A note from Dale Perry,
A long time ago I had a real job, it involved Banks and Accounting and Auditing and an office with a desk. I sat at that desk and wasted 8 hours a day just so I could go home and build cues all night. I can remember looking at my watch before 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 11 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
The “we” in DP cues is myself and Brian Mullins. Brian is my only employee and is a long time professional cue builder. He is 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 long time BCA Voting Member.
One of the most difficult parts of cue making is finding the
suppliers that sell the real stuff. There is only so much real honest to
goodness exotic cue making wood available. To find great materials and
negotiate a price that is only shocking but not outrageous takes a lot to of my
time. Not to mention that Air Freight from
We take quality very seriously at DP Custom Cues. Every cue is built one at a time and is only handled by two people, myself and Brian. If a cue is not right we don’t sell it……….Period.
How do I decide which custom cue to buy?
I have some simple advice, don’t buy the cue, buy the cuemaker. What do I mean by that? You should pick up the phone and call him.
Then answer the following questions:
Is he available?
Is he helpful?
Is he polite?
Does he seem to want to help you?
If the cuemaker is not available and not very helpful before that sale what will he be like after the sale?
In my shop I pick up the phone. So if you need help, you can talk to me. I’m available to help you. Whether you need help in designing a new $5000.00 cue or have a 10 year old cue that needs a new shaft, I will do my best to give your simple, honest answers.
All major billiard publications
Men's Fitness Magazine
The Robb Report
The Blue Book all 3 editions
The Billiard Encyclopedia
Cover story for Billiard World (Japanese Magazine)
TV news on two occasions (no I was not arrested)
Shows we normally attend:
BCA Trade Show
Super Billiard Expo
APA, Valley and BCA events in