Here we show some fabulous cue construction technique. This was the actual forearm of a cue from a well known "cue maker". Even more surprising than this is that the usual voices from people within various newsgroup forums boast about how wonderful and what quality construction techniques this particular maker utilizes. The obvious conclusion is that these voices, or what we like to refer to as the �peanut gallery�, don�t really have a clue about the inner working of cue construction and the participants. They are so far from the true pulse of cue making that they actually don't have a clue as to who does what and how.
Anyway, this was the actual forearm which had a �buzz�. The cue was taken apart and was going to be put back together properly until what was seen and displayed here became visible.
Ok, so here we have a front that was turned down too fast or joined together to the handle too fast or a combination of both. The cue was then put on a lathe and did the mambo (warped while spinning) but the "cue maker" decided to just cut down the cue with a taper and in doing so, just cut the warp out. In doing so, the tenon and connection were forced cut off center and the results are shown here.
The "cue maker" had three choices here:
A) take the cue apart and rejoin the component parts
B) scrap everything and start over
C) turn out the warp
Obviously the correct answer is B but this illustrious "cue maker" decided that the almighty dollar shall prevail and chose option C. Afterall, who would or could possibly find out once the cue is together. Well, Ta Da!!!!
This is a disgrace that this particular "cue maker" would allow this cue to be continued and even worse yet, be sold with such shoddy construction. We can only expect a beginner to realize these results and this "cue maker" was and is hardly a beginner. Very sad indeed. And he knows who he is.
On a side note, this construction is prevalent with many imported cues from Taiwan, Mainland China and even the Philippines. Not all imports boast this fine construction but many do. It's sad to say that this shoddy display of craftsmanship emanates from the USA.
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