Steve,I know my cues can in no way hold a candle to what Mr. Hightower has posted above but because of his book, videos, lathe and this website I have been able to have a wonderful hobby that I love. I think my results are satisfactory but I have a long, long, long way to go. Thank you Mr. Hightower and the countless others on this site that offer up advice to a "lurker" like me!
This was 3rd cue I made. Cherry forearm came from the wood burn pile. Monkey Pod handle came from shipping/bracing material salvaged from work. Curly Maple butt been sitting in garage for years collecting dust. Shaft was cut off an old bar cue. Only oil and wax finish.... just wanted to see how my scrap wood cue will hold up. Use this is as my daily player.
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.
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.
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.
You are definitely off to a good start.These are 2 of my first 3 cues.
did this cue sell eric?it's hard maple. It has been affected by bugs, then healed. It's very, very similar to massur birch but only hard maple instead. It's pretty rare. I call it "wormy" maple. Here's a pic of some used as a handle with koa forearm/butt:
the only place i have seen this wood is in up michigan. I search for it every time i'm up there, usually only finding a peice or two. It's not uncommon figure in the lumber world, but quite uncommon to find it in hard maple.