Recollection Cues

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Here is another "golden oldie" - a vintage creation from Bill Stroud.  Built in 1988, I found this cue in a private collecton.  It is still unplayed and in "new' condition.  It is about as mint as a cue of this age can be - still unplayed and even unchalked.

Having been a player, and then a collector, for many years before I got into the cue business, I always followed and admired the work of Bill Stroud.  He was perhaps the greatest innovator in the industry, and his magnificent designs seemed to be endless.  Bill passed away recently, and although he had been retired from cuemaking for several years, the industry lost one of its all-time greats. And of course, there will never be any more Josswest cues. 

I can remember seeing this cue in the early 90s in the pictures of John Wright, the first national cue dealer.  Now, nearly 30 years later, I bought this cue from the original buyer all those years ago, and it is on the market again.  

I always loved this design.  Loved it 30 years ago and still do.  It's a design that can be considered a "native American",  but not necessarily so.  If you're looking for a native-American design, that's the way you'll see it.  If not, you might not make that connection.  Either way, it's a gorgeous, bold design that jumps out at you across the room.

It is a stained maple cue.  In the nose are long pure ivory points with pink ivorywood ovals tied togeter with inlays of ebony.  The butt sleeve is also maple, circled with ebony ovals that are inlaid with ivorywood ovals, and finally ivory diamonds inlaid in the middle of those.  Then, all of that is framed between two complex ring sets.  It's a terrific design.

I'm not going to try and describe the ring pattern he uses, as it is pretty complex.  The pictures do a better job than I can do. As with most of his higher end cues at the time, he used what he called "ivory implex" for the butt cap.  It's not real ivory, but is difficult to distinquish from the real thing.

As typical with many of the cues of that time, this one has the handle wrapped with Irish linen.  It's white with black speckles.

One of the best things about JW cues was their playability.  Stroud was an excellent player and knew how to make cues that hit well.

There is nothing timid about this cue.  It is a bold design, and looks like it was made to take care of business.

This pattern around the base of the points is really clever.  It almost looks like it was built in one piece and then stretched over the cue and popped into place.  The inlay work is so good that it's difficult to see that it's a series of highly coordinated inlays.

The veneer colors are perfect on this cue and tie into the other colors in the cue perfectly.  They are black, red and black.

He uses the ring pattern again at the joint and on the ring collars of the shafts.

A few more pics of this beautifully designed cue.

This one was made at a time when Stroud was still putting his slanted JW logo on his cues, with the date it was built.

He built this cue with a piloted stainless steel joint with a 5/16X14 pin.  It was the industry standard at the time, and is still a timeless design that insures a secure shaft and a good hit.

It comes with the two original (unplayed) shafts of old-school tight grained maple with ivory ferrules and the original tips.  It weighs 19.6 ounces. 
This cue is a rare find.  Stroud's cues have greatly increased in value, and will probably continue to do so.  They are about as good an investment as you can find in the cue world.