I build one cue at a time
So which is it? Either you have something to prove or you don't. No matter. You are right & I am wrong. It's just that I had aspirations of someday building a cue that other people could appreciate. I guess I should put in the time to research & develop something that stands out among the crowd & is desirable to players. I imagine what it would be like.
Imagine spending half of your days answering emails & phone calls from players all over the world, only to tell them that you cannot accept their orders due to you being solid booked indefinitely. Imagine doing that day after day, year after year. Imagine them telling you it doesn't matter how long it takes, just please keep their name on record so if & when you have time in the future, you might consider building them a cue. Imagine getting order requests from not only pro players, but hall of fame legends. I'm not talking about sponsor requests, but paying orders. Imagine what it would be like to come home from a two week family vacation to see 300 emails & your answering machine maxed out with folks wanting cues. Sounds ludicrous doesn't it? That would be the shizzle. How much confidence & sense of accomplishment would that give you knowing that you have cue orders for the rest of your life & as many as you can build? That would be awesome. I mean, isn't that the dream that drives aspiring cue builders? Big imagination I have, I know. What can I say? I'm a dreamer.
If you reach that point, i'll accept your challenge gladly. You'll be in my league & might have something i'm interested in learning. Until then, you got nothing for me to compete for.
Yep, yep, yep. Eric has nothing to prove John. You need to do a bit more research before you challenge somebody, that you do not know, that you have never seen his work, that you have never hit a ball with his cues, that you have never saw his wood, that you will never be as knowledgeable in wood as Eric, that you will probably never have his etiquette and his believes.
John, you are not that far away from me and we might find each other other on some tournament, some day, but your speech scares me to travel 20 minutes to meet you. Maybe someday, after you improve your people and public skills...
At this point I rather travel 18 hours 10 mins, around 1,155 miles to Eric's place than 34.8 miles to your place in Merced.
Let's talk about shafts now. The quality of shafts that Eric offers for example should be at $200.00+. I have seen shafts from big, big names in the cue making world that do not have 1/10 of your shafts quality for 4 or 5 times more the price - in those cases the name dictates the price. The problem with you is that you are more than honest and fair with your decisions. I guess that is a good problem to have for players that have cues on order from you.
Besides honesty and market value I do feel that the cuemakers name dictates a lot the price of a shaft.