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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 4:02 pm 
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pharaoh68 wrote:
The assumption that "Pil Sung" also meant "Blue Pearl", brofessor.


I never assumed that, brotein shake! From what I have read here,
the real title is "Blue Pearl Dragon". Having the aka title is clearly
what made you assume I was assuming. And of course I did what
everyone did and Googled "pilsung" first. Seeing all the results
did little to explain what this pool cue has to do with "certain
victory" and I merely wanted clarification from the person who
would know. My first thought was "is TW making a bold prediction
that this cue will be the 'certain victor' for cue of the year" but as
it turns out, it was just a martial arts connotation with the customer.
We've also learned that the Korean phrase is inlayed into the cue.
Thanks again TW! Impressive design and execution. Nice pics, too.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 6:28 pm 
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What is the base wood on the cue ? From a distance it looks black but upclose it has a brownish hue.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 11:08 am 
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JoshStodola wrote:
pharaoh68 wrote:
The assumption that "Pil Sung" also meant "Blue Pearl", brofessor.


I never assumed that, brotein shake! From what I have read here,
the real title is "Blue Pearl Dragon". Having the aka title is clearly
what made you assume I was assuming. And of course I did what
everyone did and Googled "pilsung" first. Seeing all the results
did little to explain what this pool cue has to do with "certain
victory" and I merely wanted clarification from the person who
would know. My first thought was "is TW making a bold prediction
that this cue will be the 'certain victor' for cue of the year" but as
it turns out, it was just a martial arts connotation with the customer.
We've also learned that the Korean phrase is inlayed into the cue.
Thanks again TW! Impressive design and execution. Nice pics, too.


I suppose you forgot about this PM?
Thanks for playing, Teddy Brosevelt.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 11:08 am 
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Pissing contest aside, Thomas the cue is amazing. Thanks for sharing the pics AND the explanation behind the name. It's truly impressive in every way!

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:33 pm 
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Lenoxmjs wrote:
What is the base wood on the cue ? From a distance it looks black but upclose it has a brownish hue.


The base wood is Gabon Ebony, but was intentionally chosen to show some grain. I've use this logic for many years - if I am inlaying intricate design work into an ebony cue I want the viewer to be able to look closely and see that the black is actual WOOD, as opposed to the black plastic (or whatever) favored by some makers. This also requires that I hand cut the sharp ends on pockets, as opposed to over-cutting the corners and slapping them full of black epoxy - which would stick out like a sore thumb.

On less intricate cues I will tend to use less figured ebony, since the color itself is a significant part of the ornamentation. I know this logic will strike some as "backwards", but if / when you put as much effort into an intricate cue as I did into this cue, you do not want some AZB wannabe asshole suggesting paint, decals, or plastic as an "explanation" regarding how the look was achieved.

And finally, as you noticed, the base wood does look black from a distance. In real life, in the viewer's hands, the grain is not nearly as prominent as the photos make it appear. That is a result of high-quality photo equipment that does not really manifest itself when viewing the cue in person.

TW


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2016 3:35 pm 
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JoshStodola wrote:
pharaoh68 wrote:
I did what I would think most anyone (except maybe Josh) would do... I google'd it. And you're right Eric. It apparently is a Korean martial arts expression that means "Certain Victory".

But apparently, I'm the moron and it so clearly means Blue Pearl Dragon. :roll: :shock: :lol:


You aged Internet bravados are comical. I have probably been using Google before most
of you old farts even figured out how to operate a mouse. There is also a documented
instance of me linking to LMGTFY.com in 2009, but I still appreciated the feeble attempt
at humor by reliable AZB user "mia".


:lol: Please remember that many of us "old farts" were conversing about pool over the Internet before the Google was born.

I first saw the "World Wide Web" when there were 85 sites total .... and then I went back to my office and connected rn to rsb :mrgreen:

Thanks for the great thread TW, the cue is amazing and getting your comments is priceless.

Dave


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2016 6:07 pm 
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davek wrote:
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:lol: Please remember that many of us "old farts" were conversing about pool over the Internet before the Google was born.

I first saw the "World Wide Web" when there were 85 sites total .... and then I went back to my office and connected rn to rsb :mrgreen:

Thanks for the great thread TW, the cue is amazing and getting your comments is priceless.

Dave


Thank you, Dave, for your BRILLIANT avatar. If only it carried the force of law.

TW



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 11:13 am 
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I'm late to the party as always, but beautiful work.

I love the dragon's eye on the top of the joint protector. Lovely touch.

Gideon


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 5:11 am 
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Totally Irrelevant Notes:

1. Looking at the Korean character "필승", I'm sure many non-Korean speaking people will be pronouncing it wrong (like "Hyundai" which I rarely hear being pronounced correctly).

2. Chinese equivalent is "必勝". I don't habla Chino but excel at googling Korean. Many high-level vocabulary words have Chinese equivalent characters. And while I can read them, I don't understand the meaning because I was educated mostly in USA. I call them adult words which Korean newspaper are full of.


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