Announcement Pad and Quill is the tale about a shop formed with book binders, carpenters, a painter and a working mom. Coming together and creating beautiful hand made iPad/iPhone cases, leather bags and other dry goods. We love to celebrate the craftsman.
Pad and Quill is the tale about a shop formed with book binders, carpenters, a painter and a working mom. Coming together and creating beautiful hand made iPad/iPhone cases, leather bags and other dry goods. We love to celebrate the craftsman.
Dean Christiansen on Dec 6, 2016
Perfect size, high quality look and construction - thanks!
When you find yourself with a handful of seeds, careful cultivation will turn it to acres of bounty.
One of the favorite reads on the family bookshelf is Robinson Crusoe, the great adventure of a man lost at sea and then compelled to survive on the remnants of his ship and the provision of the island. At one dire point, desperate for provision, Crusoe discovers a handful of unspoiled seed among the reclaimed wreckage. He carefully husbands his find into a small crop, which he in turn harvests and resows. Within a handful of seasons, he's cultivated his seed into rolling fields of produce capable of feeding many.
This in essence is the Pad & Quill story. In the midst of a shipwrecked economy, having abandoned a floundering startup, we found ourselves on a proverbial island with a handful of seeds. When Brian called to say we ought to catch a ride on Apple's rising tide, I said "What???" and adjusted the earpiece on my rotary phone. Because, in terms of Mr. and Mrs. PQ, one was born a century too early and one a century too late. But we met here, in the decades of transition where technology is rapidly consuming tradition and the artisan craftsmanship of the working class is being plasticized and shipped overseas. Make no mistake, we love technology; Mr. PQ has queued up many a time, sleeping bag in hand, to grab the first gadget to roll off the assembly line. But like me, he also loves his art and in Pad & Quill we believe we have found the perfect marriage of local artistic tradition and spectacular new technology.
Brian, Kari and Tom are the chief designers of all our products. Once we have prototyped a new case we invest in cutting dies and various materials to make these handmade items. We work with waxed canvas, full grain leathers, book bindery cloths and baltic birch.
Many of our products start production with Eric, who cuts all of our wood on a CNC router. Bare sheets of russian baltic birch are transformed into device frames for iPads, iPhones and more. Dawn picks up these frames and they are then finished with a furniture like satin varnish at Brushmasters. In our book cases, the wood 'pages' then travel to our bindery where Tom and Jeff along with their employee's hand build every device cover and finish each piece with the classic PQ bookmark.
Our handmade leather parts and leather bags are crafted by our brothers and sisters in Leon, Mexcio. These are folks who's fathers, fathers worked with leather. Many of these leather items are then assembled at our bindery with our wood frames for final completion. We will communicate on every product page if and when a manufacturer helped us take these raw materials and turn them into something amazing.
Our products leave our shipping office daily where any of our Customer Service Guru's are standing by waiting to talk to you and answer any of your questions.
Our motto is Crafted - Pad and Quill
Brian (Mr. PQ)
Owner, Designer, Chief Everything Around Here
Dad of 4, married to Mrs PQ and could be diagnosed with adult ADD. Started PQ over 6 years ago with a team of bindery and wood artisans. Working with Kari, Tom, Jeff and Eric, he designs products and manages day to day operations.
Kari (Mrs PQ)
Owner, Designer, Finances
Mom of 4, wife and fellow entrepreneur. Kari is involved with all the finances, marketing and branding at PQ. When she can squeeze in some time, she's either participating in an Ironman or Marathon somewhere in the country.
Owner, Designer, Creator
Tom is a 30 year veteran of bookbindery work and fellow owner in Pad & Quill. He and Jeff own Trendex which also produce our book bindery covers. He and Brian are the key designers of almost every case we sell.
We all thank God for Dawn, our Operations Manager. She is our go to shipper and every other office task doer around here. You'll note that most every case will have a signature & smiley face, that is usually Dawn's or her shipping guru's!
Owner, Designer, Creator
Eric has over 15 years in CNC cutting experience. He is an owner at Pad & Quill and has designed, tested and produces every single wood cradle we use.
Jeff is Tom's brother and owner of Pad & Quill along with Trendex Bindery. He is a key part of strategy and finance in our shop.
Portafolios de Piel Co.
Portafolios de Piel Co. is a high quality leather manufacturer. They produce some of the highest quality leather goods on the market. They are passionate about quality, their people and their community in Leon.
Saint Paul, MN, United States
Since 1919, Trendex has worked with small companies and individuals. Taking ideas and initial concepts through final design prototype and into full production. Tom, Jeff and their folks are proud St. Paul, Minnesota based product manufacturers.
Minneapolis, MN, United States
Gotham Textile is a traditional manufacturing business that was established in 1923. They specialize in leather goods, bags and accessories. Adam, Kellen & their team hand make all our leather goods here in Minneapolis, USA. www.gothamtextile.com
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Refunds and Exchanges
**Please note this does not apply to any seconds cases listings. All sales are final.**