Leather Options - We can use
any type of leather to make cue cases. Most commonly we use
vegetable tanned cowhide because it can be dyed, textured, and tooled.
A popular leather is oil tan which is characterized by it's
slightly oily or waxy feel. We also use nappa which is commonly found
on upholstered furniture and clothing. Prints are leathers
which have been embossed with textures. Most often these are
reptile patterns but they can be ostrich, zebra, and any exotic
creature or texture. We also use suede which is basically sanded leather
with varying degrees of nap or fuzziness. A very fine nap
suede is called nubuk.
We make regular trips to the leather market to look for nice and
unusual pieces. Other than vegetable tan and oil tan we don't
really stock any particular types of leather. So what you see on
cases we have done may or may not be in stock. We will do our
to locate the same or similar types should what you choose not be in
stock but we can't make any promises.
Real exotics such as alligator,
crocodile, zebra, elephant, ostrich, etc.... are available but are
subject to import/export regulations and market prices. We
only increase the price of the case by the actual cost of the leather.
For example an Ostrich skin may cost $240 and that is what
the cost of the case would increase by. So a $400 case in
real ostrich would cost $640 only. Compare this to other case makers
which charge quite a bit more for the use of real exotic leathers.