Looking for something special to house your beloved Apple computer products? Sisters’ Justin Crofoot has just the ticket. Story by JEFF SPRY
Last year, Crofoot started a small business, Silva Limited, from a shop behind his house, handcrafting custom bamboo cases for Apple Macbooks and iPads. The cases display an incredible natural beauty and fine craftsmanship for such a young artist.
“I’ve lived most my life in Central Oregon and went to school right here in Sisters,” he said. “When I was around ten-years-old, I started to learn how to work with wood with my father. He runs a family owned and operated hardwood flooring business. Growing up and working with him, I was continually exposed to how wood works and what I could make with it. That’s how I developed a love of woodworking.”
Each individual case is made from a solid sheet of premium bamboo and CNC-machined hardware cut to exact Apple specifications, then entirely hand-assembled, felted and sanded. The strap is cut from cow hide, shaped for a comfortable feel then burnished and oiled to perfection. Its rich, lustrous surface is accomplished using a hand-rubbed Tung oil finish, then two coats of Polyurethane for a hard, glass-like polish.
The MacBook cases weigh just over two pounds and the iPad 2 case is about one pound, extremely light for being made out of solid wood. Inside, the box is lined with wool felt.
“Personally, I love Apple products,” said Crofoot. “As a new business venture, I decided to take some time and combine the two things I enjoy: wood and Apple products. So I started to develop and refine a process that not only protects those products but also gives them an exclusive “green” feel as well. They’re the perfect combination of beauty and protection. Why have a sturdy case if it doesn’t look and feel amazing?”
For orders or more information visit him online at www.silvaltd.com