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01-02-2008, 05:15 PM

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Thanks Craig. I made the blanks, I just made a new fixture this summer for them. My last one worked but it was not very adjustable. My new one will go from 0-27inches long. I couldent do reverse points with the old one so it had to go. I set this up on my second mill so I won't have to tear it down after every use anymore. I have been doing mostly cnc'd cues for the last few years but I learned on v point cues. I think the market is returning to traditional styled cues and I am glad to see the renewed interest in them. I really enjoy making the cues. Here is a few pics of my setup. Chris.
This one is as I was finishing with the base milling, everything is just sitting in place.

milled base for perfect alignment with no shims

finished forearm for ilustration. The fixture was finished in this pic. I also added a new powerfeed unit with the kill switch.
Well Chris, thanks very much for the reply, I really like your work. I also think that traditional cue making skills are become very sought after again. People are getting tired of the CNC techniques along with the large prices tags for the short cuts that are involved in this technology. I also believe that many of the current people building cues are either going to have to learn the traditional techniques or they will have to just fade away.

With our Asian brothers turning out cues at the rate they do with CNC Technology it will be very hard if not impossible for others to compete in the very neart future.

Again thanks and have a great day!!!!!!!! I really love your work, I hope the New year brings great things your way!!!!!!!!


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01-10-2008, 06:39 AM

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mystery maple! - 01-22-2008, 12:43 AM

I help out over at Ariel Carmeli's shop part-time. Been doing that for over 2 years. Here's what could be called my first cue. Its made of a kind of hard maple that is a mystery. It has cross-graining curl but also other figure that is not birdseye or bark pocket. I made this cue for a maple dealer entirely from his wood. The maple dealer hadn't seen this type of maple before either.

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01-22-2008, 10:36 PM

I got a batch of maple like that, but much more figured than that and the guy called it birdseye. But I never agreed with him on that but it sure was unusual and looked great. Someone else said it was a rare type of spalting, but who knows. But it was loaded with those long narrow speckles. I wonder if there is such a thing as speckled maple officially?
  
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01-23-2008, 12:16 AM

Chris, Speckled sounds like a good name for that figure. I have 2 more pieces that are stronger in figure. They will need to be cored though. After the cue was finished I discovered the forearm wasn't as stiff as I would have liked.

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I got a batch of maple like that, but much more figured than that and the guy called it birdseye. But I never agreed with him on that but it sure was unusual and looked great. Someone else said it was a rare type of spalting, but who knows. But it was loaded with those long narrow speckles. I wonder if there is such a thing as speckled maple officially?
  
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01-23-2008, 02:03 AM

looks like Ambrosia maple to me.if it is,it is actually Red Maple which is a soft maple,but infected with the Ambrosia beetle larva and the wood is actually very hard.the Ambrosia Maple takes on the apperance of hard Maple when it is actually a soft maple.i am not sure if your cue is Ambrosia maple but it looks identical to some boards i have seen.i would definitley core it in case it is b/c the Red maple is probably not solid forearm material.the beetle probably makes the wood hard,but stucturally it probably still isn't near as strong as Sugar maple.that is why the forearm wasn't stiff enough for you.

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01-24-2008, 07:27 PM

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looks like Ambrosia maple to me.if it is,it is actually Red Maple which is a soft maple,but infected with the Ambrosia beetle larva and the wood is actually very hard.the Ambrosia Maple takes on the apperance of hard Maple when it is actually a soft maple.i am not sure if your cue is Ambrosia maple but it looks identical to some boards i have seen.i would definitley core it in case it is b/c the Red maple is probably not solid forearm material.the beetle probably makes the wood hard,but stucturally it probably still isn't near as strong as Sugar maple.that is why the forearm wasn't stiff enough for you.
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01-25-2008, 05:39 AM

Mason, the wood guy who bought this log knows his way around maple. It is hard maple, just kind of weak. With maple, including birdseye and hard curly, some pieces have more spine or stiffness than others.

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looks like Ambrosia maple to me.if it is,it is actually Red Maple which is a soft maple,but infected with the Ambrosia beetle larva and the wood is actually very hard.the Ambrosia Maple takes on the apperance of hard Maple when it is actually a soft maple.i am not sure if your cue is Ambrosia maple but it looks identical to some boards i have seen.i would definitley core it in case it is b/c the Red maple is probably not solid forearm material.the beetle probably makes the wood hard,but stucturally it probably still isn't near as strong as Sugar maple.that is why the forearm wasn't stiff enough for you.
  
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Latest Conversion Cue Completed by Craig at Full Splice Billiards - 01-25-2008, 09:37 PM

This is the new cue I have completed for a customer here at Full Spliced Billiards. The cue was made from a Predator Blank that I purchased from Duc Lam over a year ago. I had a customer who liked the blanks so I made him a conversion cue from one. The cue weighs 18.5 oz, it is 59 inches long, it currently has one 13mm shaft, that weighs 3.95 oz.

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I think this one came out ok, but opinions are appreceiated!!!!!!!


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01-26-2008, 12:44 AM

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01-26-2008, 01:00 AM

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i like the extended butt sleeve.
Thanks Mason, by adding a butt sleeve and joint collars even these blanks look pretty decent. Anyway, in its present form no one can call it a Sneaky Pete.

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01-26-2008, 01:01 AM

Looks good. I especially like the green pearlescent rings in combination with the other rings.

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01-26-2008, 01:16 AM

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Looks good. I especially like the green pearlescent rings in combination with the other rings.

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Thanks Martin, I know that is how it appears. But the pearlesent rings are actually White. I have found that by adding a colored ring on either side of a White Pearl ring that the Pearl will take on that appearance. It really looks interesting under light, and it can be done using any color.

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Hightower Custom Elk Horn Cues - 01-26-2008, 10:30 PM

Below is a pair of 6 point Snakewood into very nice Birdseye maple
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The shooting cue has 18 genuine 1/2 carat Rubies and 12 genuine
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01-29-2008, 09:52 PM

Thanks for letting me put these up. I know they are not to the quality of some of the beautiful cues on here. I can only hope I get that good. These are the first 4 I've done. They aren't much to look at but they all hit like "we the people"! Go easy on me...I will get better!! lol Thanks




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