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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:39 pm 
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This year Jerry McWorter will celebrate his 20th year building cues, yet he’s still know as one of the “new” kids on the block. Jerry is known for his great designs and flawless execution his fine silver work is one of his trademarks. If you have seen Jerry’s cues then you know that his cues are in a style all his own and can be recognized from across the room.

Jerry lives and makes cues in Ventura CA with his wife Jan who played on the WPBA for many years, and his son. Besides cues and his family music plays a big roll in his family, Jerry is the drummer in a band called Dynamo Jump, you can see many of Jerry’s cues as well as buy his CD on his website

http://www.mcwortercues.com

I want to thank Jerry in advance for taking the time to answer our questions, I’ll remind everyone that this thread will remain open for a few days of questions and then Jerry will answer (the ones he knows the answers to) and then the thread will be closed, so please ask as many questions as you want and let anyone who you might feel would like to ask a question know ASAP because it won’t be open long. As you know I get to ask the first few questions, so I’ll kick it off.

1) In your cues I can see a huge Thomas Wayne influence, can you please tell us what roll Thomas has played in your evolution as a cuemaker, also tell us a little about how you feel about Thomas’s influence on the cuemaking industry.

2) Your Bluebook bio says you made your first cue as a high school project, do you know where that cue is today? Is it still straight and playable? Do you have a picture of it?

3) My favorite McWorter cue is the one you made for the Greco Roman collection, how hard did you find it to do a 1 of a kind design and do you see more theme type cues in your future?

Jim <-----Big fan of Jerry’s work, and will give others a shot now.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:53 pm 
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Hi Jerry - big fan of your work...

My questions:

1 - How much time does it take you to come up with a new design?

2 - What are your influences?

3 - How many cues do you aim to produce per design?

4 - What do you really think of Jim?

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:45 pm 
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Before someone beats me to my signature question.

4) What do you think of cue design theft?

Jim <---How did I forget to ask that one??

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 11:29 pm 
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Jerry, what do you use in most of the silver inlay work? is it wire or something else

How many cues are you making a year?

I will see you in VF so we can design my new cue.....you ready?
Steve Piesner


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 8:37 am 
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Jerry,
First, thanks for taking the time to answer our questions.

- Similar to one of Jim's questions: was there an "aha!" moment or situation that caused you to decide to move your designs away from traditional pointed cues to the style you've developed?

- Did you have any formal artistic training, study on your own, or just find that you had a knack for the unique and beautiful designs that you've done?

- What is your favorite part of cue making? Least favorite?

- At this point in your career, do you come up with most of the designs on your cues or work from designs that customers want?

- What is your current timeframe to build a fairly elaborate cue?

- Who is your favorite drummer?

Scott

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Konichiwa Jerry-san,
Nihojin kanojo boshu-chu.
Watakushi wa otaku.
Rikai suru......
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 1:02 pm 
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O.K., O.K., :roll:
A Cuemakers question..
I know many of your Cues go to Japan.
What is the most popular, or, what do you find is the best Ivory Subsitute?
Thanks....


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Jerry, I really like the design of your cues, very modern. My question is why do you use only the one type of joint ring? It seems many of your designs may benifet from fancy rings.

Andy

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Hi Jerry-

Ok, one the cuemaking front...

1) Who would you describe as your biggest influence in design AND playability?

2) Many people argue that cue design theft is so hard to avoid as most everything has been done by someone else already. I think you prove all of those people wrong as you constantly find new and creative ways to introduce unique designs. That being said, have there ever been any times where you thought to yourself "Jeez! I go to all these efforts to do something new, and this guy just went and copied it!"

3) I know you probably won't answer this, but I have to ask anyway... are there any cuemakers out there that you have no respect for?

4) Can I have the amboyna collection... for free? (just kidding - but if 'yes', PM me for shipping info :mrgreen: )


and finally, on a NON-pool related note...


5) Could you name the top 5 drummers (your opinion) of the last 25 years?

Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions.
-Brian

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What's the toughest part about making your cues? Cutting the decals or pasting them down straight?

Fred <~~~ thinks Jerry's cues are simply amazing

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Cornerman wrote:
What's the toughest part about making your cues? Cutting the decals or pasting them down straight?

Fred <~~~ thinks Jerry's cues are simply amazing



LOL!!!!!!!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:42 pm 
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hi, it seems like just yesterday when we met in pheonix.

i just wanted to say keep up the good work.

and was wondering if you could share any storys of jerry franklin.


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How do you dye your epoxy to match the wood so well? Looking at your cues I can hardly see the glue line.

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I would be willing to bet Neil Pert would make the list.

pharaoh68 wrote:
and finally, on a NON-pool related note...


5) Could you name the top 5 drummers (your opinion) of the last 25 years?

-Brian

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Murray Tucker wrote:
I would be willing to bet Neil Pert would make the list.

pharaoh68 wrote:
and finally, on a NON-pool related note...


5) Could you name the top 5 drummers (your opinion) of the last 25 years?

-Brian



He tops my list, but this isn't ask the JimBo and you've had your chance already 3 so knock it off.

Jim <---Hates a thread stealer

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