A wooden cover for you iPhone or iPad

I'm always attracted by natural products so have been intrigued when I see ads for wooden covers and cases. One of the makers of a wooden cover, Toast, recently sent me a walnut cover to try with my iPad mini. Toast offers wood covers so light and thin that they seem almost to be a film overlay on the back of your device. It may provide a small amount of protection, mainly from scratching, but the main purpose, I think, is simply elegance and feel. It adheres to your device with a 3M adhesive. You simply peel off the backing paper and apply the cover to the back of your device. You need to do it precisely, but can make adjustments as you apply it. Once it's been on your device a few minutes, then it's firmly fastened. It's not the sort of cover that you can put on and take off. You can, of course, remove it, but it will not then be reusable. To remove it, you gently warm it with a hair dryer to loosen the adhesive. They say that it won't do any damage to your device.

You can choose from walnut (which is pictured at right and which is what I have), and the much lighter bamboo and ash. The prices start at $25 for the iPhone 5, $35 for the iPad mini, and $45 for the iPad 2 and iPad with retina display. 

The covers are laser cut. And you can have various designs and custom text laser-etched into the wood. The iPhone 5 designs include a bird on a branch, deer stag, dandelion, squid, skull & crossbones, seahorse, and more. Adding a design or custom text adds $5 to the price, or $10 if you add both.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.