Having been an avid player since the age of 12, I was always fascinated with all things pool and wood in general. But I knew nothing about the construction of pool cues other than I knew what looked good to me and what felt good. Later in life I bought my first custom cues and started to study how they were made. Next I decided to make my goal to play with a cue that I had built myself.
I bought a second hand lathe, a book and some tapes on how to do it and went to work. After completing that project and some bar stick conversions I was hooked. That first playing cue is in the photo here and I gave it to my son after playing with it for a couple of years.
Hopefully he will pass it on to his son or daughter.