Recollection Cues

Collectible Cues, Cases & Quality Players


The late Bill Stroud was one of the true innovators in modern cue building.  Not only did he develop key engineering advances in cue construction, being the first to do many things that are routinely done today, he had an artist's eye and developed new designs that still attract attention today.  This cue is very typical of the work he was doing in the early to late '90s.

This is an eight-point design with four long and four short ebony points into a stained maple nose, with a fancy ebony butt sleeve with lots of inlay work.  The cue does not have a date on it, but I happen to have all of John Wright's old pictures when he was an exclusive JW dealer, and this cue appears on his pics in 1999, still new, at a price of $3095!)

Each of the ebony points is tipped with an ebony spearhead, inlaid with an ivory spear.  Each of the long points has a large ivory diamond inlaid at the base.  At the intersection of the bases of the points, he inlays a small maple dot, and below a simple rings of maple dashes.

The butt sleeve is very complex for the time period this cue was built.  It's an elaborate pattern consisting of many ivory diamonds, some of which are inlaid into an underlying diamond of maple.  Above and below this pattern he repeats the simple maple dash ring.  The picture below shows the complex detail in this sleeve.

At the joint he uses a more complex ring pattern.  It's built from small squares of ivory, framed with two thin rings of ivory.  It's repeated on the ring collars of the shafts.

In my mind, one of the nicest features of this cue is the kid leather black wrap.  This is my all-time favorite wrap.  It's soft, supple, and always looks great.  Nothing else feels like kid leather.

Stroud often built cues with ivory butt caps, but more often used something he called "ivory implex."  It's often difficult to tell the difference.  However, I'm pretty sure this is the faux ivory, not the real thing.

He built this one with a piloted solid stainless steel joint, with a 5/16X14 pin, as was his tradition at the time.  (He later moved to bigger pins, often flat faced, including radials.)

I am not the original owner of this cue, so I don't know all the details of its history.  It is in excellent condition, and I'm tempted to say it is unplayed.  One shaft shows no sign of play, and the other may not have been played, or at a minimum it has been cleaned so well it looks new.  I'll just leave the subject by saying it is in excellent condition. The butt has no dings, scratches or other blemishes.  The finish is also in excellent condition.

One thing I need to point out is that I believe one of the shafts is perhaps not original.  It could have been made by Stroud, but if so, it was probably made at a different time.  Or, it could have been made by another cuemaker.  I say this because close examination shows the rings are not exactly the same.  You have to look closely to see the difference, but they are not identical.  If both were made by Stroud, one was likely made at a different time.  Not a big deal, but I felt I needed to point it out.  (I know from the old Wright photos that the cue was originally made with two shafts.)

This cue weighs 19.2 oz with one shaft, 19.4 with the other.  One shaft is 12.9mm, the other is 13mm.  I had to test hit this cue, out of curiousity, and it hits terrific - Josswest at its best!