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Another newby with a familiar story...played a lot in my 20s (but strictly recreationally and never in a league, hell, I never even practiced per se), now I'm 47 and want to perhaps start playing again and take it a bit more seriously. Really been enjoying watching tourneys (World Pool Masters, Wisconsin Open, others....love the quantity of competitive pool on Youtube and FB) these last couple weeks.
 

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Another newby with a familiar story...played a lot in my 20s (but strictly recreationally and never in a league, hell, I never even practiced per se), now I'm 47 and want to perhaps start playing again and take it a bit more seriously. Really been enjoying watching tourneys (World Pool Masters, Wisconsin Open, others....love the quantity of competitive pool on Youtube and FB) these last couple weeks.
Welcome to the site…👍
 

bpeacock

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Another newby with a familiar story...played a lot in my 20s (but strictly recreationally and never in a league, hell, I never even practiced per se), now I'm 47 and want to perhaps start playing again and take it a bit more seriously. Really been enjoying watching tourneys (World Pool Masters, Wisconsin Open, others....love the quantity of competitive pool on Youtube and FB) these last couple weeks.
Similar for me... Where do you live?
 

Bob Jewett

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SE Pennsylvania here. Been playing since I was a kid, then quite a bit through college. like so many, life happened and I got out of it for a while. Finally setting up a home table and getting back into playing regularly.
Do you have any favorite pool halls? Have you been to the US Open (Atlantic City)?
 

23DenaliBDE

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Figured I should jump in here. Thank you Mike for taking care of my account. South Central IA. Played for about a year 23 years ago. Have time again finally and have been playing regularly for a little less than a year. Just long enough to now what you do, how to do it, while lacking the ability to execute lol. I appreciate the information I have been able to gather from here the last few month, so thank you to a large number of people
 

Hard Knock Cues

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I'm Robert from central North Carolina.
I poked my nose in around 2010 when I made my first cue from a butcher block countertop off of a kitchen remodel job. As good as it came out using an old Sears Dunlap lathe, I quickly realized I didn't have the right equipment. Although I continued to collect wood and materials it wasn't until 2019 that I made a big investment. I bought up a collection of used equipment and a boat load of wood turned in different stages. I'm full time running my own remodeling and handyman business. Been in it almost 40 years but hoping to transition into the cue making and table mechanic (which I've been tinkering with for several years now) for a retirement/hobby income . After diving back into AZ for a couple years now I finally joined. I've learned a lot from many of you and hope to learn more and share more.

Working on a website for my future name of Hard Knock Cues, currently my cues are marked with RJS (my initials) the one I used for my picture is my 16th cue and the one I play with. Because some of the wood I picked up was not labeled I can only guess by comparison with other pieces that were labeled. Ebony butt and rings, maple handle joint and rings, ironwood forearm, ebony points dark green,natural maple, light green veneers. Yes I sleeved with phenolic between the core and maple joint collar.

Thanks for reading this far and looking forward to getting more involved and learning more.

RJS
 

DeeRay86

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New here?
Introduce yourself, tell us where you hail from and a bit about yourself.
Hey guys, My name is Dustin Wiley from Goldsboro N.C. Started out of closed down (Fast Eddies) I play out of Raleigh Nc, Brass Tap now days. Been playing since I was seven years old, 37 now. I was in a terrible car accident at sixteen, very closely lost my left arm (I'm right handed) Amputation was put in place bc of no blood flow in the bone. Lost my bicep, severed artery broke my pelvic bone in four places, by gods will I developed blood flow in the bone so they pieced me back together. lot more to unpack..... Anyway I'm so blessed to still be able to play competitively or just play at all. I ran a lathe for about seven years, that was eleven years ago. I'm super passionate about cues and the construction process, The art. Just bought a lathe. Goal is to build my own cues. I do not know CAD or have a cnc machine, But imma make some cues to the best of my equipment's ability. Nice to be here guys.
 

GreasyLake78

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Hi All,
Thanks for having me.
My name is Marco from Montreal, Canada.
I’ve been playing pool on and off since I was 5 years old. We had a table at home and I spent most of my time playing pool and listening to records. What a life; it was the absolute greatest!
I stopped playing in my early twenties when I moved out and when I wanted to play again my free time was non existent. Work, wife, young kids, etc.
I picked it back up in my late 30s, and joined the CPA (Canadian equivalent of APA). It was run really well, and met lots of interesting folks. I was a lvl “7”, and soon to be “8”. I mostly played 9ball, but played 8ball on some bar boxes too. Then COVID hit and I haven’t been back since. I miss it a lot and will probably try to join the summer session if I get settled quick enough. We’re fortunate enough to be moving into a bigger home soon and I’ll finally have a table at home again. It’s not the 9ft GC of my dreams, but a sweet 8ft Brunswick. The stereo will be ready to go too!
Thanks for reading and the welcome.
 
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Hi, I'm Ed from Texas. I've recently been tasked with getting the table in our community room back in shape. That's what you get for opening your mouth during a meeting!
 
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CrookedShot

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Hey Everyone,

Same old story that's I've read here quite a few times. Started playing pool at age 8, got serious about it around age 12. Had some residents at a retirement home a family member worked at coach me for a couple of years. By 13 I was hustling other kids at the local video game arcade and teen club, through high school and college I played local 9-ball tournaments. After college, I took a corporate IT job working 60+ hours a week for the next 20ish years. In that time my wife and I only dusted the old college cues off a dozen times in total.

My child hit age 10 in the middle of covid lockdowns, regardless I took some saved up cash and got her a kid's Athena cue, having found my old student-wage college kid import cue with crack in the shaft and making horrible noises, I got myself a new Meucci, and also replaced my wife's warped shaft from her college cue. I've spent that last 3 years doing a combination teaching my daughter technique and trying to get my stance and shot back to at least some degree of where it used to be before I had a twisted spine and three focal points over 9 feet. She's outgrown her cue at this point and I'll be moving her up to a full size cue in the next 3-6 months (she may get my Meucci, I've got my eyes on a couple other options for me.)

That's my tale, hopefully I'll be back up to local competition level playing within the next year or so, and my kid and I can enter some tournaments as a dad-daughter team.
 
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