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Here’s a cue I thought some of you Manzino enthusiasts might enjoy. It was done for me some years back and was the first of several cues Bob has built for me since. Already familiar with the hit and feel of his cues since coming by one via the secondary market, I decided to have him custom build one that would become my everyday player. Equally, I wanted something that would showcase his artistry and design execution. The resulting project was a unique experience in that it allowed me to work directly with him during the design phase.
This cue actually incorporates certain floral design elements and engraving techniques which Bob had used on an earlier commissioned cue dubbed “Silver Rhapsody”.
A design element in that cue, the mop engraved ovals, while subtle, seemed to draw your eye to them when looking at the cue. I asked Bob to include this elegant piece in our design and to expand on that by designing a stylized oyster shell in which the mop ovals would be inlayed to appear as pearls. We then added the ivory and silver detailing which highlighted and framed the shell as well as to help marry it up with the other major design piece appearing in the sleeve. In the end, we dubbed this cue “Shinju”, which is a Japanese feminine gender name meaning “pearl”.
Wow! Ths cue is unreal. Great design and I know how well Bob's cues play. Congratulations on owning another masterpiece.
All the best, Phil