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 Post subject: Josswest #2 - 1987
PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 4:10 pm 
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This is the second cue that I ordered from Mr. Stroud and, if I remember right, took over a year to complete. Bill had been doing the "flat-bottomed" CNC point method for a few years by this time, 1987. This was my playing cue from '87 until I started buying cues again in about 2003.

At that time I was playing in a few 9-ball leagues on bar tables that had the big cue ball. Right or wrong, I felt like I needed a beefy cue to muscle that ball around and this cue fits that bill. It is 58" long, weighs 20.6 ounces and has shafts that are over 13 mm / 4.1 oz. Bless him, Bill built exactly to my specs; even though they probably were not what I needed.

I guess I was into my Oklahoma indian roots when I came up with this arrowhead inlay. Bill came up with the stacked veneer / index ring pattern for the sleeve. Overall I was very happy with how it came out and it is just as solid today after 22 years.

Wanting to get joint protectors for it, I totally forgot that Bill used a 5/16-14 Acme joint screw during that time. Scott Whisler saw a post I made on AZ looking for anyone who could work with that screw and made these for me. I now know that Mike Webb also uses that screw sometimes.

Danny Tibbitts fixed a ding in the sleeve a while back and commented how much he liked Bill's work. I think he also got a kick out of the fat shafts.

A couple of years ago, Mr. Stroud sent an email stating that this cue and my 1978 one are "unique and one of a kind Josswests".


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 Post subject: Classic Years
PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 1:53 pm 

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Those JW's with the hand engraved initials and date..
Classic Years..
I love that era of cues..
I also remember those Acme Threads too.
That's how I started Joint Protectors.
I had to make my own JPs and HB Billiards saw them and
ask me to put them in their Pro Shop.
And, here I am today.. Still making JPs..mmm :cry:
:roll: That didn't sound to inspiring.. :| :arrow: :shock: :?:
Thanks for posting Scott..
I think Bill makes one-of-a-kinds.
Like Bill Schick.
They never make the same cue twice..
That's what B. Schick told me..FWTW

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