Woodfort was established by Phillip Miles in 2023 as a result of the pressures brought on by the pandemic.
Tied to a desk, burnt out, anxious and depressed, Phillip needed to step away from the computer screen for a time and find something new to reinvigorate him.
After some false starts he discovered the joy and satisfaction of working with wood.
Hellbent on avoiding a return to the desk chair, Phillip played with possible business ideas until a chance encounter with a photo of a custom made wood and metal hybrid computer case locked him on his path.
Hellbent on avoiding a return to the desk chair, Phillip played with possible business ideas until a chance encounter with a photo of a custom made, wood and metal hybrid computer case locked him on his path.
The refreshing look brought a quiet elegance to the case which had been lacking in the current trend of busy RGB infused boxes.
The idea of marrying his old world working in tech and his new world of working with wood was perfect to him. Inspired, he got to work, desperately hoping a market would exist for premium, hand crafted computer cases.
After sharing a prototype online to a good reception he would then go on to spend a further 9 months honing his skills and refining his process until he was satisfied with the quality of his work.
Finally, in May 2023, Woodfort was launched.
My cases consist of handmade wooden panels mounted on a NZXT H7 Flow case which provides the internal aluminium frame for the case.
Solid hardwood, plywood, aluminium, steel and some epoxy resin are used to produce the case panels. The wood is finished with a hard varnish rated to protect the wood from heat up to 120°C or 248°F and leaves a satin to semi-gloss sheen.
The timber I use is a mixture of wood native to Australia as well as wood imported from other countries. I try to make cases that only use local timber as much as I can but American Walnut is just too damn good to not use.