1989 Custom Led Zeppelin Cue by Richard Black

Korsakoff

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I just had my two cues Richard made for me refinished. Scott Gilmore, who Richard recommended, did the work. He does an excellent job. (His cues hit so well that I've ordered four.)

My first one from Richard was a Bushka, which he made for me in 1987. I'll post pics of it later. In 1989, I decided I wanted another one from him. I had hit balls on occasion with ivory-jointed Black cues, and I liked the hit very much. I was a big music fan and had just finished a book about Led Zeppelin titled, "Hammer of the Gods". So I went to Richard with that theme in mind.

After discussion, we went with an ivory joint, ivory points (framed by purple dyed Holly and bleached Holly) and an ivory butt cap. A black leather wrap was added at the end. He used a fiery stain for the forearm. He said it was given to him by a cuemaker when he first started in the business, and he only had enough for one cue. He had been waiting for just the right time to use it and decided this was the time.

The scrimshaw work you see here was done by Sandra Brady, well-known scrimshaw artist who has done some incredible pieces over the years. We began discussing the symbols from Led Zeppelin IV, as well as some pictures of the band from circa 1972. She came up with the idea for an image of each band member, their associated symbol and the shadow of the symbol below that. The ivory points also have the symbols done in scrimshaw.

I'm posting a couple of pictures below:

Signature For Posting.jpg


Full Cue and Cue Forearm For Posting.jpg


Members Scrimshaw in Ivory Butt For Posting.jpg
 
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CuesDirectly

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Nice cue, I bet it won the Battle of Evermore.



Post the other one, then it will show Four Sticks.



I bet it plays Rock and Roll.



Jumping cue? I bet it could jump Misty Mountain, Hop right over it, that’s better than Going to California I guess.



When you play, don’t break outdoors with it, you may hit the Levee, it could Break.



Keep it away from the Black Dog, otherwise, it will go to the Stairway to Heaven.
 

Thecoats

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Beautiful cue and thanks for sharing. Also, nice witty response CuesDirectly.

-don
 

axejunkie

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And for heaven's sake, do not allow it to be trampled under foot.

A proper collector shall give no quarter to those who don't handle the collection with care.

Save the wearing and tearing for a simpler player's cue.

Thanks for sharing such a unique cue.
 
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