hand crafted wooden phone cases by Kerfcase - hand sanded

joining sustainable materials with advanced technology for over 10 years

Redefining Handmade

Our Vision

We are dedicated to improving experiences through craftsmanship and improving the environment through better practices.

Our Mission

Our commitment demonstrates the urgency to preserve the environment while encouraging customers to make environmentally conscious purchases.  

two hands on a work table resting while processing a wooden phone case
detail photo of adding magsafe magnets to a wooden iphone case by hand

the Story of the name

Kerf

In woodworking, Kerf is the thickness of material removed from a saw blade, usually measured in 1/1000 of an inch increments.  Making familiar accessories from unconventional materials requires a level of extreme precision, so we chose Kerf to represent us because it’s everything we are: precise, finicky, and obsessed with perfection.

"Material is at the core of all the design choices we make. The materials we work with are a reflection of ourselves."

Ben Saks, Founder of KerfCase

Sourced with an emphasis on sustainability.

Our partnerships include Urban Tree, which rescues felled trees in the Pittsburgh area, local mills in Pennsylvania, and specialty lumber suppliers around the United States. They provide us with beautiful, local wood that does not rob the planet of oxygen and shade. Our exotic hardwood collection is not sourced from countries that exploit their natural resources or deal in endangered species.

colorful autumn leaves on tall trees and blue sky showing above

Environmental commitment

our roots go deep

Made from 100% natural wood, by their nature every wooden KerfCase is unique from all others.  From the cases themselves to the 100% post-consumer recycled packaging, we obsessively reuse and recycle as much as we can.  Avoiding waste isn’t just good business; it’s the right thing to do in our increasingly disposable world.

KerfCase's founding timeline

Our history

interior view of Carnegie Mellon University CFA domed painted ceiling

When it all started

Unsatisfied with existing cases, Ben spent an evening in the wood shop of Carnegie Mellon University's architecture school and created a case for his new iPhone 5.

better for the planet

Made to order

Our products are made to order and ship within five business days.  This helps keep our footprint small, and drastically reduces waste.  One of our favorite services is showing customers our raw wood stock and letting them choose the exact piece that becomes their case.  We believe it's critical to do our own customer service rather than exporting it, so you can contact us directly if you'd like us to make something special for you!