Recollection Cues

Collectible Cues, Cases & Quality Players


The late Bill Stroud built many beautiful cues, and his knack for innovation and true artistry stayed with him throughout his career as one of the top cuethiers.  This cue is a great example of his creativity.  Built for one of the "Special Collections" for the International Cue Collector Show in 2007 in Houston, this cue was his contribution to the famous  "Lone Star Collection."

Following the theme that required all entries to focus on the Lone Star state of Texas, he focused on molding two of Texas' most well-known monuments into the design of this cue - the Alamo in San Antonio and the San Jacinto Monument near Houston. along with the Texas state flag.

In his typical creative fashion, he began by using the image of the San Jacinto monument and molding it into the "points" of the cue.  One one side is the front of the monument, and on the other side, the back of the monument.  And of course, never holding back in his cues built for this special show, they are of pure white, creamy ivory, with long silver bars running the full length of the monument.

On the butt sleeve, he used the image of the Alamo.  In order to capture a fuller image, and to have room to engrave a realistic picture, he wrapped the image completely around the cue - again, all in ivory. 

Keeping in mind this cue was built in 2002, it's rather remarkable that it is still unplayed and in "new" condition.  The tips have never been chalked, the shafts show absolutely no play, and there are no dings, dents or scratches.

It may take a Texan to buy this cue, or at least a Texan at heart, but any collector of high-end Josswest cues will have a difficult time passing this one up.  It's an older cue with lots of ivory, it's extremely attractive, and best of all, it will play great, like all JWs.  This cue is highly collectible and a great player - the best of both worlds.

Bill was one of the greatest artists in the history of cuemaking.  His designs were always original and their variety was endless.  And he frequently incorporated his own engraving work into their design.  This Alamo design shows him at the height of his talent.

The ring work - based on the Texas state flag - is colorful and still tasteful.  In red (dyed maple, I believe), white (ivory) and blue (lapis) it's a creative and colorful design - very unique!

I'm always a fan of ebony cues.  I couldn't resist hitting a few balls with this one, just to see how it would play - unchalked, of course.  I wasn't surprised to find that it hit a ton - firm but soft, and just stiff enough.

He finished the handle with a nicely textured black leather wrap - the perfect addition.

The way he built the monument - by stacking individually cut pieces of ivory - is an interesting technique.  What he probably didn't know at the time was that the various layers would age at different rates and display slightly different tones of off-white.  It actually enhances the design.

As typical of all the cues he made at about this time, he engraved his JW logo in the butt cap.

It's also interesting how he wrapped the Alamo around the full circumference of the butt sleeve.  It's creative and effective.

Here are a few more pictures of the intricate detail in this work of art.  It could be displayed in a museum.

It weighs in at 19.2 ounces, and has one 13mm shaft with the matching Texas flag ringwork.  It has a long ivory ferrule and the original tip, probably a LePro.  It has a flat-faced joint built with an ivory sleeve over wood, with a steel radial pin. This joint combination is one of my favorites.

This is a "one of one" cue built by one of the greatest cuemakers of all time, and it is very, very collectible.