by Juli Clover
April 16, 2013
Last time on Handmade Highlights I shared some lovely hand painted iPhone cases. This week, I’m once again focusing on the iPhone, but this time, I’m offering up some super cool docking options for your beloved phone. Docks for the iPhone 5 have been a bit slow to surface thanks to the new Lightning connector, but now, six months after the phone’s release, there are finally some impressive handcrafted docks available. The iRetrofone 2.0 is a genuine rotary phone that’s been hand-sculpted and handcrafted from urethane resin. These are fully functional phones, which route voice calls through the included handset. Because the iRetrofone is handmade, it comes in a wide range of colors. It’s ultra pricy at $250, but the craftsmanship is unparalleled and the functionality is impressive. If you like the phone idea but want something even more retro, check out this iPhone 5 dock, which features a solid oak base with a classic black handset. At $159 it’s less expensive and features Bluetooth functionality to allow you to accept calls using the phone. Not into phones? There’s an Etsy seller who makes docking stations for multiple iPhones or an iPhone and an iPad which have a decidedly retro-steampunk feel. Constructed from a recycled wood base, these docks incorporate a copper lamp and bulb. These will look slick on any desk and come with a price tag of $130, which seems fair given the components. If you’re looking for a docking solution that’s entirely unique, check out the Robodock. Robodock is constructed from wood blocks with various robot-style metal additions. He doesn’t serve a purpose other than holding your iPhone and he isn’t exactly affordable at $260, but you won’t find a dock like this anywhere else. I haven’t forgotten you minimalists. The Zeitgeist Factory iPhone Dock is crafted entirely from concrete. That’s right, it’s just a block of concrete. Of course, it has been molded to fit around the iPhone 5, and it does stand both horizontally and vertically. You can get it in white or gray, and it will run you $34. Want even more Handmade Highlights? Check out my archives. As always, if you find an awesome handmade item that you would like to see featured, make sure to get in touch.