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Cue Of The Year

The Cue Of The Year Peoples Choice competition is held in Pennsylvania by the ACA (American Cuemakers Association). It is a competition where the top cue designers in the country enter their cues to be voted on by those attending the Hopkins Super Billiads Expo.  We have placed in highly since the award was established in 2008.

Shaka Zulu

Shaka Zulu inspired by Shaka Zulu of the Zulu kingdom contains 3474 inlays of ebony, ivory, copper, holly, and green box elder burl.  Centered ivory and copper inlays highlighted with green box elder burl symbolizing the growth of the Zulu kingdom comes together to form Isihlangu sheilds used only by the highest warriors.  Assegai spears of copper, ivory and ebony adorn the cue.  Copper revered by the Zulu people is highly polished surrounding black and white veneer spliced together accents the cue, bringing some of the artistic culture of the Zulu people.  This cue is complete with a matching butt extension, joint extension, matching shaft and complete joint protectors.

Designed by Brandon Jacoby and Bill Evans


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Shah Jahan

This cue is sold


Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal Emperor of India, was considered a great ruler.  He ruled during the height of the empire, The Golden Age, one of the most prosperous times for India.  He is best known for commissioning the Taj Mahal.  Out of love for his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, he created this, a great monument to her upon her death.

The Taj Mahal, a burial place for Mumtaz Mahal and later Shah Jahan as well, is widely considered a wonder of the world.  The outside of the Taj Mahal is white marble and the inside has beautiful inlay work of stone, semi precious stones and gemstones.  The Shah Jahan cue is reflective of the Tah Mahal because it was inspired by the beauty and symmetry of the awe inspiring mausoleum.

The layout of the Taj Mahal is completely symmetrical with the exception of Shah Jahan's tomb.  Although the colors change in the different sections to add interest, the cue also follows the symmetric nature of the building.

Blue Box Elder Burl was used on the forearm because the texture and color are so reminiscent of river water. The Taj was built on the bank of the river Yamuna.

Holly is the background of the inlay work because it's lily white color is reflective of the white marble of the Taj Mahal.  Within the inlay section of the cue are blue lapis, oyster, box elder burl, ebony, and angel wing shell.

The Taj Mahal took twenty years and 20,000 craftsmen...the Shah Jahan cue took an amazing group of ten and about 300 hours.  Thanks to the team!


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Midnight T

The Midnight Trellis Cue was inspired by the most beautiful and ornate Russian Faberge Eggs.  This cue features more than 3,000 maticulously placed inlays.  The enchanting elforyn trellis runs through the cue and wraps around perfect elforyn diamonds, highlighted with intricate polished pure-silver accents.  Paua Shell create the swirling aqua and green centers of each diamond.  Where the trellis intertwines we find a milky-white, luminescent mother-of-pearl highlighting the lattice crossing.  All of these fine materials are inlayed into rich, dark ebony accented with polished German silver rings.  

Runner up cue of year 2017

Sold to Justin Kent


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Ronin 2018

2018 American Cue Makers Association First Place Cue.

The Ronin is a wandering samurai without lord or master.  This cue features the inlayed face of the Japanese samurai warrior. It contains more than 3,900 pieces of ebony, holly, silver, brass, copper, abalone, and blacklip mother of pearl. The Joint and butt cap are crafted from Mokume-Gane, translated wood grain metal, a tradition blended metal often used to accent the samurai sword.  The forearm features bridged veneered points.  This masterpiece took more than 200 hours to create. The Ronin comes with 2 Ultra Shafts, Matching Joint Protectors, and custom butt and shaft extesnions with joint protectors. 

This Cue is Sold!!!!!!


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This cue was SOLD to Bernie Pavlock in Ohio.

Each year for the Cue of the Year competition, I built a cue on a hero or ruler.  This year I decided to build a cue on the King of all Kings, Jesus Christ.  I went about designing the cue to capture what Jesus as the "King of Kings" is.

The forearm is dedicated to Christ's birth.  At the top are stars, one brighter than the others, like the star that the wise men followed to find the Savior.  From the stars are beams (points) made from abalone.  These signify Jesus as the Light on a world filled with darkness.  All of this is set in Mediterranean Olive Wood, native to the region in which Jesus lived. 

The birth theme is also reflected in the handle.
The center of the cue is dedicated to Jesus's death and resurrection.  There are three crosses, remembering the Jesus was crucified among criminals.  The crosses are made from spaulted maple (wood that is itself dead and decaying).  These are inset in black ebony, again representing darkness.  Crowns of thorns (in ivory) are inlayed into the top and bottom of this section reminding us of Christ's suffering. However, the crosses are surrounded by scrolled angel wing shell signifying light and life from darkness and death. 
Above and below the section containing the crosses is scroll work in white (holly) and purple (purple heart).  The white is for Christ's purity and the purple for royalty.
When Jesus was crucified, a plaque hung above the cross stating, "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews," in Hebrew, Greek and Latin.   There are three joint protectors custom made to the cue.  Each carries the inscription from the cross in one of three languages.

Special thanks to my wife Sharon, good friends Bill Evans and Kevin Koscal who each had a part in making this cue.


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The Prince

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The Prince of Prussia was first runner up for the American Cue Makers Association Cue of the Year award in 2010.  The forearm and butt sleeve of the cue are of a highly figured piece of spaulted maple burl.  All of the white in this cue are ivory.  The ivory inlays are inlaid with alternating dots of copper and silver, a theme that carries throughout the entire cue.  The ivory inlays are also serrated throughout the cue as well.  The accenting red inlays are red coral.  The multi section wrap is an elephant ear wrap.  Although the wrap is of three pieces the texture of the leather carries through out the wrap area.  This cue has matching joint protectors and two shaft.  This cue contains 2,078 inlays. 


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This cue was SOLD to Bernie Pavlock in Ohio.

The Gladiator was named the 1st runner-up in the ACA People's Choice Cue of the Year for 2012.

The forearm and buttsleeve are high figured birdseye maple, depicting the sands of the arena. The center of the cue is red Box Elder Burl symbolizing the blood-soaked sands after battle.

There is an ebony inlay in the center of each veneered point.These are inlayed with jewlers bronze dots and ivory squares that represent the gates that lead into the arena of the colosseum. The tip of the point is done in 100% silver and resembles the tips of the gladiator's spears.

We inlaid the dates of the beginning and the end of the roman empire in the center of the cue. The discs in the center of the handle are the gladiator shields . The ivory inlays at the joint are reminicant of the columns common in Roman arcitecture. 

This cue has matching ivory joint protectors, which are not professionally pictured. We do have some pictures here at the shop if anyone is interested in seeing them. The joint protectors perfectly match the cue.  The sides of the protctors mirror the joint, completing the column.  A sheild made of silver, ivory and cocobolo is centered on the top face of each protector. 

The Gladiator cue comes with two matching Edge Hybrid shafts.


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The Pharaoh

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The Pharaoh was named the 1st runner up in the ACA People's Choice Cue of the Year for 2011.

The cue has an ivory joint.  The forearm, buttsleeve and wrap area are tiger stripe maple, which depict the sands of Egypt.  The cue has turquoise and ivory points.  The veneers on the points are jewelers bronze, and pale blue to reflect the colors in the gold mask that adorned King Tut's tomb.  The color red was also a prominent color on that mask and is used in the ring work of the cue as well as the inlays.  The abalone spearheads have jewlers bronze inlays around them to represent scarabs, which were the Egyptian talisman symbol of the soul.  The ebony sections of the wrap are engraved with hieroglyphics that translate to say Devine Power.  In the very center of the wrap is an inlay of The Eye Of Ra, the "all seeing eye" which is believed to ensure the safety and health of the bearer and provide wisdom as well as prosperity.

This cue has been sold to Jerry Lampe of Clinton Iowa.


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This Cue Is SOLD

The Montezuma was named the ACA People's Choice Cue of the Year for 2009.  This cues was designed around a Mayan Indian theme. It's forearm is of Thuya burl with copper points surrounded by ivory. It has pale turquoise spears at the top of each point. The center design is done with a pale turquoise, red coral, ivory and copper set in ebony. The Montezuma has an ivory joint and buttcap. Thank you to everyone who casted their vote!


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The Sultan

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The Sultan was named the 2008 Cue of the Year by the American Cuemakers Association. It is a birdseye maple cue with Abolone and Holly Points. There are over 1600 sterling silver inlays accenting the points. The center is Holly, Ebony, and Abalone and has an ivory joint and buttcap. The sultan took over two years to build. Thank you to everyone who casted their vote.


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 Brandon Used the Peacock for the basis of this Beautiful Jacoby Cue of the Year 2015.


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The Morrigan

2019 American Cue Makers Association First Place Cue. Inspired by one of the most mysterious fugures in Irish mythology.

The Morrigan means Phantom Queen who could shape- shift, and was described a Goddess from old Ireland that was associated with war, destinty, fate and death.

The Morrigan is made of Holly and contains 2,400 inlays of Abalone, Ebony, Silver, Elforyn, Green Veneers, and impregnated Buck Eye Burl



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