walnut Stories December 13, 2015

Amazon is once again offering the Pencil by FiftyThree at its all-time lowest prices today. You can grab the iOS-friendly smart stylus for $29.99 in Graphite and $39.99 shipped in Gold or Walnut. The Graphite model will ship free for Prime members or in orders of $35 or more. This is matching both the deal we posted on Black Friday and the lowest they have ever been offered for.

With Pencil by FiftyThree you to draw or sketch ideas and art on your iPhone or iPad via the Paper iOS companion app. Features include Bluetooth connectivity, palm rejection, pressure sensitivity, USB recharging, and more. Rated 4.1/5 stars from over 1,450 Amazon customers. expand full story

walnut Stories November 26, 2015

expiredPencil by FiftyThree smart iPad stylus hits its lowest price yet from $30 Prime shipped (Orig. $50), more

Amazon is offering the Pencil by FiftyThree at all-time low prices today. The smart stylus for iPad, iPad Pro and iPhone is now available for $29.99 in Graphite and $39.99 shipped in Gold and Walnut. As usual, the Graphite model will ship free for Prime members or in orders of $35 or more. This is $10 below the lowest price we have ever seen (including Black Friday last year) and the current best price around. This same deal is also available at Best Buy.

Pencil by Fifty-three allows you to draw or sketch ideas and art on iOS devices via the Paper iOS app. They feature Bluetooth connectivity, palm rejection tech, a pressure sensitive tip, USB rechargeable battery, and more. Rated 4.1/5 stars from over 1,450 Amazon customers.

While it may not be as highly rated as the Pencil option, the Livescribe 3 Smartpen for Android & iOS Tablets and Smartphones is also on sale for $99 shipped at Amazon and Best Buy. That’s about $50 under the going rate and the best price we have ever tracked. While reviews are split on Amazon, Best Buy customers give it a 4.1/5 stars.

walnut Stories July 19, 2015

Update (7/25 1:00pm): @Nicky_Rizzles is our winner, thanks for reading!

This week 9to5Toys will be giving away a pair of Grain Audio’s new OEHP.01 Over-Ear Solid Wood Headphones. Grain Audio has been around for awhile, best known for their wooden Bluetooth and bookshelf speakers. Made from solid Walnut, these headphones are the first over-ear offering from this audio manufacturer.

Head below for more details and to find out how you could win a pair:  expand full story

walnut Stories July 17, 2015

Since Apple Watch was released back in the Spring to varying degrees of fanfare, accessory companies have been rushing to develop and ship their own products for this new timepiece. There have been different levels of quality and styles that charge, hold or store Apple Watch. While the low-end market has been flooded with plastic charging solutions, we have not seen as many options that mix natural materials with Apple’s latest device.

Today we’ll be looking at DODOcase’s $100 Charging Stand for Apple Watch that is made from USA-sourced wood and is handcrafted in San Franciscoexpand full story

walnut Stories July 11, 2015

Update (7/18 7:30pm): @jamesthomasbyrd is our winner, thanks for entering the contest!

We have highlighted many talented companies, groups and individuals in our Small States series as the artisan subset of American manufacturers has seen a rebirth over the last decade. Not only are there quality goods being handcrafted on a daily basis from Brooklyn to Portland, people are changing their lives around just to pursue a passion of creating beautiful products with their hands.

Erol Chandler is no exception to this movement. After a career that has included two Master’s Degrees, a stint as a middle school science teacher and truck driver, it was time to start a new adventure. At thirty years old and armed with a lifetime of interest in making things by hand, A-Lamp Design was born in Oregon. Now, Erol is taking to Kickstarter to share his skills and bring a little light to everyone’s home.  expand full story

walnut Stories June 8, 2015

expiredPencil by FiftyThree Stylus up to 20% off: Graphite $40 (Reg. $50), Gold/Walnut $50 (Reg. $60)

Amazon is taking up to 20% off FiftyThree’s Pencil Digital Stylus for iPad, starting with the Graphite model dropping to $39.95 shipped, which regularly goes for $50. Additionally, the new Gold or Walnut versions can be had for $49.95 shipped, down $10 from its regular price, as well.

If you aren’t familiar with the Pencil by FiftyThree, it enables users to draw and sketch ideas or artwork with the accompanying Paper iOS app. We’ve covered their story more in-depth before, which details how this unique input device was designed. It connects over Bluetooth and has palm rejection technology, as well as a pressure sensitive tip that adjusts as you create content. The Pencil ships with a USB rechargeable battery, Extra Tip and Extra Eraser.

Rated 4.2/5 stars by over 1,100 Amazon customers. Matched at Best Buy.

walnut Stories June 2, 2015

Grovemade is back at it again with a new addition to its handcrafted line of accessories for Apple products. This time, the Portland-based company is releasing a new home for Apple’s Magic Trackpad. Appropriately named the ‘Trackpad Tray’, this product fits right in with Grovemade’s Desk Collection. expand full story

walnut Stories April 25, 2015

Update (5/2 12:00pm): @tweakmedia is our winner, thank you to everyone that entered the giveaway.

As Apple’s lineup continues to grow, more users are finding themselves using one device at home and one on the road. Because of that, we are seeing more home workstations in need of customization.

If you’re like myself, then an external monitor attached to a MacBook Air is the solution to this problem. The struggle of this setup is the height differential between each display. If you’re someone that sits at a desk all day, this is an issue that is certainly noticeable (and annoying!).

Grovemade, a Portland-based company, recently announced its own solution to this problem. Over the last few weeks, we’ve had the opportunity to work with the Walnut Laptop Stand. Head below for more details and to find out how you could win one yourself… expand full story

walnut Stories April 7, 2015

Our technology deserves a nice accessory, something to complement the beautiful curves and lines of the device. We are big fans of well made add-ons that come with a story and there may be no better company in America at doing that than Grovemade. Today, the Portland-based company has introduced a new stand that gives the MacBook a little boost, crafted from locally sourced materials here in the United States. expand full story

walnut Stories March 7, 2015

Update (3/14 9:15am): @schellack wins the Grovemade Dock. Thanks everyone for reading and entering this week’s giveaway.

When it comes to Apple accessories, there are typically two options: materials that are designed to mirror the product and those are meant to complement that product in a different way. The former is typically anodized aluminum, plastic or a metal of some kind, while the latter has been trending towards natural materials like wood or fabrics. Personally, I love seeing natural materials complement modern electronics. There are so many companies manufacturing here in the United States that are taking advantage of the natural resources and skills here.

I’ve been able to spend the last few weeks with Grovemade’s latest dock for the iPhone 6. We’ve covered company’s story before and this time around are able to see its newest home for Apple’s phone.

Head below for full details, our review and to learn how you can win a Grovemade iPhone 6 dock for yourself.

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walnut Stories February 7, 2015

Throughout Small States you’ll hear stories of people that are making a conscious effort to bring manufacturing back to the United States. Companies that strive to create products in a way that has escaped our country and fled overseas. We are finding that these manufacturers have a great pride in what they do — this week we’re taking a look at Woodchuck USA, a company who’s pride is evident across all aspects of its business.

“Nature back to people. Jobs back to America. Quality back to products.”

With its locally grown hardwood accessories, Woodchuck has managed to create beautiful additions for your Apple devices. All the while doing it with a focus on integrity and creating jobs here in the United States.

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walnut Stories September 13, 2014

Update (9/20): Thanks for all of the entries into our Small States giveaway, @morganrhc is our winner and they have been contacted.

Small States features small companies that design and manufacture within the United States. 

Introduction It always seems like small companies based in America have great stories. We’ve seen them time and time again as part of our Small States series, from generational pride to simply solving a problem in your life. But sometimes it all just starts by throwing the football from your workshop across the street to another. For Joe Mansfield and Ken Tomita, that’s how things got started. That’s how Grovemade in Portland, Oregon came to be.

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walnut Stories July 24, 2014

Amazon offers the Pencil by FiftyThree Bluetooth enabled digital stylus, in graphite for $49.95 shipped (Reg. $60) or walnut for $59.95 shipped (Reg. $75). Be sure to clip the $10 or $15 coupon directly under the price on the listing page to lower the price at checkout. This is the first notable price drop we have seen for the Pencil by FiftyThree and is a savings of up to 20% off the list price. This popular Bluetooth stylus is the #1 seller amongst graphic tablet pens at Amazon, and is rated 4/5 stars by over 150 customers.

9to5Mac detailed the Pencil last year, highlighting the thought process that went into its design:

The stylus is designed to look and feel like a traditional carpenter’s pencil, with flat-sided design intended to be comfortable to hold and assist with accurate lines. The exterior is real wood (walnut from sustainable forests), and there are no buttons.

Currently, the Pencil is only compatible with Paper by FiftyThree for iPad, Noteshelf and Procreate, however it was recently announced that more apps will soon be enabled to utilize the stylus.

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