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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:14 pm 
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AlexB wrote:
Mr. Showman, no questions at this time. Just a sincere "Thank you" for the ebony on ebony cue I have from you. The absolute best playing stick I have. Not too shabby looking either. I can't imagine how you did it, or how you can possibly better it, but I suspect you will. Keep up the incredible work, please.



so that's where that cue went, i'm glad you like it.....how's it play? wish i could of hit balls with it.

its funny when i was making your cue the scruggs phantom got posted on az and i got a chuckle cause i was calling yours the ghost cue as i was building it. i was planning on putting silver inlays in it but since it was the first like that i thought i should leave it plain. i really liked the way it come out.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:23 pm 
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searing wrote:
Hi John,

I've always admired your cue work!thanks

1) First, I would like to learn what kind of exacto knives you like to use to do your inlay work, and do you employ the use any electric power tools such as a dremel or carving tool when doing inlay work as well?smart ass, don't you know it is all the above


2) What do you do to keep yourself in shape to be able to run your foot pedal driven lathe for so many hours at a time without tiring?golfing and fishing

Thank you in advance for sharing!!! 8) :mrgreen: :lol: your welcome

Dennis



billiardly yours john showman

boy you got alot of nerve coming in here ...wasting time on the computer when you could be building MY CUE...you should be a shame of yourself doing something beside cue work...get back in your little tree house and get to work...before i have to come down there and #$#%$%^&&*&(*&(*&*&&*%$#$#


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:27 pm 
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pharaoh68 wrote:
Hey John-
love your cues. Elegant, classy, simple, yet unique. Truly beautiful.

thank you very much

Just curious as to what kind of cue you play with (maker, woods, etc.) and assuming that you made it, if you were to play with a cue from any other maker, who would it be and why?

john showman 03, ebony into straight maple, with 68 ivory inlays, i need to learn to post pics to show you the cue

Thanks,
B


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:31 pm 
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additional questions:

who's been your biggest influences in your cue building career besides rocky tillis?

what's some of the best advice you've gotten in terms of cue making?

can you post some pics of your favorite cues for those who aren't familiar with your work (as well as those who want to drool over some good cue porn)?

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:33 pm 
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I'd like to know what kind of fish you like to fish for the most.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:40 pm 
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ScottR wrote:
Like everyone else, I really appreciate you taking the time to post here with us.

1. What is your favorite part of the cue making process? Your least favorite?


i love at all ...unfortunatelly the aadd gets in the way

B. What do you think is the hardest part of building a cue; especially the part that gives newcomers the hardest time to get right.

the hardest part is trying to satisfy myself , i guess fit and finish.


3. If you couldn't be a cue maker, what would you like to do?

quarter back for the pittsburgh steelers, then when i retired i could live on a ranch in wyoming like bo jackson and hunt and fish.



D. Doesn't that Dennis Searing just piss you off sometimes?

yes but doesn't everyone you love

5. Have you made any 6 or 8 point, or box inlay cues?

yes but the only 6 point was a burt spain blank, a few 8 points, and 1 box cue.

Scott (class of 2011)


billiardly yours john showman

ps was nice to finally meet you in vf


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:49 pm 
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1pRoscoe wrote:
John, first - when do I get my cue?!?!?

before scott of course :mrgreen:

Secondly, I've noticed your cues usually lean towards the fancier side... Do you prefer to do a highly ornate cue that will sit and never see the light of day - or - build a plain jane that will be used every chance possible?

well i like both...but i've only had a few orders for plain cues. i haven't built a merry widow in 14 years...or sneak pete in 13.

i think its very sad when a cue doesn't get played with, i've had many people comment to me "aren't you afraid to play with that cue?" and i always answered aren't you afraid to drive your new car on the road with all this idiots??? :mrgreen:


What do you get more enjoyment out of - the design or execution?


definitelly the design...its very difficult to execute anything to my satisfaction, i think only dennis can...whether its satisfies him is another question


billiardly yours john showman

ps it was nice to meet you in vf


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:57 pm 
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BoisdeRosie wrote:
Mr Showman.....I have often been curious as to where cue makers such as yourself get the inspiration to continue to do what it is you do?

i don't know about cuemakers but i am a cue nut

Do you ever get bored with it? NO you should see my baby running aroung talk about cues. it must be in the blood


Are there times when you just feel like you need a break to 'recharge'?
all the time but working on cues is actually theraputic....especially when you don't get disturbed

Is there a particular design element that you ever get tired of repeating?

not really i think all cues would be great with a few mop inlays, .....or how could you go wrong with a simple hoppe style? :mrgreen:

BTW, you do beautiful work....just curious as to what it is that keeps you 'driven'?

thank you i hope i helped

Lisa


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:24 am 
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johnbo wrote:
AlexB wrote:
Mr. Showman, no questions at this time. Just a sincere "Thank you" for the ebony on ebony cue I have from you. The absolute best playing stick I have. Not too shabby looking either. I can't imagine how you did it, or how you can possibly better it, but I suspect you will. Keep up the incredible work, please.



so that's where that cue went, i'm glad you like it.....how's it play? wish i could of hit balls with it.

its funny when i was making your cue the scruggs phantom got posted on az and i got a chuckle cause i was calling yours the ghost cue as i was building it. i was planning on putting silver inlays in it but since it was the first like that i thought i should leave it plain. i really liked the way it come out.


billiardly yours john showman


Mr. Showman, I think this cue plays better than any other I've ever used. Of course, I have trouble making 3 balls in a row so I'm not the best judge of that. The only thing close to it is an older Szamboti style Mottey that I have. That may just be a coincidence or possibly an early latent influence, I don't know.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:32 am 
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I think it is the one that Kam used to own. Super sweet cue.[/quote]

Scott, you are correct, both as to the origin of the cue and it's sweetness. There are pictures on AZB from when Kam owned it, and I believe (memory loss from alcohol abuse) when Mr. Showman was working on it, but I will attempt to take new ones and post them this weekend if able. The ebony on ebony, along with the dark and thin paper veneers, does not photograph well. The pictures from Kam are probably going to be far superior to anything my feeble photo skills can accomplish. Alex.[/quote]
Doesn't matter if the pictures show it........ That cue is HAWT!

Subtle is great. I'd love to see and play with that cue some day.

Scott <<== has a certain ebony/ebony cue in mind.... :mrgreen:[/quote]

Scott, I tend to be a hoarder, so there is not much chance that I will ever sell or trade this cue. However, we will have to arrange something so you can try it out. I have no problem in lending a cue to someone who appreciates and cares for it as if it were their own.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:46 am 
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I'm also looking to get my cue in 2011. Last I heard John was going to expand his garage/shop but don't know if it happened or not. (Hey John, I work for cues. LOL)

By the way, I've got a Christmas card from the Showman family each year since I placed my order. What a nice thing to do. Thanks John


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 7:50 am 
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Zeek wrote:
I'm also looking to get my cue in 2011. Last I heard John was going to expand his garage/shop but don't know if it happened or not. (Hey John, I work for cues. LOL)

By the way, I've got a Christmas card from the Showman family each year since I placed my order. What a nice thing to do. Thanks John

Me, too. Appreciation of your customers is pure class.

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Scott, I tend to be a hoarder, so there is not much chance that I will ever sell or trade this cue. However, we will have to arrange something so you can try it out. I have no problem in lending a cue to someone who appreciates and cares for it as if it were their own.


Alex, I was pretty sure that you were not looking to sell yours and was actually referring to the ebony/ebony cue I have on order with John.

I would love to try your cue. Maybe you'd like to try one of mine also. We'll work something out.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 7:56 am 
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I think I shared this story at the other Jimbo forum, and I hope John doesn't mind......

At Super Billiards Expo this year, a large group of us got together for lunch at Chumley's. We pulled a bunch of tables together and were one table short. A guy was sitting at a table by himself and we asked to use it (can't remember who asked). So, by default, he joined our group as he finished his meal and was sitting next to John.

John talked to the guy like they were old friends until he finished eating and even after that. Honest, sincere questions about pool, cues, etc. To me, the guy looked like he really enjoyed and appreciated the conversation and that a stranger would show such interest in him. John made him feel part of the group. 8)

On the flip/dark side, John also tried to hide a new cue that was delivered to me at that lunch. I tackled him, we wrestled and I got it back.

Scott <<== lying about that last part..... :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 8:01 am 
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John,
Great answers.

Talking to Ron Haley at VF, it sounds like you guys are good friends. Did you and he start building cues around the same time? Without meaning to worm into your personal life, can you tell us a little about your relationship with Ron over the years?

Can you tell us a little about your shop; the machines you have, shop size, anything unique about it?

Scott <<== loves the tools

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 9:27 am 
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Mr. Showman, what type of joint pin do you typically use, or prefer, and why.

Do you feel the type of pin has any effect on the playability on your cues.

Are you currently accepting new orders?

Thanks,
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