I've got into the habit of trying out different woodworking techniques with various iPod Touch and iPod Video cases since the first case I made. I think its because they don't take too long and can fit in between running around with the kids! Nonetheless, they pose some challenges which makes it fun to try to figure out solutions. First, you want to try to keep the case as small as possible -- you don't want it to be much bigger than the iPod itself. Second, it needs to be durable and withstand some wear and tear. This contrasts with point number one, as the thinner you make the wood, the more fragile it becomes.
After seeing a presentation by Phil Lowe at the Peabody Essex Museum, I've been wanting to try some carving. The Samuel McIntyre exhibit at PEM was definitely inspiring as well, although it'll take a lifetime to be a master craftsman like Samuel was! I'm not sure how I can tie carving into an iPod case, but who knows, maybe I'll have moved onto something else by then!
In the meantime, I'm trying to figure out what to do with all the extra cases! You can find them at Etsy.