Arnot Q Custom
Billiard Cues Cue Maker's FAQ
How serious are
you about your game?
It is a reflection of your confidence and
your success! Winners have the best equipment. It is not just
a piece of pretty wood,
but a precision instrument
that was years in the making. A fine tuned cue is functional
art at its highest level.
endeavor created by a Master Cuemaker for the sole purpose of inspiring confidence
in you and enabling you to achieve the highest level of success. A precisely
made weapon will produce precise results. The use of exotic woods, ivory,
silver, and other natural treasures are not only pleasing to the
eye but add value
to your cue. Remember if you feel good about your cue it will
improve your game.
Thanks for coming by. I hope you enjoy your visit.
To order a cue or if I can help you design a cue to meet your
needs just give me a call (toll free) at
What is the most stable wood for a cue?
There are many woods that are suitable
for cue making. The most generally accepted statement that can be safely
made is: "If the wood is seasoned properly
and incrementally reduced in size over a long period of time most dense hardwoods
can be used."
How Many Cuemakers Are There?
I spoke with the folks at the Blue
Book of Pool Cues a couple of weeks ago for about an hour and a
half. During this phone conversation
I posed the
many cuemakers are going to be in the new edition"? To be honest I was
expecting the answer to be in the hundreds. I was certainly surprised to
find that it was
going to be only about 150. I keep hearing that there is a cuemaker on every
street corner but cannot think of but one that has started in the past 4
years here in Florida. There might be more but I can assure you that there
is not a
cuemaker on every corner.
One thing I have learned is that it is one thing
thing to start something but it is quite another to be successful. Every
cue that is made is scrutinized
to the enth degree by every single person who touches or looks at it. There
other item in our society that I can think of that must undergo such close
examination. If a cuemaker doesn't do good work he will starve to death.
might be fewer cuemakers in the world than any other trade or occupation.
I can think of no other field of endeavor with so few members. I take my
hat off to anyone who pursues the craft of cue making. It is a noble craft:
About JointScrews, Laminated Shafts, Long Splices, and Elephant Ivory."
Do You Guarantee Your Cues?
Arnot cues are indefinitely guaranteed
against construction defects that are not the result of warping
or abuse. Arnot's Guarantee.
Are Your Shafts Available As Replacements
for Other Cuemakers' Cues?
I make replacement shafts for ALL cues
that utilize the 3/8 Radial Pin, 5/16-14, 5/16-18 and 3/8-10 screws.
The price is $199,
a plain white
or black collar fit to match your cue's butt. Decorative collars are
extra and that depends on the complexity of the decoration. You
will also need
$15 for shipping, handling and insurance by FedEx. It will take about
two weeks to turn it around. You can pay by money order, personal check,
Why Don’t you Make “Sneaky Pete's”?
version of a Sneaky Pete HERE.
The idea of making an inexpensive but good hitting cue from a house
cue sounds good. I have made some and they have been very good
cues. I have
away many nice looking house cues that warped because they did not have
the basic materials or craftsmanship in construction that is required
for a cue
to be durable.
The problem is all house cues have either one of, or a combination of,
the following unfavorable characteristics: Very old cues that have been
new cues made from unseasoned wood or wood that is cracked or fractured
(often times this is very difficult to see until the finish is removed).
you stop to consider that these cues are sold on the retail market
for under $20.00, then it is easy to understand that only the cheapest
and every shortcut is taken. The ferrules are usually made from PVC and
pressed on – no glue is used. The splice is poorly done – voids
and again the cheapest glue is used. Unseasoned wood is used throughout – that
is why almost all house cues are warped.
Even if all the above could somehow
be avoided when you got done, it would still only be a butchered up
house cue. I produce an inexpensive
cue from scratch
and have confidence in that cue. With my custom cues made from scratch
I have control of each aspect of cue making, from the time the wood
the time the cue is delivered. A cue is only as good as the worst part
in it. View my version of a Sneaky Pete. It looks like a house cue
the resemblance ends.
Are all Two Piece Cues "Custom Cues"?
Definition of a Custom
- Custom Cue: A custom cue is a cue that is made to fit
the customer's needs. Wood, shaft, inlays, weight, balance, wrap,
butt material, ferrule, joint material and type, screw, diameter,
and tip are some of the considerations.
- Two piece cue: A mass-produced cue that is often referred to
as a custom cue.
- House cue: A house cue is usually a cue that consists of two
wood's jointed together utilizing the long splice method.
- Sneaky Pete: A Sneaky Pete is a two piece cue which was formerly
a house cue. It was cut in half and a joint was added.
- Spec Cue: A cue made by a Custom Cue Maker on speculation that
someone would fit the cue.
- One of a Kind Custom Cue: A unique cue designed by the Cuemaker
or his client or both. It should not be reproduced.