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  • Grovemade.com Praised for Great Web Design

    Design has always been central to what we are about, and that extends from our products all the way to good website design. And, great websites are a valuable thing. This winter, we worked hard on a complete rebrand and redesign with some very talented friends and contributors in order to bring the new Grovemade.com to life. We are very happy with our new site in terms of visual appeal, user experience, and how it tells our story. Luckily, we’re not alone; there’s been public praise on blogs that feature the best website designs, and customers have been telling us good things. “When the collaboration is humming along well, you can get to a magical place no one can get to alone. The best creatives can listen to our feedback and work together with us to help us fulfill our vision. This experience has truly been a victory of team over individual.”  - Co-founder Ken Tomita     We were lucky enough to be able to assemble a team with designer and art director Peter Baston, photographer Chris Mueller, our in-house designer and photographer Max Brown, our in-house writer Mary Yajko, copywriting consultant Thomas McCracken, and our developer extraordinaire Yuji Tomita. Peter’s eye for style and his design guidelines are invaluable to us. Chris’s stunning photography helps us keep a gorgeous record of our workshop culture and our team. Max’s clean product photography and content design is the sustenance of our rebrand. Keen web copy does our story justice. And, Yuji makes it all possible with his custom backend web programming that keeps Grovemade.com not only handsome but also hard working.     Here are some links to website design blogs that have mentioned our site as an example of great website design:   Awwwards Average Score: 7.61 Quote from Site: “Very beautiful and clean website. I love the use of the pictures, spaces and typo. Fast and clean, easy to understand the navigation and very well coded.” Description: Honors the talent of the best web designers and developers and offers inspiration for great website design.   CSSDsgn Average Score: N/A Quote from Site: Grovemade tagged as “Ecommerce, Minimalist” Description: Web design inspiration blog.   French Design Index Average Score: 8.50 Quote from Site: N/A Description: “Webdesign, inspiration, graphic design, showcase... The best webdesign by French!”   The Best Designs Average Score: N/A Quote from Site: N/A Description: “Recognizes the best of web design from around the world[...]The Best Designs currently receives more than 1 million page views each month from designers, agencies, web professionals, business owners and design enthusiasts who visit to see the new websites that are added each day.” Don’t forget to check out the personal websites of our design and development team to read more about their talents: art director Peter Baston, photographer Chris Mueller, designer and photographer Max Brown, and developer Yuji Tomita. It was a wonderful experience to work together with this team of creative minds and see our new website and branding come to life.   Written by Mary Yajko. She is a copywriter and member of Team Grove originally from upstate New York. She enjoys opened minds, uncontrollable fits of laughter, and large amounts of french fries with ketchup.  
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  • Introducing the Bumper for iPhone 5/5S/5C

    Compatible with iPhone 5, 5S, and 5C, the clean design of the Bumper compliments the look and feel of the naked iPhone and is a perfect solution for the minimalist seeking style and protection. This unique all-wood bumper is handcrafted in our workshop in Portland from local black Walnut or domestically sourced Eastern Hardrock Maple.   The Bumper’s one-piece design utilizes the strong direction of the wood grain and Grovemade’s signature joint design for sturdy corners. The lustrous black, silver, or gold metal of the iPhone 5/5S and the vibrant color of the 5C are in full view with this accessory. Wooden actuated buttons provide a satisfying user experience, and the edge of the frame keeps the phone safely raised up from flat surfaces.   The Bumper is sustainably crafted in the Grovemade workshop in Portland, creating almost no material waste. This product is compatible with the Dock for iPhone and all front and back screen protectors. Enjoy hand-sanded, hand-oiled wood for the introductory price of $39 on Grovemade.com.   Written by Mary Yajko. She is a copywriter and member of Team Grove originally from upstate New York. She enjoys opened minds, uncontrollable fits of laughter, and large amounts of french fries with ketchup.  
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  • Creative Uses for our Packaging

    We put thought into developing the perfect packaging for our products, packaging that serves its purpose well without being wasteful. We truly enjoy our packaging for our iPhone cases, and we’ve found it can be super fun and useful even after you take your case out and get it onto your phone. Here are some ways we use the cardboard frame:   Dock and Stand: Slip the case onto your phone and pop the whole thing back into the cardboard frame for a versatile and stripped down version of a dock. Stick a pencil or stick in it and stand it up however you’d like!   Video Game Controller: Pull out the pencil and you’ve got an easy way to get a good grip on your phone while you play your favorite racing game. Vrooooom, vroooom, errrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeesch, vroooooom!   Picture Frame: Are you a repeat customer? White wash a bunch of frames or just leave ‘em bare, and you’ve got a whole crop of easy-to-hang picture frames. The pencil or stick as a stand trick works here too -- or just push it onto a small nail to hang.   Horseshoe Game: Maybe our favorite way to use old frames here at the workshop is to toss them like a frisbee at various targets. A peg makes this an indoor, (relatively) safe-for-work version of horseshoes! Forget having a great iPhone case; heck, we think the cardboard frame is motivation enough to place an order. Good thing we’re rich in cardboard here at the workshop! (Evil laughter). Written by Mary Yajko. She is a copywriter and member of Team Grove originally from upstate New York. She enjoys opened minds, uncontrollable fits of laughter, and large amounts of french fries with ketchup.
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  • We're Lucky Because...

    It’s St. Paddy’s Day, and at the Grovemade workshop, a lot of us are wearing green and feeling lucky. For us, it’s important to “live green” everyday -- biking, recycling, composting, being careful about waste. But today, “green living” means feeling lucky, enjoying each others’ creative spirits, pulling up our lime colored socks, counting our “Irish Blessings,” and yes, maybe enjoying a pint or two of a fine brew. Here are some reasons we’re lucky:   Sylvia: I'm lucky because I can sleep anytime and anywhere! Joe: I'm lucky to call this beautiful city home; there's no shortage of good people, microbrews, bespoke goods, affordable food, and adventures. Danielle: I'm lucky because I get to ride by the Belmont Goats when I bike to work. Barrett: I'm lucky because I get to work with all my friends! Ken: I’m lucky because I have someone who will scratch my back. Teryn: I'm lucky because I am surrounded by the best friends, family and dog anyone could ever ask for! Scott: I'm lucky that i love to eat but i also love to run. Yuji: I'm lucky because there's always a tape ball, water balloon or nerf bullet flying through the air. Galen: I’m lucky because ramyun is cheap and delicious.   Whether or not you’ll be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, we hope you enjoy your week and stay safe! It’s time for the team to go rehearse our choreographed Irish jig.   Written by Mary Yajko. She is a copywriter and member of Team Grove originally from upstate New York. She enjoys opened minds, uncontrollable fits of laughter, and large amounts of french fries with ketchup.
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  • Limited Edition Case in Collaboration with YACHT

    A limited edition of only 100 pieces, each case comes with a cassette single of "Plastic Soul", including a free digital download.    A collaboration with Los Angeles based music group YACHT, this case for iPhone 5/5S features the playful work of illustrator Tim Lahan. Created for the band’s new single, Plastic Soul, the design is direct printed onto hand-finished, domestic Eastern Hardrock Maple.   YACHT is a conceptual pop group based in Los Angeles, California. The core duo is Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans, whose wide-ranging interests cause YACHT to frequently metamorphose: from band to belief system, from disco infiltrators to punk rockers, from performance artists to graphic designers, publishers, sculptors, or philosophers. YACHT has released five full-length records and has toured with LCD Soundsystem, Vampire Weekend, and the Postal Service.    The Plastic Soul design featured on the case was created by Tim Lahan: artist, illustrator, and friend of YACHT, living and working in New York City. See more of his work on TimLahan.com or trademark-trademark.com. Lahan divides his time between The New York Times, Jack Spade, Nike, and McSweeney’s and draws a semi-weekly comic called Today or Tomorrow.   Written by Mary Yajko. She is a copywriter and member of Team Grove originally from upstate New York. She enjoys opened minds, uncontrollable fits of laughter, and large amounts of french fries with ketchup.    
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  • Digital Trends’ Write-up and Video Profile of Grovemade

    “These guys can’t sit still,” writes Digital Trends about our team here at Grovemade.  Earlier this winter, the popular technology news site wrote a profile on our company highlighting our spontaneity and innovation in product design. Watch the wonderful video they made to accompany the article, below:     The article focuses on our development of the Wood Smart Case for iPad Air and iPad Mini in one week, around the time of the iPad Mini 2 launch. We’re very grateful to have been featured on Digital Trends in an article that acknowledges the passion behind our crafting.   Digital trends writes, “Part of that seat-of-the-pants building process plays to their personalities. ‘Both me and Joe are more like spontaneous guys,’ Tomita says. ‘We’re good at just being thrown in there and just doing things on the fly. I’m used to doing project work for festivals and stuff. You only have like a week, you just have to make stuff up and go with it.’”   Descriptions of our workspace show off our penchant for hands-on development: “The detritus from this unconstrained creative process litters Grove’s office: whimsical laser cuttings of bears and gears, pennant lamps made from bamboo, a tiny ball-in-maze game made from laminated plywood.”     “Ultimately, the challenge suits them. ‘If we were just making belts or something, we would just design it once and it would be around for decades,’ Mansfield explains. ‘We have this opportunity – we’re forced to constantly innovate. It puts a lot of pressure on us, but I think in the end it’s a good pressure. It’s a good stress.’”   Read the full article and see more photos on Digital Trends!   Written by Mary Yajko. She is a copywriter and member of Team Grove originally from upstate New York. She enjoys opened minds, uncontrollable fits of laughter, and large amounts of french fries with ketchup.
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  • New Walnut + Maple Products and a Whole New Website

        Meet the new Grovemade.com! Our new website highlights the story and innovation behind our products and introduces the people behind it all. Reflecting the Grovemade design approach, this new digital experience also provides cutting edge performance in speed and touch usability.   Walnut Collection A special edition series, our Walnut Collection represents woodworking at its finest and includes our Case for iPhone 5/5S, our Walnut Dock for iPhone, and our Walnut Smart Case for iPad Air and iPad Mini. Grovemade Walnut items are milled and sanded from local Oregon black walnut and celebrate the natural richness of this luxurious wood. We love working with dark, gorgeous walnut and creating finished products as distinguished as the material itself.   Maple Collection The Maple Collection shows off the bright, clean beauty of domestically sourced Eastern Hardrock Maple and includes our Case for iPhone 5/5S and our Maple Dock for iPhone. The Maple Case for iPhone was our first ever case milled from solid hardwood, integrating our sturdy inner core design to enhance the natural strength of the wood. Each Maple piece is hand-sanded and finished with natural oil and wax. Use discount code Walnut+Maple2014 for 20% off our new collections for one week only.   Written by Mary Yajko. She is a copywriter and member of Team Grove originally from upstate New York. She enjoys opened minds, uncontrollable fits of laughter, and large amounts of french fries with ketchup.
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  • Meet Grove’s One and Only Brodie!

        Brodie is an Oregon native who grew up in Forest Grove.   At work he lasers things with his eyes. Brodie is the laser master. He lasers and prints products and oversees the shipping of orders. He’s the one that makes sure all products get made to order as customers’ place orders online.     Outside work he is hiking and discovering new hiking adventures and ideal camping spots. Brodie also might be working on his car, if it has broken down recently. And, he tries to find new places to eat in Portland that are interesting and outside the radar.   Brodie’s good at multitasking and being appropriately OCD about lean manufacturing, making sure everything gets done efficiently -- both at work and at home.     He enjoys traveling and experiencing different people’s beliefs and perspectives on life. Of the 12 countries he’s been to, two of his favorite places are Ethiopia and Palau. Brodie also enjoys spending time with friends and family and having bouts of ridiculous laughter. He's had a lot of experience teaching, but he doesn’t have a teaching degree. He’s taught English and been a substitute teacher from nursery school to grade 12, and he’s taught kids with special needs in both middle and high school.   You might not guess that Brodie was a child model for Nike, Adidas, and Columbia sportswear. He used to have pictures in the Oregonian that his classmates would cut out and tease him with at school.   Written by Mary Yajko. She is a copywriter and member of Team Grove originally from upstate New York. She enjoys opened minds, uncontrollable fits of laughter, and large amounts of french fries with ketchup.  
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  • Solid Chocolate Case for iPhone 5/5S: Melts in your hand, and on your phone.

    For your sweetie with a sweet tooth, we’ve crafted a functional Grovemade iPhone case made from solid dark chocolate. It’s completely edible! With the mission to make the best chocolate case, we teamed up with local chocolate maker Charley Wheelock of Woodblock Chocolate. Woodblock Chocolate is a family run, bean to bar chocolate manufactory here in Portland -- the result of years of hard work from wife and husband team Jessica and Charley Wheelock. They start from scratch with the cacao bean and are proud to be part of the American craft chocolate revolution. Check out the special features of the Chocolate Case: Delicious, thin, and sleek Made from premium single origin, bean-to-bar chocolate optimized for CNC milling Special collaboration with our friends at Woodblock Chocolate No emulsifiers, like soy lecithin, means more concentrated flavors and a higher melting temp Made entirely in the Grovemade workshop in Portland Ergonomic button openings with full access to all ports Precision-milled from a solid block of deliciousness Hand finished to be velvety smooth to the touch Alright, so THESE ARE NOT ACTUALLY FOR SALE. We can’t keep making them without gunking up our machines with that sweet stuff. They are pretty fun to play with though!   Written by Mary Yajko. She is a copywriter and member of Team Grove originally from upstate New York. She enjoys opened minds, uncontrollable fits of laughter, and large amounts of french fries with ketchup.
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  • Grove Rebranding Sale: Get 20% Off With Code

    We have some big news: we’re rebranding and redesigning our entire look, from our logo to our website. We’re rebranding in 2014 to shift the focus of our company from mostly cases to more than just cases. As always, we’re developing some new products, which means the inevitable update to our product line in addition to changes in the style of our brand.     When the new site is launched next month, we’ll be discontinuing both our Artist Series laser engravings for the Bamboo Case for iPhone 5/5S and iPhone 4/4S and our Custom WoodPrint Case. We’ll also be discontinuing our Artist Series for the Grove Notebook leather covers for Moleskine.   We’re offering a 20% discount code on the above mentioned items: RebrandingSale_2014. The code will expire at the end of Feb. 3rd, so get them while you still can at this special price!     We hope you’ll like our fresh new style. The website will feature gorgeous new photography of our products, studio, and team. We’re looking forward to telling the Grovemade story in an updated way and introducing the improved user experience of our online store.     If you’ve been waiting to do it, now is the time to get an Artist Series case, WoodPrint Case, or artist series Grove Notebook leather cover for Moleskines, especially if you’d like to take advantage of our discount by using this code at checkout: “RebrandingSale_2014” (Expires 11:59pm Feb. 3rd).   We're so excited about our re-branding project, we can't stop chair-dancing! We'll announce the launch of the new website on our Facebook, blog, and newsletter, so stay tuned!   Written by Mary Yajko. She is a copywriter and member of Team Grove originally from upstate New York. She enjoys opened minds, uncontrollable fits of laughter, and large amounts of french fries with ketchup.
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  • The Top 5 Grove Stories from 2013

    We’ve had quite a year at Grove; so much has happened. We can’t believe the year has come to an end, and we wanted to reminisce on some of our favorite things that happened this year. From 10-foot-tall Christmas trees to tubing on the river, from re-designing products in one week to some of the most exciting announcements, 2013 was one remarkable year.   Moving Our Entire Workshop This year, we moved our entire workshop from two floors of the Town Storage Building, which we shared with several other small Portland businesses and creatives, to a new location in Southeast Portland all our own. It was great to move from having our operation shared between two floors to having everyone on the same level. It’s also pretty sweet having our own building. We’ve had a good time slowly renovating and redecorating: we’ve even got an indoor mural by Japanese artist Mhak and an outdoor mural by Brazilian artist Marcelo Macedo! Summer River picnic and Waterfall Hike This summer was full of sunshine and good times. We made it a point to do some summer group activities. Our waterfall hike at Oneonta Gorge was a real adventure; the hike involved scaling a giant pileup of logs and wading in freezing cold water up to our chins! We also had an amazing cookout at the Sandy River. We set up a little food tent and made ourselves at home all afternoon. Highlights included intense games of frisbee, naps in hammocks, and tying all our inner tubes together to try to float on the river in tandem.   iPad Cases Re-Designed We decided to bring back the Grove iPad case this year with the new Wood Smart Case for iPad Air and iPad Mini. The development process was fast-paced and exciting. Read about that here! The case features a new construction method and three versatile standing positions. Eastern Hardrock Maple creates a sturdy frame and a flexible bamboo cover gives you standing options, while strong rare-earth magnets hold the tablet in place. This is one of our most unique cases yet.   The Giant Christmas Tree Joe surprised us this Christmas season when he showed up at the workshop with a huge Christmas tree that was at least 12 feet tall. We were all giddy like little children when the behemoth first graced us with its presence. The best part was that when Joe and his girlfriend Rachel picked up the tree, it was too big for the machine that compresses and ties up the tree, so they tied it to the roof of their little Subaru with its massive width almost enveloping the entire car and turning heads all the way down the highway. What to Expect When Grove’s Expecting For the first time in Grove history, we’ve got little baby team members on the way! This year, two team members are each expecting their first new additions to their families. Can you guess who the two parents-to-be are?   There you have it. What could 2014 have in store that could top this? I guess we’ll find out!   Written by Mary Yajko. She is a copywriter and member of Team Grove originally from upstate New York. She enjoys opened minds, uncontrollable fits of laughter, and large amounts of french fries with ketchup.
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  • Grovemade's New Year's Resolutions of 2014

    A couple of us have some important New Year’s resolutions for 2014. We wanted to share them to hold ourselves accountable and also to give you some ideas if you haven’t come up with a resolution yet. We’re planning on having a wonderful year here at the Grovemade workshop! Max: “Draw even more. (Draw more was last year's resolution).” Jim: “More yoga time!” Ken: “Get my back healthy again so I can play basketball.” Danielle: “I want to web publish a comic I've been working on writing the past few years. It's scary, but I'm gonna take the jump.” Sylvia: “To be more prompt and not procrastinate (as much).” Dashia: “Be more compromising.” Teryn: “Stop drinking so much Coca-Cola (or at least cut back to one/day :-)” We hope that inspired you with your own resolution. Happy New Year from Team Grove! Written by Mary Yajko. She is a copywriter and member of Team Grove originally from upstate New York. She enjoys opened minds, uncontrollable fits of laughter, and large amounts of french fries with ketchup.
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  • From Start to Finish: The Grove Dock

    The Grove Dock is one of our favorite products here. We just love plugging and unplugging our phones with one hand, and our desks look so sharp. The Dock is also one of our most interesting products to manufacture, because we are using a steel component for the first time ever. Here’s how we make them: 1) The heavy steel bases are milled out of a solid block of steel for us by a partner company close by in McMinnville, Oregon. Our machines can handle machining metal but we have them setup for wood, so our friends about an hour southwest of Portland mill this component of the Dock. 2) The steel bases are then sent to two other partner companies nearby Portland -- one company adds nickel plating to the silver Dock base and the other company adds a black coating to the black Dock base (the same black coating used on black knives and guns!). 3) We receive the steel bases here at our Grovemade workshop, and inspect each one very closely for any scratches or imperfections. 4) Meanwhile! In our workshop, we’ve been working hard to mill the bamboo Dock caps out of solid blocks of bamboo, like our Bamboo Cases for iPhone. We hand sand and apply a natural citrus oil and wax blend to each cap. Finally, we laser engrave our logo into the bamboo. 5) We also laser cut the various insert keys out of black acrylic, which are used to pinch the charging cable inside the dock so it can be adjusted to be used with or without a case. We make one key for the 30-pin adapter and one for the lightning adapter. 6) We laser cut the black cardboard sleeve which we specially designed for the packaging of the dock. Our logo is featured in cutout form on the sleeve, along with the satisfying perforated strip you can peel back when you first open your Dock! 7) Finally, we pack up each Grove Dock for iPhone kit ourselves and ship them from our workshop to you! Remember -- this thing is wonderfully heavy! We’ve said it before, but please, please, PLEASE don’t drop this Dock on your toes!
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  • Give the Gift of Grove

    Why does Grove make the perfect Christmas gift, you ask? Why, take a seat here by the virtual blazing fireplace, and let us pour you a proverbial cup of hot cocoa and explain. The first thing to understand is that there’s something on Grovemade.com for everyone on your holiday gift list. I’m SERIOUS, guuuuys. Here look:   For the traditional buddy with a heart of gold You know what phone they have, because you’ve seen them slyly glancing at it during boring hangouts. Get that steadfast buddy the classic, beloved Bamboo Case for iPhone 4/4S and 5/5S. Where could you go wrong with lovely hand-sanded and oiled bamboo. Go for plain or one of the more simple engravings or challenge your buddy to think outside the box with a trippy artist series design. For the night-owl techie with their head always in an e-book: Let me guess, they’re up on all the latest and greatest tablets like a bear on honey. They need dem cozy pants and warm slippers, a warm drink, and their iPad Air or iPad mini flipped open to their fave game, blog, or e-book. Knock their slippers off with a darn beautifully crafted Wood Smart Case, and take their iPad browsing to the next level. [Please note, this gift also works for the small biz entrepreneur that never has time to hang out.] For the stylish significant other that you need to impress: So maybe you already got them the predictable gift that they already sort of know about. We recommend also getting a surprise gift, and what better to surprise them with than a completely one-of-a-kind customized WoodPrint Case for iPhone 5/5S? This sexy case is made from smooth maple, and you can upload any image you’d like to customize it, such as your lover’s artsy instagram of last night’s sunset. Bonus points: customize it with a picture of the cat you two co-parent. D’aww. For the person who is the coolest and deserves the best gift: This person is probably your super cool mom or dad or someone that you have a really big crush on or someone that you have children with. If they like color and are still young at heart, they get the SkateCase for iPhone 5/5S. Recycled skateboard material makes this case as cool as this person. If they are more serious (read: too cool for school), then congrats to them; they get the Grove Dock for iPhone. This is a useful iPhone accessory as well as a well designed accent for the home or workspace. For the person you don’t want to spend that much on The Bamboo Back for MacBook or iPad is slick looking and also affordable at just $29. It’s kind of like buying them a new MacBook or iPad. They will basically freak out. Or, you could get them a leather notebook cover starting at $69 for an artist series design including pocket-sized Moleskine notebook. Look at this beautiful cover design by French artist Lotie. Do you see? Grove really does make the best gift! Happy holiday hunting to all!  
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  • Come Visit Us at Our Open House!

    Come meet the team and participate in a special sale at the Grove Open House! If you’d like to meet us and our products in person, now is your chance. Come say “Hey!” at our annual Grove Open House - December 13th, 6pm to 9pm at our workshop (432 SE 9th Ave, Portland, Oregon). We value being able to open our doors once each year, sharing what we do and how we do it with friends, family, and customers. Meet our hardworking team, take a tour of our workshop, see how we make our products, do some last minute Christmas shopping, and just plain have a good time with Grovemade. MapleXO, skateboard jewelry designer and our collaborator on the SkateCase and SkateBacks, will also be joining us to sell some products and share some smiles. Get ready for some amazing deals on some rad products and check out the Facebook event for some solid details on when and where. We hope to see you there!
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  • Bamboo Backs for the Whole iPad Family!

    Exciting news: we’ve updated our Bamboo Backs, so they’re now available for the new iPad Air as well as new and old models of the iPad Mini! No matter what model of the iPad you’ve got, we’ve got you (and your device) covered. And, as always, choose one for your MacBook Air or Pro as well. Smooth, all-natural bamboo turns your MacBook or iPad into a unique item and instant conversation piece. Express yourself the moment you open your MacBook display or pull out your iPad: Compatible with the iPad Air, iPad 2-4, iPad Mini, MacBook Air 11” and 13”, MacBook Pro 13” and 15” Made with all-natural bamboo veneer Hand sanded and finished with natural oils for a smooth feel Adheres with a 3M adhesive that does not leave a permanent residue Bamboo Backs for iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro are now available on Grovemade.com at just $29!
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  • Team Grove's Holiday Wish List

    The holiday season is upon us! Can you even believe it? This season is all about wishing and hoping, staying cozy, and being thankful. Team Grove has some wishes and hopes for Christmas. If you’re out doing holiday shopping and wondering what to get for your favorite company, here’s our official wish list: Snow Ginger and Sean are both wishing for snow. It doesn’t snow much in Portland. Most of our snow comes in liquid form, if you catch my drift. (See what I did there?) Nevertheless, we still pine longingly to wake up to the white sparkly wonderland of a snowy Christmas morning. Just sayin’. Pendant Light from Schoolhouse Electric Mike Dowty is wishing for this lovely Harding 6” Pendant Light from Schoolhouse Electric. This Portland company is of the highest quality, and their product description says it all: “Our exclusive parts are made of heavy gauge, solid American brass and hand-finished in our state-of-the-art patina shop[...]our craftspeople in Portland, Oregon, build each fixture to your specifications.” California King Bed Dashia is wishing to sleep like a queen on an iComfort mattress from Serta. What better way to drift off?  If she could choose any size, she thinks California king is the way to go. Until then, let us all appreciate Rihanna’s ode to large beds. A Papaya Tree Scott wants a papaya tree. Just call him PawPaw Snair. A Horizontal Milling Machine Ken wants the DMC 125 H duoBLOCK horizontal milling machine. If you’re a milling dork like Ken, you would enjoy this machine’s large traverse paths of 49.2 x 39.4 x 41.3 inches and high pallet load up to 4,409.2 lbs. It’s ideal for large-parts machining. Not to mention its smaller footprint for more efficient production. Yeah, it’s like the machining version of asking Santa for a BMW, but one can hope, right? The Newest iPhone Like some of us here at Grove, Teryn hasn’t yet gotten her hands on the newest version of Apple’s iPhone, the 5S. The newest iPhone is definitely a hot commodity, especially if you are eager to use one of our newest cases. And, we’ve said it before, the iPhone 5S is sleek, sexy, and full of advanced features and functionality. Time With Friends and Family Galen is wishing that everyone on Team Grove gets some quality time with their friends and family during the holidays. Grove will be closed for the Christmas week and New Years to ensure we all get some warm-fuzzy time. Finding the perfect gift is important, but we all hope everyone is more concerned with finding the perfect recipe, perfect hot cocoa to marshmallow ratio, and perfect spot on the couch for prime fireplace or Christmas tree viewing. Happy Holidays from us here at Grove.
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  • Get 20% Off the Bamboo iPhone 5/5S Case Today Only!

      Black Friday has nothing on Cyber Monday! Celebrate the best day to shop online with a 20% discount off our Bamboo Case for iPhone 5 and 5S. Use discount code CYBERMONDAY2013 at checkout. Only valid today, this discount code expires at midnight tonight! If you’re good at the internet and are planning on doing some holiday shopping, Cyber Monday is your friend. Use this limited-time deal on our handcrafted Bamboo Case to get a special gift for the iPhone lover in your life. Now is your chance.   Not sure what to get your awesome friend or loved one that seems to always be getting the latest and greatest Apple gear and accessories? A Grove Gift Card is the perfect way to say, “Hey, here’s your permission to go to town on Grovemade.com!” Happy gifting, from Team Grove!
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  • Our Schultzy is Doing a Kickstarter!

    Our very own Mike Schultz is doing a Kickstarter called Thailand Burma Flora Fauna: A Handmade Print Series. We’re all supporting him because we love him, but we’re also doing it because we love beautiful handmade artwork. Mike wants to create a new series of linocut prints of the flora and fauna of Thailand and Burma, designed as part of a workshop with an arts and crafts studio on the Thai-Burma border. Checkout his project page and the video that a couple of us helped put together with Mike!     Buying handmade prints is special on its own; however, when you buy them through this Kickstarter, you’re not only supporting the creation of an entire series, but you’re also supporting valuable workshops for apprentices at the Puzzlebox Art Studio. This keeps the studio running, providing invaluable community benefits for the apprentices that depend on the studio for daily support, training, and language skills. Mike spent 15 months on the Thai-Burma border in 2010 and 2011, where he helped establish the Puzzlebox Art Studio. He’ll be returning there at the end of this month to work with the studio staff on this new series of designs. The Puzzlebox provides a safe space for Burmese migrant youth to work as artist apprentices learning useful skills that they would otherwise not have access to. After five months, he will be returning to Portland to create the print series.   Please help make this wonderful artwork possible by purchasing some through the Kickstarter! Thank you so much for reading.  
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  • 10 Things We Love About PDX

    Hey, we love this town. Here are 10 reasons why Portland should be your favorite city too: 1) The City - The city of Portland is darn lovable. It rocks fall foliage all the way through November, and it even wears clouds well. We love the overcast skies of autumn and winter, because they keep out the wimps. You like tall buildings? We got “Big Pink” poking the sky right there. You like nature? Gaze just beyond the buildings and you’ll see giant evergreens peeking over from the hillsides. 2) Art - Portland is a great place for art lovers. We’ve got the Portland Art Museum and countless smaller galleries and cafes that show art. Many artists call PDX home,  including Jon MacNair, Amy Ruppel, and illustrators Josh Kenyon and Colby Nichols, AKA Jolby. Here’s a photo from a Jolby show this past year at Albina Press. 3) Friends - How could we not love Portland? It’s home to so many of our friends and loved ones. PDX is infamous for fun loving antics as well. We know how to have a good time here, day or night. Here’s a classic shot of Team Grove outside the Portland Art Museum. 4) The Wilderness - Portland is surrounded by beautiful scenery, which makes sense in Oregon, a state boasting a treasure trove of gorgeous landscapes. The towering evergreens lend a magical quality to Portland’s surrounding forested areas. Walk straight from Portland’s dense Northwest neighborhood into Forest Park for miles of serene hiking. Bursting with moss, ferns, and douglas firs, the Pacific temperate rainforest is green year-round!   5) Donuts - Need we say more? Yes, we know everyone is aware of the awesome offerings at VooDoo Doughnut, but our personal favorite is Delicious Donuts. Better get there early before they sell out, though! 6) Coffee - Portland is the land of coffee aficionados, yes, but us normal folk also benefit from the plethora of local coffee shops and roasteries around every corner. We’ve got Stumptown, we’ve got Ristretto Roasters, we’ve got Water Avenue, and we’ve got a personal favorite, Get About Coffee, which had its badass beginning at local Roller Derby bouts! 7) Music - Portland’s got a wonderful local music scene, and is always bringing in great acts from out of town as well. One of our favorite things to do here is check out a show at a local venue. This past year, Astoria, Oregon’s Blind Pilot played with the Oregon Symphony at the ritzy Arlene Schnitzer concert hall downtown. 8) Food Carts - It’s simple really - we’ve got a whole population of food-loving, tough-skinned, hard workers in this city. We needed to figure out how to fit the most convenient, unique, locally made, yummy foods as we could into our available space; the answer was food carts. Around every corner, there’s a little pod of food carts popping up and staying open late. 9) Business - We’ve got a wonderful local business community in our corner of Oregon, including countless smaller operations like us (Grove!), Bridge & Burn, and MapleXO, medium-sized ones like Leatherman and Pendleton Woolen Mills, and giants like Nike and Adidas. Check out the above picture of Team Grove on a field trip to Leatherman last winter. 10) Bridges - There are eight, soon to be nine, bridges just in the downtown area of Portland alone. We don’t call it Bridgetown for nothing! This city knows how to get from point A to point B in style. Bridges here connect one neighborhood to another, one side of the river to the other, and yes, they look good too. See, it’s your favorite city now, isn’t it?
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  • Grove's Favorite [Silly] iPhone Accessories!

    We like to keep ourselves in the know about what’s what in the world of iPhone 5 accessories. The quirkier the better -- which isn’t to say these strange and amusing accessories aren’t also super useful! Check out some of our favorite unique iPhone accoutrements:   The Crankerator If you’re stuck out in nature with no outlets and your phone is dying, have no fear. Charge it with your elbow grease. “It's a tiny brick of extra energy for your phone or tablet. Charge it by plugging into a wall, or just crank that (Soulja Boy) handle.”   The iPhone SLR Mount “This case-adapter combo lets you mount your Canon EOS or Nikon SLR lenses to your iPhone 4/4s/5/5s giving your phone powerful depth of field and manual focus.” In other words, it’s a tool to let you easily achieve master status on Instagram.     ARKHIPPO Case This hefty rubber chunky case flies in the face of iPhone accessories that tout their “sleek and thin” feel. The ARKHIPPO gives your phone weight, toughness, size, and the ability to stand in a bunch of different positions.   BREFFO Spiderpodium “[The] 'take it everywhere, use it anywhere' Spiderpodium portable dock & podium is a universal, multi-purpose, gadget grip, holster, dock and display podium[...]” We love our Spiderpodium, and had a great time using it as the Green Thing in our #FridayCatTraps!   The Natural Acoustics iPhone Amplifier This super fancy passive iPhone amplifier acts as a stylish unplugged speaker for your phone. “Designed in Milan, it is handcrafted entirely of slip-cast ceramic fired in Vincenza, renowned since the 18th century for its traditional ceramics that have been compared to the finest Chinese porcelain.”   The Original Patented Knucklecase for iPhone Here’s the case for you if you want to keep a guarded grip on your phone at all times! “Each Knucklecase is painstakingly machined from a solid block of aluminum. We only work with the finest machinists in the United States.” There you have it - some accessories we think stand out among the same ‘ole, same ‘ole.
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  • Meet Dashia, Grove Production Assistant!

    Dashia has been with Grove since the end of summer, but we’re pumped to finally introduce her here on the blog. We’ve been so happy to have her as a member of team Grove! She’s such a sweet and positive presence here at the studio. Her role at Grove is production assistant. Dashia works with her hands to finish and perfect each case in the woodshop. An iPad Mini fanatic, she’s stoked to be working on the new iPad cases. As you can see, Dashia also put her all into dressing up for Halloween this year, when she channelled a butterfly to match her rad tattoos.   Outside of work, Dashia is a loving mother of two, a runner and basketball fan, and a talented crocheter of scarves. She also loves to build just about anything from bookshelves to skyscrapers. Her life revolves around her mini-me’s, son Taishawn, 15 years old, and little daughter Camellia, 16 months old. Camellia never leaves Mom’s side around the house, and, at barely 1 1/2 years old, can already say just about anything Dashia can say. She loves to talk and even has her favorite books memorized to read aloud! Dashia is the ultimate team mom for teenage Taishawn. She NEVER misses a basketball game and always excitedly gathers up gear in the team colors for her and Camellia to wear when they cheer in the stands. Taishawn may be a little embarrassed to have the loudest cheer section, but his cheerleaders shout it out anyway! When she’s not on duty as team mom, Dashia is looking forward to going to the movies (at least once every other weekend for sure) or going for runs with her fiance Demetric. She’s a previous half-marathon runner that loves to keep up with her swift sweetheart. And, during downtime at home, it’s all about working on the hats and scarves she’s passionate about crocheting. The most important things to Dashia are all the little moments in each day where you learn something new - that and family. Family is always first for her, and we’re so happy to have her in our Grove family! Yay for Dashia!
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  • #Grovemade in the Wild!

    It’s time, once again, to proclaim: “We love Instagram!” Here comes another monthly installment of stylish Instagrams from our fans and followers. This time they are tagged with #Grovemade, #GroveDock, or #WoodPrintCase, with a special shout-out to our WoodPrint Cases and iPhone Docks. Follow us @Grovemade. jo_shindig: “Oh hai, baby. New #woodprintcase courtesy of @grovemade. Custom.#iPhone5” neeled_it: “#woodprintcase” stephenpperry1: “My prize for winning the @grove #woodprintcase competition came. Proudly on display now :) cheers grove gang!” kat_vossen: “Gumby just came by to buy a Vossen iPhone case. #vossen #gumby#textingpokey #grovemade @kdot_vossen” zkuang: “#grovemade So heavy” jaredspics: “Old iPhone case broke.... just got my new one in! #grovemade” jakesiimpson: “arrived already I'm so happy #grovemade @grovemade” fusac: “#Grovedock #inbound #grovemade #portland #madeintheusa #iphone5#apple #dockingstation #metal #black #bamboo #solid #unboxing#unpacked #leaf” ni_perk: “New favorite thing: personalized Grove iPhone case, in the wagon..windows down..Ty sleeping..that was a great road trip! #grove #grovemade #iphonecase” adamagram: “My new iPhone case from @grovemade #grovemade” Last but not least, check out this awesome unwrapping video of the dock by @aphxtwinin! Thank you so much to all our Instagram followers for your awesome photos! Keep ‘em coming by tagging your Grove photos with #Grovemade, #WoodPrintCase, #GroveDock, #SkateCase, or #BambooBack. And, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram!
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  • How Our New Wood Smart Cases for iPad Came to Be

    Product development is a big part of what we do at Grove, even though we don’t always get to do it everyday. It’s also a whole lot of fun and a whirlwind of ideas, teamwork, and experimentation. Our latest escapade of designing the new Grovemade Wood Smart Case for iPad Air and iPad Mini was no exception. It’s thrilling, for product design nerds like us! We wanted to give you a little look behind the scenes, straight from some of our product developers. The Craziness Barrett: Running around in circles trying to figure out what combination of materials we were going to use! Sean: The waiting, the wondering. Realizing that, YES, we are going to make an iPad case, and that we are going to make it differently than everything we have made before. Joe: Sleepless nights thinking through the challenges, and dialing in all the details. Ken: Having a finished prototype and Max going into his zone and getting all the collateral up online. Boom!   The Hilarity Barrett: In a daze, we forgot to turn off the heat press. Joe went back into the shop specifically to turn it off, only to come back out having forgotten again. Sean: Buying the cutest little drill press you have ever seen, and then discovering it has a whole family of cute little tool brothers and sisters (So little)! Joe: Super gluing my hand to the case while assembling the frame. Ken: Barrett and Joe called me in one weekend. They had been staring at the prototype for way too long, but I came in and instantly knew the design was awesome! The Exhilaration Barrett: When we made the first prototype and slid the iPad mini in and felt it in our hands. When we knew we had a product. Sean: Having the lasers be the star of the production process. Joe: The synergy of working closely with my friends around the clock and the simple act of going from a napkin drawing to a finished product for sale on our website! Ken: How well the team as a whole worked. The prototypers, of course, but also everyone else on the team -- we were running like a fine swiss watch. The End Product In the end, the beautiful and functional Wood Smart Case for iPad Air and iPad Mini was born -- Thanks to Almond Snickers, always smiling at each other, and the lessons we’ve learned on how to work well as a team. Every product developed is a victory for trust!
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