Recollection Cues

Collectible Cues, Cases & Quality Players


Here's a nice little cue from a good cuemaker that has had a little use, but is still in fine shape with lots of life left in it.  I would say it's a good entry-level cue into the world of custom cue making, and will make someone a nice everyday playing cue.  For anybody looking for a cue with a little more length, this custom built 60 inch cue may be just what you're looking for.

This stick is built along the lines of the "Southwest" style that is popular today - four points of ebony into a maple nose and a butt sleeve of matching woods, mostly ebony with some maple.  Tom Coker has been making cues in Sacramento, California at least as far back as the 90's, but recently retired, I've been told.

In recent years there's been a trend towards longer cues for taller players.  Until about the 1980s, most cues were only 57 inches.  Then, most cuemakers starting building their sticks a standard 58 inches.  Today, many are 59, and a lot of tall players order cues 60 or even 61 inches in length.  Even for averge height players, there is one distinct advantage - it makes it a bit easier to reach those shots way out on the table  (It's like you have a short extension permanently built in.  One pocket players especially find them to be advantageous.

He uses a set of pretty check rings at all traditonal locations, made of ebony squares and red veneers.  They go very nice with the red veneers in the points.

Nice woods in this cue - the ebony is nice and black, and the maple has good character.

As I said, this cue was played for a few months before I took it as a trade-in on a bigger cue.  It's still in good condition, and I believe only one shaft was used; the second one looks unplayed. 

This is a pretty cue.  The reds, blacks and yellow all come together to give it a bright, crisp look.

The veneers are really pretty - three layers of varying yellow and one layer of red.  Nice colors that really stand out.

He adds a nicely applied black linen wrap with white specks, and it looks great on this cue.

He signed and dated this under the finish when he made it in December of 2020.

Nice colors used consistently throughout the cue.

He uses the same ringwork on the ring collars of the two shafts.

He builds it with a 3/8X10 stainless steel pin in a flat faced wood to wood joint. 

One shaft has been played and shows signs of it, but it is in good shape.  The other looks to be virtually unplayed, and the original owner told me he had not played with it.

Both shafts are about 13mm, with LBM ferrules.  It weighs 19.4 ounces.  Interestingly, the shafts weigh 4.1 ounces, which tells me the shaft wood is dense and tight-grained ... a good thing.  The butt weighs 15.3 each.  I don't know what tips are on it.

I've got this cue priced to sell.  It's a nice  used custom playing cue for the price.  (It sold for $900 less than a year ago.)  It will make someone a nice everyday stick, or a second stick to carry to the bars for league play.