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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 8:19 pm 
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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)

no i had a little girl instead, but i bought doc fryes old equipment so i have some more machines i need to set up and a lot of vintage materials....can anybody say 40 yrs old shaft wood :mrgreen:

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


no no no thank you

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 8:25 pm 
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johnbo wrote:
brooklynjay wrote:
additional questions:

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

george and gus...i just love their definition of a cue and of course the wizard ernie (my hero) /b]

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

[b]shaft taper from jerry franklin, gluing your mitre together first before gluing your blank up from burt spain, schick method of templates and bufing tecniques from ron haley, just how good cue work can be from dennis searing and so much other stuff here and there thanks everybody .


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)?


we are trying to send pictures to jimbo so he can post .

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 8:39 pm 
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ScottR wrote:
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?yes


Without meaning to worm into your personal life, can you tell us a little about your relationship with Ron over the years?

we met ron and jaylon in 1999 at vf. our two sons share the same names and me and ron talked quite a bit at vf as did the two wifes.
my family went and visited them fall of that year and they've been coming to fl every years after vf since. i like to think as him as my brother but hes soooooooo old :P . they are both very good friends, and me and ron share lots about cue making. he is a very special person and cuemaker.


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


my shop is small and cramped at the moment 11 x 22. almost all my equipment is older than me and i really run a mickey mouse type of operation, no kidding not to many cuemakers would want build with my stuff the way it is. its is kind of hard to set things up the way you would like between the lack of funds and the family and trying to build cues. :shock: but maybe some day ... but i would not change it all for the world (my family time)

Scott <<== loves the tools


oh sure last time you were in fl you just went on by. :mrgreen:

billiardly yours john showman


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 8:42 pm 
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John,
I just found out about this thread this afternoon. I'm kind of slow and can't think of any good questions off hand.

I just want to say I love your cues. At least I love everyone I've seen.
Someday we'll work out the communications and I'll get on your list. :)

One question, I wonder about. I love the classic look, nice and straight forward, too fancy turns me off. What really turns you on about the classic look?

Another question, I'm really turned on by nice wood grains, more than the decoration, though the decoration is nice as a compliment to the wood. Does the wood or the decoration bring more pleasure to you?

And of course thanks for taking the time to answer our questions.
Steve.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 8:53 pm 
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Rodp wrote:
Mr. Showman, what type of joint pin do you typically use, or prefer, and why.

i normally do 5/16x14 steel or ivory piloted bushka style or a 3/8 x 10 flat face ivory gus style cause its old school.

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

not really, i feel the quality of construction and how you are doing it plays a bigger part . most of the other pins i feel is just a gimck or a way to be different , although the quality and accurace is much better then the cuemakers could buy in their regular available stuff and also they are geared to the cue maker for ease of instalation and are very worker friendly and extremmely accurate.

Are you currently accepting new orders?

i would love to make a cue for everybody.

Thanks,
Rodney

hey i made a cue for a rodney :mrgreen:

billiardly yours john showman


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 8:59 pm 
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John
Would you say you tend to have a signature hit and balance or do you customize to your customers taste?
Paul

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 11:10 pm 
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johnbo wrote:
cubswin wrote:
I'd like to know what kind of fish you like to fish for the most.


i love trout fish in the mountains and in small streams, i use to go to the little shenango 4 ft wide in some spots we use to have to sneek up to the bank or you could never catch any of the brookes....they're too smart.

i also like walleye and crappie cause they taste so good.


billiardly yours john showman



trout are a bunch of fun. And your right walleye and crappie are tasty. Had some crappie last night for dinner.

Thanks for answering the off topic question...


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 12:18 am 
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Hi, John, I'm with Steve in that I just found this thread today. I didn't read every page so if any of my questions are repeats please tell me to look it up in the thread. Here goes.

1. About 2 or 3 years back I called you, I believe I talked to your wife, about ordering a cue. I was told that you were not taking orders. Where are you at now as far as taking orders and how long is the wait?

2. I would say that my favorite cue maker of all time I Paul Mottey. I did read one post that said you were from Penn. not far from Pittsburgh and that Paul was the first cue maker you met. Did you get any instruction out of Paul on how to build a cue? And what is your opinion of Mottey cues.........although if you hate them I doubt you'd barbecue him on a public forum. hehe!!

3. It must suck to be a Steelers fan. Do you secretly root for the Bengals? (sorry, I'm originally from Cincinnati, I had to do it. hehe!!)

4. What tips do you install on your cues if the seller doesn't have a request for something specific?

5. Rodney Morris was here in Japan a few weeks back and I noticed his Showman cue has a really short ferrule. Is that standard on your cues and if so why did you decide on that? How does that affect deflection, stiffness of hit etc...

Sorry for being so long winded. Hope to see a reply.
MULLY


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 5:40 am 
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hi john, here is felix from germany and i simply love your cues, the traditional style, just everything :D
i have two questions:
1. how long is your waiting list at the present?
2. and do you require a deposit?

thank you, felix


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:52 am 
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johnbo wrote:

my shop is small and cramped at the moment 11 x 22. almost all my equipment is older than me and i really run a mickey mouse type of operation, no kidding not to many cuemakers would want build with my stuff the way it is. its is kind of hard to set things up the way you would like between the lack of funds and the family and trying to build cues. :shock: but maybe some day ... but i would not change it all for the world (my family time)

billiardly yours john showman



John:

Sounds like you have the perfect setup, with all your tools and priorities in the right place.

best wishes,
Roger


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:48 am 
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John,
I too am a member of the class of 2011 and I anxiously wait!
Over the years has the fundamental design of your cues changed much? (I don’t mean from the first cue you ever made) Is your basic design i.e. taper, balance, material… set in stone or continually evolve?
BTW, the walleye have been biting all week!
T.W.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:12 am 
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Hi John,

You've probably heard the rumors by now :lol: , gas prices are up, taxes are out of hand, the mortgage industry is in terrible shape,
home values are declining, & Taco Bell has raised their price on Tacos (that ticks me off more than the other stuff).
Now someone has said the cue market is in a slump. I don't agree. I feel now is the time to buy.

1. What are your feelings on this and why?
2. Where do you see the custom market being in say, the next five years or so?
3. Will you please email me the winning PowerBall numbers for tonight?

Thanks, wayne


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 1:13 pm 
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Cornerman wrote:
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yes although it doesn't really matter cause i haven't been in stroke since i got married :mrgreen:



I don't have any questions. I just wanted to ask you to give your wife a hug and kiss from us.

hey you keep your hands off my wife....oh you want me to hug her :mrgreen:

Regards,

Fred and Sharon


hope to see you soon.

billiardly yours john showman


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 1:20 pm 
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RoyL wrote:
Mr. Showman, first I'd like to state that your Buddy Hall "U.S. Open" cue is one of my all time favorites.

don't blame me...gus and george get all the credit, that cue was modeled after the famous bala-boti.

My question is: do you screen your customers to weed out those you deem to be commissioning one of your cues to be built, for the sole intent of immediately "flipping," for a nice profit?


it seems that between the waiting list and deposit that seems to take care of that. i would love all of my cues to be bought and played with and them collected 20yrs later....but we don't have that luxury like gus and george, etc.

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thepavlos wrote:
Hi John
Besides what you learned from Rocky, did you do the Frankenstein thing and take apart broken cues to see how they were put together or did you just do your own thing?

you can learn most things just by looking and asking questions. and you use to be able to go to the airport and look at the cues through the x-ray machines ..... some workers were very cordial especially when not busy and would scan them through all different settings....yes i did that a lot when someone wasn't available to ask not to mention just out of curiosity.

Have you ever made a phenolic joint cue?

a couple.

Would you say making cues in Florida is an advantage since you have so many pros to test drive them first?

fl was a hot bed of champions a few years ago but most have moved....but it sure is nice to have someone of incredible skill try em out.


Paul <---still thinking of more questions


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