Amazing etchings on leather.....

JB Cases
Silver Member
To be honest, the people here have a long way to go to begin truly understanding the depth of art in leather working. Cues? No problem, most here are experts. But when it comes to leatherworking people often fall all over themselves praising mediocre work.

IF someone were to put up a cue with the same level of mediocre decorative work that shows up in some cases then that cue maker would be soundly criticized.

If Mark were to do a case then it wouldn't be appreciated. The next shitty case that comes along with a bunch of incoherent tooling done badly would have 20 people tripping over themselve to praise it and wanting to know how to buy it. Meanwhile if this guy were to do a case then the reaction would be more like that's nice at best.

Mark's work is fantastic.

And if you want to learn more about what truly fantastic, tight, well done leahter work looks like then go here; Karen Bentvelzen Silva Fox Peter Main

Just to name a few.

There are people who do pyrography on leather to such a high degree of skill it's mind blowing.

This is a passion of mine to raise awareness of what "really good" in leather work is. I don't care if someone puts up something mediocre. Every body starts somewhere. I care that the same people who go nuts over the tiniest glue line in a cue will apply that same level of scrutiny to cue cases or not at all.

If you enjoy seeing fine leather cases then study the art of leather working so that you understand truly what is great, what is passable, and what is awful. And that is both in construction and in decoration.

Leather is such a rich and diverse canvas. Easy to throw a bunch of it together and call it a case but hard to work it right with patience and craft something for the ages. You all want something that is truly timeless. Don't accept badly done work that comes straight out of the basic Tandy leather book.

For good money you want the type of work that wins blue ribbons at leather shows.

In my opinion.


The dog ate my stroke.
Silver Member
Don't accept badly done work that comes straight out of the basic Tandy leather book.
LOL. There have been times when I've seen big-dollar cases that made me think exactly this. And I know sometimes it must be true.

A long time ago, I did leather carving to earn bucks. I did mostly holsters and gun belts, and I know what great amounts of time are required to produce a nice piece. When I see fine custom cases on here, I can't help but look at them critically, from the point of view of the maker. As John indicates, there are fine details which are only meaningful or noticeable to someone intimate with the carving process. These details separate the true artist - and there are some excellent ones to be found on AZB - from the casual leather worker.

Gold Member
I dont see this guy doing much work in the pool world any time soon:

From this article:

"(Though a gallery representative did not comment on the specifics of that sale, the portrait is valued at around $100,000, and Evans’ larger works can fetch $500,000)."

"he was busy with an upcoming New York show as well as preparing for the production of the world’s most expensive wallpaper ($23,700 per square meter, for an anonymous Russian oligarch)"

Now it seems to me a case laid flat out would be close to half a square meter or so. Anyone out there ready to fire $12K plus what it costs to actually have the case made ? :D

Thanks for posting the link that is some interesting stuff.

This gave me an idea for a thread.