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Grovemade Walnut & Leather Case for iPhone SE, 6/6s and 6/6s Plus

Grovemade Walnut & Leather Case for iPhone SE, 6/6s and 6/6s Plus

There's something about the juxtaposition of Apple's glass and aluminum artworks with the natural materials of wood and leather that makes the rare handmade cases that use the nature as a source of inspiration all that much more attractive. That's the situation with Grovemade's Walnut & Leather Case ($99 for iPhone SE, $109 for iPhone 6/6s, $119 for iPhone 6/6s Plus).

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Grovemade is offering 30% off of select items for a limited time

Grovemade is offering 30% off of select items for a limited time

Grovemade — which makes such cool products as the MacBook Dock (see my review) is looking to clear up some space in their workshop for the new line of products launching in 2016. From now until Friday, March 18, they are offering customers 30% off of select items, including products from their Everyday Carry Collection and Home Goods Collection.

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Grovemade's Wood Keyboard and Trackpad Trays: Adding class to your desk

Grovemade's Wood Keyboard and Trackpad Trays: Adding class to your desk

Wood and plastic don’t look good together. That’s a fact I’ve been sadly aware of for the past five years or so, using a plastic keyboard/trackpad tray from an accessory manufacturer to turn my Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad into one big, wide happy family. I have a nice cherry wood desk in my office that looks great, especially on the rare occasions when it’s actually clean, so I always wished that someone would make a wood version of my keyboard/trackpad tray. It took a while, but now Grovemade has released a wood Trackpad Tray (US$59 in maple or walnut) to go along with its previously-released wood Keyboard Tray ($99 in maple or walnut).

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Grovemade adds the Trackpad Tray to the awesome Desk Collection

Grovemade adds the Trackpad Tray to the awesome Desk Collection

For quite a few years, I've used a Henge Docks Clique keyboard tray to keep my Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad side-by-side in front of my main blogging computer -- a 27-inch iMac. I like how it functions, but it's simply a rather pedestrian plastic tray that clashes with the large wood office desk that I work at. Fortunately, Portland-based Grovemade came to my rescue with the announcement today of the new wood Trackpad Tray ($59), part of the Desk Collection from the accessory manufacturer.

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Grovemade's Walnut Laptop Stand: Natural beauty

Grovemade's Walnut Laptop Stand: Natural beauty

Portland's Grovemade is one of my personal favorite accessory manufacturers for a lot of reasons. Sure, they make amazing and beautiful accessories that are handcrafted from wood, but the company's entire philosophy of thoughtfulness shows through in every product. The new Walnut Laptop Stand (US$119) is a perfect example of this philosophy, melding laminated walnut veneer, leather, and stainless steel into a graceful, beautiful and functional stand for your favorite MacBook.

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