Looking for a New iPhone Case? Ask Ben VandenWymelenberg

This spring senior Ben VandenWymelenberg, an Architecture major with a minor in Landscape Architecture, developed a new, natural concept for iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks: wood cases. VandenWymelenberg and his business partner Kevin Groenjes, a senior Kinesiology major, are working with a Minneapolis manufacturing company to produce unique, wooden cases for iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks. They’ve launched a company, WOODCHUCKcase, and are working with a few national retailers and larger websites to get their products out the door.

“We’re all about putting nature back into people’s lives,” says VandenWymelenberg. “This is the company’s first project and we will continue to find new and innovative ways to develop and sell our product.”  You can currently purchase WOODCUCKcase products at University of Minnesota Bookstores, Bibelot in St. Paul, and a handful of other locations.

photo credit (top, right): Joe Krummel Photography and Design


  • This looks like a great idea, and a very marketable use of a major. It’s great to see students using their studies in creative and useful ways. Was this project part of a class, or did they come up with this for fun?

  • I totally agree with you. This sure is a great idea! Many students and even all iPhone users would definitely find this very creative and at the same useful. You are such a genius for discovering this. Thanks 🙂

  • This does look very nice, I wonder if they have any plans of doing an iPhone 5 case version? There’s just something very appealing about combining the warmth of wood with the crispness of new technology.