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manwon 09-06-2007 08:14 PM

Az Members who build their own cues please post photo's of your new and old work!!!!
 
Hello, I am certain that their are a large number of AZ Members who build their own cues. I have not seen a thread to date where everyone posted photo's of their work. This thread could kinda be used as a trade mark index of cue makers that post on AZ, whether a beginner or well a respected cue maker, you could post updates of your cues whether for sale or already sold. This would be rewarding to everyone involved, especially new members looking for a custom cue. It will also give the up and coming cue makers a chance to share their work and get opinions from a very large group of people.

Thanks in advance for your support!!!

Have a good night

qbilder 09-06-2007 10:29 PM

I'll go first. I'm not ashamed of my learning curve :)

These cues were both built by me, several years apart. The top is a valley supreme cut in half, buckhorn joint collar & buttcap added with 5/16-18 threaded rod as a joint pin. I had no way of accurately tapering anything so I sanded everything as close as I could eyeball it. At this point in time I had no clue a router could be attached to a lathe. There used to be a linen wrap but it was rat-nested & unwound so I look it off.

The bottom cue is recently completed. It is an example of years of trial & error and much experimentation. Not to mention, lots of wood has been wasted in the learning gap between these two cues. I'm proud to say that mistakes come much less often than back then & I think I have come a long way. However, my mistakes now cost a whole lot more!!!!

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y69/Qbilder/ba.jpg

Eric Crisp
Sugartree Customs

manwon 09-06-2007 10:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by qbilder
I'll go first. I'm not ashamed of my learning curve :)

These cues were both built by me, several years apart. The top is a valley supreme cut in half, buckhorn joint collar & buttcap added with 5/16-18 threaded rod as a joint pin. I had no way of accurately tapering anything so I sanded everything as close as I could eyeball it. At this point in time I had no clue a router could be attached to a lathe. There used to be a linen wrap but it was rat-nested & unwound so I look it off.

The bottom cue is recently completed. It is an example of years of trial & error and much experimentation. Not to mention, lots of wood has been wasted in the learning gap between these two cues. I'm proud to say that mistakes come much less often than back then & I think I have come a long way. However, my mistakes now cost a whole lot more!!!!

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y69/Qbilder/ba.jpg

Eric Crisp
Sugartree Customs

Thanks for posting Eric, this is exactly what i was hoping for. Like you said there is a very large difference between your first cue and what you are making now, I mean WOW:D Thanks for posting Eric, and as you complete more cues please post them.

Have a great night!!!!

manwon 09-06-2007 10:56 PM

6 Attachment(s)
Well here are a few of my cues.

The photo's below are some of the early cues I have made.

Attachment 49666

Attachment 49667

The next set of photo's are cues that were finished in the last six months.

Attachment 49668

Attachment 49669

Attachment 49670

I have been building Conversion cues for almost 2 years!!!

Have a great night!!!!

magnum 09-06-2007 11:47 PM

Back-surfing
 
Sorry but I just cant let it go...

Awesome cues and informative posts...

http://forums.azbilliards.com/showthread.php?t=186

JoeyInCali 09-06-2007 11:59 PM

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y12...218_edited.jpg
My broomsticks.

Chris Byrne 09-07-2007 10:12 AM

Here are a few that were completed this year. I will look for some older cue photos when I get home. Chris.

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k6...07shoot013.jpg
http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k6...07shoot012.jpg
http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k6...eview008-1.jpg
This one was around 2 years ago
http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k6...hotos06001.jpg
http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k6...hotos06002.jpg

manwon 09-07-2007 01:24 PM

Thanks Chris and Joey for postinmg some of your work, I hope to see more in the future.

Have a good Day

Tony Zinzola 09-07-2007 05:47 PM

Here are mine. I haven't been at this for all that long. My first cue was completed in January or February of this year.

Here's a picture of that awful thing. I've been tempted to burn it along with some of my other disasters, but something keeps me from throwing it in the fire. I guess so I can look at it from time to time and have a good laugh. Was 4 Purple Heart Points into Maple with 3 Veneers. Veneers were Stacked and they were horrible. Points were skinny enough to probably fit 8 points in the cue. Finish was pretty much non-existent. I think I just threw a thin coat of epoxy on it to seal it up:

http://www.zinzola.com/pics/cues/09-24-07-001.jpg

http://www.zinzola.com/pics/cues/09-24-07-002.jpg

My second cue was finished a couple of months after that. There were plenty in between, but none made it to completion. Made lots of tasty smores with them though. This was Cocobolo with Curly Maple Handle. No points. Finish was CA. This is the only cue I have made with no points and hopefully will remain that way. I prefer to make cues with points.

http://www.zinzola.com/pics/cues/04-10-07-02.jpg

http://www.zinzola.com/pics/cues/04-10-07-01.jpg

Here is the most recent cue I finished. 4 Purple Heart Points into Bees Wing Narra. 4 Veneers. Linen Wrap. Finish was Automotive Clear Coat. Veneers were Mitered. Here's a picture of that with a close up of the miters.

http://www.zinzola.com/pics/cues/08-27-07-001.jpg

http://www.zinzola.com/pics/cues/08-27-07-002.jpg

http://www.zinzola.com/pics/cues/08-27-07-003.jpg

Here's one that will be finished this week. 4 Amboyna Burl Points into Cocobolo. 4 Veneers. Thuya Burl Handle. Will be finished with Clear Coat tomorrow or Sunday and ready to go mid week:

http://www.zinzola.com/pics/cues/09-24-07-003.jpg

http://www.zinzola.com/pics/cues/09-24-07-004.jpg

http://www.zinzola.com/pics/cues/09-24-07-005.jpg


I have quite a few in the works at present and an Inlay Machine that I have still barely touched. I hope if all goes well to get some inlays in a cue this weekend, but I've been saying that for over a month now.

I've gotten some help along the way from a few people here and without it, my cues may very well still look like the first one in this picture. I hope to have more finished up soon.

manwon 09-07-2007 06:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tony Zinzola
Here are mine. I haven't been at this for all that long. My first cue was completed in January or February of this year.

Here's a picture of that awful thing. I've been tempted to burn it along with some of my other disasters, but something keeps me from throwing it in the fire. I guess so I can look at it from time to time and have a good laugh. Was 4 Purple Heart Points into Maple with 3 Veneers. Veneers were Stacked and they were horrible. Points were skinny enough to probably fit 8 points in the cue. Finish was pretty much non-existent. I think I just threw a thin coat of epoxy on it to seal it up:

http://www.zinzola.com/pics/cues/09-24-07-001.jpg

http://www.zinzola.com/pics/cues/09-24-07-002.jpg

My second cue was finished a couple of months after that. There were plenty in between, but none made it to completion. Made lots of tasty smores with them though. This was Cocobolo with Curly Maple Handle. No points. Finish was CA. This is the only cue I have made with no points and hopefully will remain that way. I prefer to make cues with points.

http://www.zinzola.com/pics/cues/04-10-07-02.jpg

http://www.zinzola.com/pics/cues/04-10-07-01.jpg

Here is the most recent cue I finished. 4 Purple Heart Points into Bees Wing Narra. 4 Veneers. Linen Wrap. Finish was Automotive Clear Coat. Veneers were Mitered. Here's a picture of that with a close up of the miters.

http://www.zinzola.com/pics/cues/08-27-07-001.jpg

http://www.zinzola.com/pics/cues/08-27-07-002.jpg

http://www.zinzola.com/pics/cues/08-27-07-003.jpg

Here's one that will be finished this week. 4 Amboyna Burl Points into Cocobolo. 4 Veneers. Thuya Burl Handle. Will be finished with Clear Coat tomorrow or Sunday and ready to go mid week:

http://www.zinzola.com/pics/cues/09-24-07-003.jpg

http://www.zinzola.com/pics/cues/09-24-07-004.jpg

http://www.zinzola.com/pics/cues/09-24-07-005.jpg


I have quite a few in the works at present and an Inlay Machine that I have still barely touched. I hope if all goes well to get some inlays in a cue this weekend, but I've been saying that for over a month now.

I've gotten some help along the way from a few people here and without it, my cues may very well still look like the first one in this picture. I hope to have more finished up soon.

I really like your veneers, they are tight with no glue obvious glue lines. Thanks very much for post in this thread, and please continue to post your new work.

Have a great night!!!!

rayjay 09-07-2007 06:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by magnum
Sorry but I just cant let it go...

Awesome cues and informative posts...

http://forums.azbilliards.com/showthread.php?t=186

Absolutely incredible Edwin Reyes cues. Bandido!! You da man!!
:p

Ballistic Billiards 09-07-2007 09:06 PM

good sticky
 
I would love to read a little philosophy along with the pictures.

Tony Z.,
Your progress inspires me.

Chris B.,
In your third picture the top cue has a stained curly maple handle
and the second one is a stack leather wrap?

Thanks guys.
-cOOp, can't get enough

bnall 09-07-2007 09:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JoeyInCali




Love those broomsticks.:D

Chris Byrne 09-08-2007 07:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by coopdeville
I would love to read a little philosophy along with the pictures.

Tony Z.,
Your progress inspires me.

Chris B.,
In your third picture the top cue has a stained curly maple handle
and the second one is a stack leather wrap?

Thanks guys.
-cOOp, can't get enough

Coop the grey curly is resin impregnated wood from wildwoods. The middle cue does have stack leather. I was using that cue as my personal player for around 6months, I prefer the leather to have some texture to it. The top v point cue also has stack leather on it. That one is polished up as per customer specs. I prefer mine between flat smooth and suede feeling. I just sold the ebony cue I was using to a local player who needed a cue that night. I really need to make a cue so ugly no one will want to buy it, I keep selling my own cues. Oh well I could have worse problems. Chris.

cutter 09-12-2007 06:45 PM

Cues
 
Here's the link to my cue page, just updated it with a few shots of my latest cues.
http://www.kleincues.com/cues.html
Need to get set up with photobucket.
Thanks for looking.


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