Amboyna Burl is rare and expensive and everything else that makes cue collectors want it.
I just retrieved this little stash and will be building cues out of it in the near future. This stuff
goes great with Ebony and Ivory and Turquiose and Cocobolo. I have built many famous cues
using Amboyna Burl.
The Cocobolo Brothers
Sometimes I build a group of cues that are special. There is something that is cool and different about these groups. Could be the design or inlay materials or, as is the case this time, the wood. This group is called the Cocobolo Brothers.
Three of these cues are superior and better grade Cocobolo in a 6 point, 3 high and 3 low design. The rings are simple but fit the elegance of this design. These are pool cues that look like pool cues, no squiggily inlays or wild colors, simple elegance.
The fourth cue is exhibition grade Cocobolo, with amazing ringwork and highend inlay materials.
The first one is the exhibition grade Cocobolo, two through four are Superior or Better Grade Cocobolo.
The tops are AAAA Grade Curly Maple.
Keep watching, I will add pictures as the cues are finished.
No, No, No !
I get this call once a week. Can I buy a joint screw, NO !
Then I get a million reasons why the caller needs a joint screw, cuemakers call it a Joint Pin.
Believe it or not I'm helping you.
Spinning a shaft on an electric drill on just a Joint Pin will wobble out the wood threads or loosen the brass insert in
other style shafts. It may not happen the first time but, over time the shaft will be ruined.
Clamping your drill in a vise will ruin the drill bearings
Your drill is way too slow, we spin shafts at about warp 9, in a lathe, to clean and polish them
You don't have the right stuff to seal the shaft and leaving it bare will warp it, period
You need something that looks like the end of you cue so that the shaft is fully supported, no wobbling.
If the person working on your shafts doesn't know this...
Walk in my shop and I will clean your cue shafts and shape the tips for free, is someone charging you ??
The Best Player I Have Seen Play
OK, I'm going to show my age here !!
The Best Nine Ball Player I have seen play in person was was Buddy Hall in his prime,
it was Boring to watch!! He was in line with perfect shape over and over and over again.
He played with seemingly no effort, it was like the cue ball had eyes and a purpose,
roll into perfect shape.
The Best One Pocker Player I ever saw play was "Chicage Buggs".
His name in real life was Leonard Rucker, in the pool hall he was simply know as "Bugs".
I saw him play in a tournment in SC about 25 years ago, I was mersemrized.
There were an are a lot of great others, but these two guys are my personal high points.
An Old News Story About DP Custom Cues
This article is about 10 years old, I thought it was pretty cool when it was written.
All About Snakewood
Snake wood is beautiful, rare, expensive and a real pain to work with and that's not just my opinion.
This is from : ndmknives.com
Snakewood is an incredibly beautiful wood which originates, mostly, in Suriname, South America. This is one of the worlds hardest woods. The part sold as snakewood is really the heartwood of the larger tree. The wood is usually felled with axes and carried on the back of hard-working natives over streams and through snake-infested jungle areas. Each tree felled is monitored since the government has developed a strict permit process to control harvesting. Much of the wood has inferior or no figure, but the small amount that has attractive figure is exported.
I have made a cue with Snakewood inlays: http://www.dpcues.com/product/SW
Snap Shots From Around The Shop
These are one time designs, the inlay colors are completely random
and a real pain to assemble. I destroyed the patterns late last night
so that I never have to deal with them again. I saw a design like this
in ring and thought it was good idea....no.
This picture is about 15 minutes old, these cues
are running right now.
Other cues: http://www.dpcues.com/category/35212772