Carved is a company in Elkhart, Indiana that has a serious passion for creating the finest wood iPhone, iPad and Kindle skins. They are highly customizable with a laser-etched process, or they come simple and clean in Mahogany, Walnut, Redwood, Olive Ash, Paldao, Padauk, Purpleheart, Bamboo, Ebony, Sycamore or Cherry woods. A great feature is the price-point for these American made skins. For the iPhone, the basic clean wood covers start at $19 and for the detailed laser etched designs you are looking at $29. One feature, that is a true perk of domestic manufacturing, is the ability to customize your own. For $49 you can send your own artwork and have them create a truly unique, one-of-a-kind skin.

The two we are reviewing today have intricate laser-etched details carved into the wood, one of a world map, and the other of a ‘Wild West’ character. The wood grain is beautiful and has a natural texture. They have a delicate and elegant look to them, but when applied to the phone become apart of the phone’s structure. It is a simple peel and stick application that doesn’t take any longer that slapping a sticker on your car. Once applied, your phone takes a noticeable change from utilitarian piece of equipment, to an elegant piece of art… that still has the ability to control your life.

As for function the wood covers do not impede any features of the phone. All access points for controls and buttons are placed perfectly. The smooth wood skins slide easily in and out of your pocket, unlike many bulky rubber covers. I tested the camera with and without the flash, and the slim profile of the skin does not create any flare or distortion, when the skin is applied correctly.

For those who are in need of full coverage, you might try slipping a bumper around the edges. I did not have one on hand to test, but if you want one of these beautiful skins, but also are in need of more protection, it might be an option. Otherwise, just apply and you’re good to go!