A Biography: Joe Pechauer ~ April Larson

Due to his father, Jerry Pechauer, being a member of the pool world for many years; Joe had it in his blood to do something involving this wonderful sport. Ever since he could see over the table, he took part in doing what he could to learn what he could about pool. Until around the age of 20, Joe was more into playing, than producing cues. Yes, he helped with the business up until this age; but until the business needed him most, he wanted to play. Looking back on it now he will never forget the winning eight ball of the tournament he won when he was only 15 years old, defeating 45 men. That’s quite an amazing feat.

As many sons do, Joe took after his father. Watching, admiring and learning about the fascinating art of making a pool cue. He still has his hands on every single cue that makes its way out of the shop to make sure it is of the best quality and precision. His favorite part of creating a new cue is placing the inlays in the cue. Joe loves seeing the natural beauty pop out of the exotic woods. It truly is an amazing sight, which is why he takes so much satisfaction when seeing all the beauty and wonder in all his work while staring at his finished projects and taking in how all his hard work has turned into something magical.

The Pechauer company is a family based business. That being said, he takes very good care of all his workers as they do to him. It is a loving environment at the shop between him and all his colleagues. He values everyone the same. His shop consists of three different sections. A retail showroom, a sawing section and the main shop. It is quite the large shop as well. It is a total of 15,000 square feet. That space is where all the magic of the makings of their cues happens. Must be quite the sight inside that building. That is indeed where Joe’s favorite cue he ever built was made which was the 2013 People’s Choice Cue of the Year.

Pechauer is a company whose products are made in the U.S.A. This is very hard to find as many cues are now made overseas. It is very important to Joe that his products remain made in the U.S.A. and in his shop.  He actually makes every part of the cue (except the tip and rubber bumper) so that he can make sure that his products are to the highest standard possible. He also takes pride in being a part of the American Cuemakers Association and admires many of the cuemaker members and their work.

Joe would like to thank a couple people for much of his success in the pool industry. He was very inspired by two important people in his life, his father and Fred Mali. They had the same passion he did which was figuring out how to build the machines needed to build the best cues possible and that will hold up through everything a cue goes through and what materials were needed to make the best cue as well. Much teamwork was needed to get where he and his company is now.

He would also like to thank mom and dad for all they do for the company and his family, Polly (his wife) and Jake and Riley (his two sons) for being as understanding as they can be with having a husband and father who is part of a business that means so much to him. This being said, he has quite the future planned for his American company. He would love to just keep promoting and improving the cues. In other words, just keep making the company better and better.

Interview questions and answers:

AL: When did you know this is what you wanted to do with your life?JP: I