Recollection Cues

Collectible Cues, Cases & Quality Players


Here's a pretty cue from the shop of Mike Durbin, a merry widow design made from Australian Sugarwood.  It's an unusual wood - the first time I've seen a cue made from it.

Mike's cues are notoriously difficult to obtain.  He doesn't make that many, being a full-time farmer in addition to a cue maker.  Plus, they have an extremely strong reputation with knowledgable players.  Many top players play with his cues.

This is a relatively simple design, which helps keep the price low, but is still a very attractive stick.  The sugarwood is a pleasant honey color, with nice natural marbling.  No inlays, but some really classy rings made from silver rectangles and ebony.

To add to the overall classy look, he adds a butt cap and joint of white elforyn.  It's a nice looking cue that makes an "all business" statement.

He uses the ring pattern above the butt cap, at the joint, and on the ring collars of the shafts.

There's really not a lot that needs to be said about this stick. It's simple good looks and Mike's reputation as an outstanding maker of good-playing cues tell the story.

As usual, he engraves his name/logo in the white butt cap.  Also, as he does regularly now, he builds in a receiver bolt in butt that can accept an extension if the owner wants to add one later.

He builds it with his usual 3/8 X 11 stainless steel bolt, in a flat-faced configuration.  It comes with two of his premium maple shafts (13mm) with a modified pro taper, built with elforyn ferrules and LePro tips.  It weighs 19.0 ounces and is 58 inches long. (Mike has about a two-year wait list for new orders on custom cues, so his cues always sell fast!)