Pool Cues: How They are Made. ~ Kim Walker {Part 1}

Most pool players have seen the many different pool cues used by players everywhere.

Pool cues are different length, different weight, different diameters, and are mostly made from wood but, many other materials have been used. I intend to build a pool cue and show exactly how it is done, by me.

I say “by me” because there are many ways to build a pool cue. Some ways are better than others, but I will show you my way. I will show you with pictures and explanations exactly how it is done, from start to finish.

But before we begin, I will tell you a little about myself. I retired a few years ago after a long career of electronic repair, mechanical repair, and technical training. Since I play pool and I thought that I could build a pool cue. What did I know? I was like many other pool players.

I thought that you throw a piece of wood in a lathe and you whip out a pool cue in no time. How hard could it be, it’s just round wood? I wasn’t doing this very long before I came to see the big revelation.

A simple Merry Widow or Plain Jane cue can have as much as 25 hours of build time in it. The task of building cues is a never ending learning experience. It involves a myriad of intricate techniques, methods, procedures, and abilities. I am far from knowing it all. I feel that I have just scratched the surface.

In the beginning, I thought that I would build myself a few cues and build a few extra and peddle them off at the local pool hall and maybe this would pay for my cues too. The truth is that I am still losing money. I now have about $20,000 worth of tools and material but I still haven’t made a profit. I tell people “I’m not making a profit but, I’m losing less.”

I built myself a few cues and some of the local league players asked about them when they saw me playing with them. A few of the best players in town offered to buy a cue if I customized them to their specs. So I made a few, using my best skills, materials, and techniques (at the time). They were well liked because, it seems that my methods produce a cue with a nice hit.

I like to feel the cue strike the cue ball. I like the feed back you get when the vibration transfers down the shaft to the butt and to you hand.

Evidently, so did they.

My first customers talked up my cues with other players I have never advertised my cues in any way. Before I had been building cues for 6 months, I had a back log of about 20 cues and back log has never been less than 20 for 3 years.