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Wooden Phone Case Craftspeople - The KerfCase Team

Unsatisfied with existing wooden iPhone cases, Ben Saks founded KerfCase in 2013. While working at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Architecture, he spent an evening in the wood shop and created the first KerfCase. Over the course of six months, the original KerfCase design was extensively revised, tested, and revised again. Rooted in a passion for craft and an exacting attention to fine details, Ben is a designer passionate about precision, fine craftsmanship, and natural materials.

Kerf Workshop

KerfCase was born at Techshop Pittsburgh, a community "makerspace" in the city's Bakery Square neighborhood. A former Nabisco bakery - turned technology hub, and home to Google's Pittsburgh offices. All of the wooden phone cases were carved using advanced CNC machines and then taken back to a converted room at home for sanding, finishing, and shipping.  

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In 2015, KerfCase grew too large to operated without a dedicated space of their own. The company moved to the former Mine Safety Appliances building, a converted factory which houses over 30 artists, startups, and small businesses. With space to grow, machines and tools were acquired. The design and development of new and exciting ways to make wooden iPhone cases was our top priority. 

iPhone 6 cases in production

Pushing the limits of wood led us to partner with ExOne, a local additive manufacturing company. Their process for 3D printing in metals was used to create our line of Alloy Cases.

"Kerf" is the thickness of material removed from a saw blade, usually measured in 1/1000 of an inch. This standard wood working term is important to KerfCase’s philosophy, as it represents the precision needed to make our wooden iPhone cases. Every wood iPhone and Pixel case uses a patent-pending technology to hold your iPhone inside the case using only friction. This leaves no part of the front of your iPhone obscured, no snapping your iPhone into a case, and no parts to assemble. Just press your iPhone in, or press it out. It's that simple.

Made from 100% natural wood, by their nature every wooden iPhone case is unique. KerfCase is devoted to joining sustainable materials with advanced technology. We believe in American Manufacturing, and as such, we do not outsource or import products from overseas. It might be harder, and more expensive, but its important to us and we believe in making it right here.

Our Forest

The story of our wood starts in the hills of Southwestern Pennsylvania, carpeted in a mixed deciduous forest. KerfCase wood phone cases are designed, machined, finished, and shipped from Pittsburgh, PA. Once the center of American steel production, Pittsburgh has transformed into a technology-centered city nestled in an urban forest. Our forest is comprised of oak, maple, walnut, cherry, ash, sycamore, and many other species of hardwood trees. Every piece of wood has a story, whether it's a piece of reclaimed flooring, or a beautiful burled wood from a local tree which was damaged in a storm.

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KerfCase wood is sourced locally and sustainably. Most of our wood comes from our friends at Urban Tree. Urban Tree works to reclaim sick and damaged street trees and local trees. Their team of arborists safely fell and mill trees which would otherwise end up as mulch.

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You guys did a fantastic job on this case! I will pass along to my high-end phone case friends. Keep up the good work, thanks for the prompt delivery. You guys rock!

The new case arrived today and you are definitely right - it is fantastic! It is just so different! Love it! Will be letting others know where to go when they want a quality, very different cell phone case.

I received my case yesterday. I love it. Generally, less is more for me with my Iphones. The phone is beautiful, I love the form factor and don't go with a heavier, bulkier case. However, yours is not that. Very unique case. I'm a big fan. Well done.
-Jim Rome

This case is a work of art.

I love this case. What separates Kerf cases from everything else on the market is the quality of the product. When you handle it, you feel like you're holding something special.

This case checks all my boxes: eco-friedly, handmade, clean design, durable and light-weight.

The quality of wood and craftsmanship are outstanding.

Absolutely gorgeous, unique case like nothing I've owned before.

This is the best case I have ever owned. Not only does it protect the phone but it is visually stunning and gets complimented constantly, truly a work of art.

The character of the wood is stunning. It's not like any other wood I've ever seen. Each case is a one-of-a-kind, but this one is uniquely impressive in its beauty. So happy with this case! Thanks to Ben for the outstanding customer service with the speedy shipping and detailed emails. I'm a customer for life. 

The character of the wood is stunning … So happy with this case!

This is an excellent phone case. It grips well on the hand therefore prevents accidental drops.

This spalted black walnut iPhone 6+ case was beyond my expectations. And the expectations were high … this product does not disappoint as the craftsmanship is five-star.

I didn't know what to expect, but when I got it in the mail and put it on it was absolutely beautiful. It is a great looking case. I highly recommend.

Absolutely beautiful! A true work of art. Phone fits perfectly. Looks better than any case I've owned.

I'm extremely pleased with it. It's like having a work of art surrounding my phone.

This case is crazy. No one else has this, it's on another level. Im always looking for something to stand out and this case is it.

I just received my new case and can not be more impressed and satisfied with this product. The flamed maple is awesome and the fit on the iPhone 7 is perfect!

I really love your products. They make me hate my phone a little less.

Thank you for making awesome things. I love it.

I received my case today. The fit is perfect and it is gorgeous!

I received my new phone case, and it is beautiful...a work of art!

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