John Barton - JB
Custom Case #108 Enlargements
Fully Carved Back
JB Case Creations
The "Silk Road" Case
How the west was won. Hard road
warriors who fought deadly duels for a living. Hired mercenaries,
desperados, gamblers, loners. This case is tooled like a fine holster.
Made with 10 ounce vegetable tanned leather and deeply engraved this
case isn't for people who like things lightweight. The carving has to
be felt to be appreciated. Using leather this thick it's more of a
sculpture than a tooled piece. The texture is unbelievable. The sewing
machine we used to sew it weighs more than my pool table. The needle
was ultra scary. You can rope a cow with the thread...... ok well
that's exaggerating but you get the point.
This interior is the nuts, to use a pool term for those who don't know. That means it's the best. Why? Well it protects from impact, some temperature change, abrasion, and accidental removal. The parts are kept separate and secure. There are those that say "protection isn't everything". I personally wonder what they would say if their $2000 cue accidentally fell out of their beautiful, but not overly protective, case and got damaged? Of course everyone thinks it will never happen but life has a funny way of making things happen that never should. So when I build cases I try to plan for most eventualities and keeping the cue snug and secure until willfully removed is one of the things I can do. I could tell you a lot of stories about how folks had unusual things happen to their cases, cases I built, and the cues came out unscathed.
Some other case makers really don't care too much about it. I guess I could be compared to the cue maker who is always trying to improve the "hit" of the cues as opposed to one who doesn't care too much about the hit and focuses on the look of the cue.
With that in mind you can be sure that no matter what surface decoration goes on a JB Case it's sitting on top of the best protection in tube-style cue cases that exists today.
I know most of you all are into the looks first - hey we are all into our image. I understand that looks are very important. I just want you to know that you don't need to worry about what's under the hood. It's taken care of.