These are the cues made from the Cocobolo I found hidding under an inch of dust in my shop. I will post more pictures as they move along.
I'm not kidding, we found these incredible pieces of Cocobolo in my turning room way up on a shelf under an inch of dust. These must of have been put away years ago for special cues because these are beautiful pieces. It amazes me what I find in my own shop sometimes, we put stuff away because it is so nice or special or rare and forget about it. I found a piece of wood the other day that had 1996 hand written on it.
I'll follow these cues along on the blog.
Wow, this is what happens to in to me. I play a good safe and then this.
If you don't play snooker you should. Smaller balls, a bigger table and rounded pockets, sounds like a nightmare, it's the most fun you can have with a cue in my opinion. In college there was a room between home and college, they had a snooker table that was often the only game going on, but there would be more people waiting to get in the6 red ball, 4 handed , team game, than were actually playing. I have waited hours just to get in the game. In the morning's there was a group of old guys who played for hours on end. In the afternoon the car salesmen and insurance saleman would show up and play when they should have been working. I got play before and after class so I played in bothday groups, then at night it was singles with a little action. Anyway here is a link to a perfect 147 point run.
Maybe I need adult supervision.
Sometimes I come into the shop on the weekends when it's quiet and I design new things. Some of these things are probably not smart if your trying to make a living, but I get the idea in my head do it anyway.
Well...recently I had a series Limited Edition Cues to design, the rings were made but they needed inlays. Where these cues are going the number 8 is considered a lucky number, so I decided to put a series of 8 number 8's in the ring work. The problem was the rings weren't very wide so the inlay had to be small, very small. The inlays are in 4 of cues, now I have to build the rest, I'm not looking forward to putting these little devils, it's difficult even with tweezers. I'll post a picture of a complete cue when they are finished.
You do what? Part 2
I'm a Cuemaker, how the heck did that happen you ask , well......it's a long story.
In part one I talked about working as a banker and I said I started building cue between the last two bank jobs. Well... I started in ernest between the last 2 banks, butthe story actually started with this article in 1986.
I played a lot of pool around 1986 and I saw this article, I bought the magazine andI must have read that article a millioin times. Over time I have proven that not a single word was useful for a professional cue maker. I don't know who "Tex Smith" was, but he wasn't the type of cue maker I wanted to be. But with article in hand I bought that first lathe and tried to make cues off and on for several years. Finally between the last two jobs I had a month to get serious. I bought a brand new metal lathe and fabricated a taper bar long enough to make a pool cue. Back then you didn't buy cue making equipment you, built it. Within six months I was sick of converting the single machine back and forth from tapering work to joint work, so I bought another brand new lathe. Now I was cramming all this stuff into a single car garage, two metal lathes, the wood lathe, a table saw, and in a few months a manual panagragh. I 'd open the garage door and spray cues with them hanging on the edge of the garage door. "The first show" next time.
I just discovered this amazing burl wood, maybe I can make something nice out of this !!
20 years ago I bought a stack of Pink Ivory Wood, this stuff is oh so rare and expensive. Most of it was Pink and not very nice, but there were these 5 or so pieces that were Red and a had a Curly Pattern. I had never seen any before, and I have never seen another piece. So those pieces hung around, last year I built some cues with those pieces and sold them, using up what I thought was all I had, but way in the back I found on last piece. So I built a cue for myself, I have very few of my own cues, the last one I kept was the Artist Proof for my 10 year Anniversary Cue, that more that 10 years ago. I have been showing pics of the cue on facebook as I built it, now it is finished, and I like it !!
Five Minutes with Shari Stauch
Shari is the Editor of Pool and Billiard Magazine, in other words she decides if that picture of you playing pool makes the magazine. I first met her in Texas at the very first American Cue makers Association' cue show. This week she is attending the Billiard Congress of America Expo in Chicago.
This the first time for the BCA Expo in Chicago, how do you like the new venue?
No it's not - we were here last year. It's very nice - rooms close to convention center, nice restaurants around, and of course this is my old stomping grounds so fun to see old friends and family.
Trade shows are all about new products, what is the coolest new thing you have seen?
Paul Gerni has an interesting telescoping bridge extension that fits in a cue case. Love the Aramith Fusion table - what's way cool about it is the ability to lower it from pool table height t o dining height through clever spring loaded legs… a GREAT option for the dining to pool conversion top.
There are a lot great cue and table makers in the Chicago area, have you seen a lot of industry people even if they aren't displaying at the Expo?
We have - it's like "old home week" here… Think the best "celebrity sighting" though had to be Jim Bakula, former BCA and Brunswick Billiards president. He came for a visit and at 78 years young any of us would swear he's still in his 50s - looks amazing and is upbeat as always.
How is the concession stand coffee?
Sucks :) But there's a Starbucks between the hotel and conference center walkway so it's all good :)
You're in Chicago, are you going to make it Buddy Guy's place?
Shari says: In summary - not many bodies at the show, but exhibitors still happily writing orders from those attending!
More show pic's at https://www.facebook.com/PoolandBilliard
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This maybe the nicest cue I have made so far this year. It has an amazing piece of Cocobolo, real Ivory and what I think is a nice design. I will include two shafts and joint protectors, shipped for free.
This is a model #14 from my first brochure in 1990 or 91. I found this picture in the net. Ebony Butt and Points with a Birdseye Maple Top. Two shafts and real mother of pearl diamonds....a blast from the past. This collector bought many cues from a lot of us and never chalked them. He was a humble man with a great collection of cues, I miss seeing him at the shows.
A long time ago I watched Johnny Archer help Allison Fisher with her nine ball break. The were both at the BCA Trade Show in Vegas. He was very patient and she was very attentive, seems to have worked to for her. Short Video of Johnny Archer helping an unknown person with their break.
I was in a booth next to Mike Massey at a Las Vegas Show. For $10 all challengers were given a tee shirt and a chance to play Mike. I watched for 8-9 hours, he played constantly and I don't think he lost a single game of 8 Ball. Amazing..... Here is link to some of his more famous shots.
I cut up a lot of wood and sometimes you find special pieces. I made 2 cues with really unusual and rare piecs of Bocote.
The first has a Bull's Eye pattern just above the wrap, I centered it in the middle of the cue for maximum effect. http://www.dpcues.com/product/OTB
The second on has a pattern like birdseyes, it is both wild and beautiful. I have never seen a piece like this. http://www.dpcues.com/product/BEB
You can put stuff in cues, turquoise, silver, gold etc, anyone can do that, but to have really rare pieecs of wood is another thing, this is the stuff collectors look crave. I have priced these cues so that a player can buy them.
Even on the long weekend we are making cues, life is good.
You do what?
I'm a Cuemaker, how the heck did that happen you ask , well......it's a long story.
I was born, raised and still live in Florida. I was a C student in most classes, in any
shop class I did better. I loaded trucks, lived at home and made it through the local
college. I got a degree in Business/Accounting. Along the way I borrowed a home
work assignment from a girl in class, the honey moon was a cheap cruise to Mexico.
30 years later she packs and ships your cues, we have a daughter that helps. During
college I became a 3-5 hour a day, 365 day a year, pool player. I'm sure I bought
the local pool hall (Val's) one hour at a time.
Accounting, really? Yeah...., I needed an elective and they talked about money in
there. I didn't have much money but I sure wanted some. Jobs, well, finally I found
a job as an Assistant Internal Auditor at Florida National Bank. Every bank I ever
worked at is gone now.... Assistant Auditor, Auditor, VP, CFO, 5 banks in 8 years,
every one sold or merged out from under me. I started trying to make cues between
bank numbers 4 and 5, I started with this lathe.
Phone or Email I answer both, Dale@dpcues.com or 904 215 7161
I'm doing a series of custom cues with Domino's, what do you think ??
A note from Dale Perry,
A long time ago I had a real job, it involved Banks and Accounting and an office with a desk. I sat at that desk and watched 8 hours a day just waste away so I could finally go home and build cues all night. I can remember looking at my watch before 9:00 am on a Monday morning hoping that several hours had passed, but I had only been in my office a few minutes!
So after many years I quit my banking job to build cues full-time. It was huge step and probably not the wisest, but I was young and full of energy. It was tough at first but because of my wonderful customers I made it. Now 20 years later I love my job as a Cuemaker and look forward to Mondays!!
My advice is if you hate your job, find something you love to do and then do it. The money will follow, you may not get rich, but you will have a good chance to be happy.
Along the way I have acquired a shop with 3,000 square feet of cue making space and some of the most advanced tools used in cue making today. My way of building cues is a vertically integrated system that allows us to start with raw lumber and finish with true custom cues. We make every part of a DP cue except the tip, joint screw and rubber bumper.
I am currently on my 3rd generation of cue making equipment, most of which I have build or modified to fit my needs. We use a UV light drying system for cue finishing. I draw all of my cues with a CADCAM system. For machining we use very high end NSK spindles, and routers from Germany. All of this equipment allows us to customize any part of a DP cue.
The “we” in DP cues is myself, Brian and Mark. Brian is a long time professional cue builder, Mark is a hell of a craftsman. They are a large part of the DP way of building cues.
I have been involved on the leading edge of cue making for a long time. I am a founding member of the American Cue Making Association and served on the Board of Directors for 2 terms. I am also a member of the International Cuemakers Association.
One of the most difficult parts of cue making is finding the suppliers that sell the real stuff. There is only so much true exotic cue making wood available. To find great materials and negotiate a price that is simply expensive instead of shocking takes more and more time every year. Of course Air Freight from Europe doesn’t help the cost. But the result is true exotic cues and fantastic maple for the shafts.
We take quality very seriously at DP Custom Cues. Every cue is built one at a time and is only handled by three people, myself, Brian and Mark . If a cue isn't right we don’t sell ……….Period.