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.
Posted by Dale Perry on July 21, 2013 at 1:56 PM under