Heavy Magic Fine Leather Customs was founded in
1995 by Will Cascio,
and currently based in Austin Texas.
Will's background is colorful and as diverse as they come.
He grew up in the southwest in a cowboy environment on one side
of the family, and modern gypsy/rock and roll on the other.
Some of his former life
9 years Rodeo Cowboy
4 years Professional Jockey
8 years Professional Graphic and Web Designer
13+ years on and off as a Professional Actor/Stuntman with a long
line of credits,
such as stunt doubling Michael J. Fox on the "Back to the Future"
films, and playing "Raphael" in Teenage Mutant Turtles III.
Most recent at the movies he did alot of stuntwork on
"Second Hand Lions" with Robert Duvall & Michael Cain due
out Sept 03 watch for it,
as he did a lot of horse stuntwork in this
one and also stuntwork in The Alamo.
Will is self taught and
accomplished in many art forms including:
master leather craftsman.
wax carving for bronze sculpture,and silver jewelry.
acrylic hand painting & airbrush on canvas.
Computer Art & Graphic design
His current artistic
love is his leather work focused mainly on the Motorcycling Industry
& custom chopper seats, under his Heavy Magic Fine Leather Customs
I really love the leather work, I was fortunate enough early on to be
allowed into the
shop and to learn the basic ropes and some advance techniques from a man
I look up to and consider to be the absolute best of the best in the world
of leather,"a real innovative genius", "Bill Wall"
and many thanks go out for that to him and his crew.
Leather to me is all consuming, to the point
"I would not eat if I did not need the nutrition" because I
feel there is not enough time,
"only time to create", and as many
hours of the day as possible.
Obsessive ? yes!
"Consistently reaching a particular level of physical endurance
while creating is where the magic is for me.
I want to see tomorrow's, "today"
"When I sit down
to a piece for 17+ hours, there comes the hour when life,
problems, basic distractions all melt away. "It is here, in this
area of purity,
creation is set free and my world begins. This is where great leather
becomes Heavy Magic.
When you give a piece this much attention in one setting, something changes,
it's no longer just a job, it becomes a part of you, and you become a
part of it.
"Sometimes it's really hard to let some of the pieces go when they
turn out better
than you could have dreamed." You just want to say "I'm Keeping
but of course it has to go and I get a real kick when the client is really
happy with their piece.Makes it all worth it, "every hour."
Look for him on the Discovery
Channel's new season series of the Great Biker Build-Off
taking part in a bike build where he does some crazy Heavy Magic on a
The Build-Off is between
Warren Vesely of Cedar Lake Indiana "Will's team"
& Covington Cycle City of Woodward Oklahoma......... should air this
Will's former Graphic
design works grace the covers of 2 music CD releases,
tour package design, and Tower Records advertising for
Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann's band Trichromes.
His Graphic Art has been published in several premiere magazines in including:
EFX ART &
CHURN art magazine
RELIX music magazine
If your into computer art,
here is another of Will's sites, full of interesting computer graphic