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JimS
04-22-2005, 05:03 AM
I'm going to have a cue made. Wood handle, no points, no inlays. I just like pretty wood.

The handle will probably be fiddleback or birdseye but I haven't decided on the butt sleeve and the forearm. I like dark highly figured wood with a redish tint. Cocobolo, Amboyna Burl etc.

I'm not familiar with cue construction or exotic woods. What do you folks like? What makes a good playing cue. I hear that Bocote (I've seen it spelled Bacote?? which is right?) makes a good hitting cue. Kingwood has been suggested. Any idea where I can get a good look at exotic woods? Lowes? /ccboard/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

Leviathan
04-22-2005, 05:42 AM
Sounds like it'll be a handsome cue! I think that Paul Dayton's web site has good pics of cues made with all of the woods you're interested in: http://daytoncues.com/

For info about these and other tropical hardwoods, you might go to http://www.windsorplywood.com/tropical_woodspage.html

AS

SplinterHands
04-22-2005, 06:03 AM
Are you looking for a cue you can play with or hang on the wall? Go talk to a cuemaker who knows the game and not just how to make cues. Or buy a Mezz. Best production cue on the market.

Rich R.
04-22-2005, 06:50 AM
I love the Cocobolo. My main two custom cues are both Cocobolo, on of the red variety and one of the brown variety.

Here is a good place to look at a lot of different woods.
Go to their section on "Wood Sample Images", on the left of the home page.
http://www.gilmerwood.com/Default.htm

Cueless Joey
04-22-2005, 07:06 AM
Burlwood are pretty but hit like cork. /ccboard/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
You can have them corked and still hit like cork.
Check some here.
http://woods.mypicgallery.com/
Imo Brazilian rosewood is the best hitting wood there is but are so hard to find. I'm partial to rosewood varieties.

mworkman
04-22-2005, 03:36 PM
J. Pechauer makes a great cue fitting your description. It is a birdseye Maple butt with a cocobolo forearm. Not too fancy, but a beutiful stick when you look at it. It is P05. My friend has one. I spent $200 more for mine and I like his better.

Plummerbutt
04-22-2005, 07:33 PM
Tulip wood is mighty pretty and hits very very nice.

JimS
04-23-2005, 03:20 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Cueless Joey:</font><hr> Burlwood are pretty but hit like cork. /ccboard/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
You can have them corked and still hit like cork.
Check some here.
http://woods.mypicgallery.com/
Imo Brazilian rosewood is the best hitting wood there is but are so hard to find. I'm partial to rosewood varieties. <hr /></blockquote>

My favorite South West cue has tulipwood points and butt sleeve and a cocobolo forearm with a birdeye handle. I love all those wood colors but I want this cue to have no points. I really like the Tulipwood in that cue so I've been thinking about using it in this new cue.

Does Tulipwood transfer a lot of feel? The cue will be 60" long, slim butt...1.185", 12.5mm Talisman hard tip. I like a lot of feel or vibration. I want to experience all the nuances of the shot so that, for instance, if I hit extreme spin it will sound and feel almost like a miscue. The feel is the most important thing to me, a hard hit...not a mushy feel..no give to it. I want to feel the vibration in my fingers but I DO LOVE the beautiful woods, without adornment and want that rich, warm, brown, reddish/brown look.

Rod
04-23-2005, 09:37 AM
Jim,

I really like cherry. I have a large end table made of a figured type of cherry. It's an older peice but is beautiful. It has a rippled look in bright light and is a honey tone, red/brown color. It really appears to almost glow. It's not a very dark wood though.

I'd love to have a cue made of this exact wood. Problem is you need a good clear finish to see what wood really looks like, other than just wetting it.

Rod

Cueless Joey
04-23-2005, 11:09 AM
Tulip is hard and heavy. Not quite cocobolo heavy.
It you like it really thin at the bottom, it'd have to have a dual taper. The taper on theforearm will be stiffer while the handle will be not as extreme.