If you seal the forearm, to keep it from being effeted by moisture & temperature changes, why wouldn't you do the same for the handle area, which consists of about 1/2 of the Q? I'm just curious about your methods & why...JER
It could just be the picture but the joint doesn't appear to be sealed. Thats the reason for the comments I made....I still think the joint if Ivory should be sleeved over phenolic IMO ..............Dave
for all those who dont know paul or myself i can say this its not his first try at that joint(its not a try)it works perfectly (my break cue has it)
his cues dont warp,break rattle or loosten i have played with his stuff
since he started (over 10 yrs ago)and trust me if he is willing to show you something..its perfect
his standards are alot higher than he lets on
im sure its a gun too!
The handle of this cue (as are all of my cues) are either flat or radial laminates (this one is a flat laminate) that start out between 1.350" -1.400". By the time the handle is ready to get pieced into a cue it's had 10-12 passes over 10-12 months with a dunking in Resolute after each pass. Once it's been pieced into a cue it gets another 10 passes over 6-8 months until the cue is at finish dimensions, again with a dunking in Resolute after each pass. For as long as I've been working with and stabilizing them I haven't seen one turn once it's been put in a cue. That's not to say that it's not possible or that they don?t, I just haven't seen it yet.
I think that the reason I don?t seal the handle after the wrap groove is cut comes from my repair business. I?ve seen to many wraps come loose of sealed handles, but mostly on production cues and mostly from cues that come from the East (imports).
If you look at the color balance of the photo with the joint you?ll notice that it wasn?t taken at the same time as the others. That photo was taken while the cue was still in production. You have a good eye! Yes, at the time that photo was taken the pin was only test fitted and neither the cues mortise nor the shafts tenon had been sealed or waxed. Rest assured before the cue left the shop they had been.
The joint is not Ivory but MP Ivory Substitute which seems to hold up very nicely. While it?s not as strong as phenolic, it was chosen for its softer hit.
While I do very much appreciate you words and your support over the years you know I can?t let you get away with that. Perfection DOESN?T exist and there?s ALWAYS room for improvement.
I?m always willing to listen to others and always willing to explain my thinking, that?s how we learn. At least that?s how I do!
Again, thanks for the Comments and critiques and please keep them coming, that's what it?s all about!