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The Lord of the Rings Cue

This cue was the result of a year-long collaboration with Andy Gilbert and Bob Hergert, the master scrimshander.  There were a number of unique features of this cue that challenged Andy, but he met every challenge.  The scrimshaw work is that of a true scrimshaw artist, and Bob spent over two months nearly full time completing the work.  The result is a remarkable cue.

What you're viewing to the right is less than one square inch of work.  In its magnified state you can begin to appreciate the amount of detail.  This is a picture of Saruman, one of the villains of the story.  

What I like most about this cue is that all the work comes together like a complete story.  It isn't just another ivory handled cue with a bunch of sketches randomly placed to fill all the white space.  It is a well-conceived piece of art that was first designed away from the cue, and then made a part of the cue, not just thrown on.  There is a flow to the cue that synthesizes all its unique features and in the end comes across as more than just a pretty cue -- it's a work of art.
Above are two shots from opposing sides of the butt sleeve, which contains many of the evil characters and creatures from the story, including Sauron, the dark lord, Gollum, an orc, and several oliphants from the great battle scene. 

This cue was finished in 2009 and featured in Pool & Billiard Magazine in its March, 2010 issue, and has received attention from collectors around the world.  The cue was introduced at the International Cue Collector Show in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Pictured below is a shot of the entire cue, which lacks far too much detail.  

The nose of the cue contains many of the heroes of the story.  It was Bob Hergert's idea to put the heroes at the top, then the transitional scene of good triumphing over evil at the river as Galadriel turns the water into great torrents taking the shape of white horses, and then below, the evil characters all in the butt sleeve.

You can also see the first line of the poem -- "The One Ring" -- beginning on the ring at the top of the handle, with the next three lines coming on the next three rings, so you can read it as you look down the cue.  The poem is repeated in the original elvenscript around the ivory joint.

I get so excited talking about the scrimshaw in this cue that I almost forget the most important thing -- the cue itself.  Andy started with a nose and butt sleeve of Brazilian Rosewood before inlaying the six ivory points, up and down, with large wedges of ivory in between.  The handle is of three separate sections of black elephant ear (oliphant ear, for you Tolkien buffs!), and the butt cap and joint are ivory.  Even the bolt is tipped with ivory.  (These pictures show the cue with a three-piece ebony handle.  The cue is pictured here with a handle of ebony, which we have since changed to make the cue even more elaborate.)

There are six inlaid pure gold rings suspended around six of the points -- three up and three down.  My original idea was just one ring, but Andy liked the idea of having one around every other point.  In this way, as you turn the cue in your hand, you always see one ring, but only one (Actually two, I suppose -- one up, one down).  The gold rings don't show well in the pictures, but believe me, they really provide great accents to the cue. 

My concern with this cue from the beginning was that it be a great looking cue even without the scrimshaw.  Some scrimshawed cues rely almost exclusively on the scrimshaw for their beauty.  On this cue, the scrimshaw just adds to what was already a beautiful cue.

This is a great looking stick that will undoubtedly stay in collections and perhaps never be played, but yes, I have hit a few balls with it, and it hits solid, like all of Andy's cues.

PRICE:  $18,000