Cue making is an art form. Where some artists may use traditional mediums such as clay or canvas, the artists in the pool world use wood and other materials to produce their art. Their art are the custom cues that many people buy every year. Some of these individually crafted works of art stay inside
“Trudy the Beauty” Billy Joel, Mac Truck, General Electric, Bethlehem Steel, “Trudy”, Kahn Custom Cues and owner Joe Kancsal, all have one thing in common, Allentown, PA. While some businesses are floundering, Kahn Custom cues has only just begun to flourish. Though only in it’s infancy, surely it will grow quickly. When not working in
My husband once said that he fell in love with me because being with me made him want to be a better person. I strongly believe that, many years before, he fell in love with cue making for the same reason. It is rare to find someone so passionate about their art that it causes
This is part 3A of Kim Walker’s pool cue “How It’s Made” series—read parts one and two to round out your knowledge. (There will be six parts in total, published on a staggered schedule.) In this section, I will glue the points in the butt sleeve and the forearm. I use a laminating epoxy. I always mix
I interviewed Shawn Gainey—founder of Gainey Q’s—last week, and it was an absolute delight. Shawn’s buttery southern accent makes it immediately obvious that he originally hails from South Carolina. His day job as a superintendent in construction for a government contractor brought him to Waldorf, Maryland, in 2012. His decision to stay started with a
Every custom cue maker has a certain feel for the industry and the way they want their cues to look and feel in the hands of the customers. When I first met Shawn Gainey, we began our relationship on the foundation of what we both liked in cues for looks and the way they feel.
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