Recollection Cues

Collectible Cues, Cases & Quality Players

BOB OWEN
SPALDED HICKORY BURL
FANCY BOX CUE

For some time now, Bob Owen has been making beautiful, extremely well constructed cues.  This one, however, is one of the fanciest cues he's made.  It's a gorgeous spalded hickory burl cue with lots of mitered boxes and a two piece desert ironwood handle.  And it's a masterpiece.

There is a total of eight windows (or boxes), each with a centerpiece of desert ironwood, and each outlined in five layers of veneer - black, white, ironwood, white and black. The veneers are very distinct due to his use of black construction paper between the veneers.  In the center panel of each is a complicated inlay pattern of white elforyn and Paui shell abalone.  As you study the cue a bit, you realize that the inlay pattern in the windows is the same as in the rings, just turned longways and in bigger scale.

The first thing that jumps to your attention when seeing this stick is the beauty of the spalded hickory burl.  I hope the pictures do it justice, because there are no words to really express how pretty it is.  It is fully grained - to say the least - and it shows remarkable figure.

I've included a lot of pictures of this stick.  First, because there's a lot to show, and second, because it's so pretty I just couldn't stop taking pictures.

Another thing to call to your attention is the quality and quantity of the ring work in this cue.  These are not simply slot rings that are made in quantity by making a long dowel and then taking off slices for rings.  Each of these is made individually and hand inlaid.  There is a ton of work in them, and remember there are ELEVEN sets in this cue, including the joint protectors and shafts.  The results of all this effort, however, make it all worthwhile.  (Typically, cuemakers will partially price their cues by charging $150-200 per ring when they are this fancy.)

Another thing important to point out about Bob's work - and on this cue in particular - is the preciseness of his miter work.  It is as good as it gets, and I don't care who someone tries to compare him to.  When I got this cue, at first I thought some of the boxes may have been one box inlaid onto the top of another.  I simply couldn't see the cuts at the corners.  I had to take a magnifying glass to see them, and still couldn't find a lot of them.  This is miter work at its best.

As the pictures show, this cue has a two piece handle of desert ironwood.  The two pieces are separated by an extra ring.  This darker wood is a great contrast to the lighter wood in the butt sleeve and the forearm.




The desert ironwood also has nice grain.




There is really remarkable figure in this spalded hickory burl.  It's one of the advantages of Bob doing his own wood stabilization.

He builds this one with an elforyn butt cap and joint.  The white is a nice contrast and really adds to the final "look" of the cue.

Of course, the most important thing about any cue is how it hits.  I think all of Bob's cues hit good, and this one is no exception.  It has a nice solid and quiet hit, and is fairly stiff.  It plays very well.





As usual, he signs and dates the cue in a subtle way under the finish.  

Also, as usual with Bob's nicer cues, he builds a gorgeous set of joint protectors.  In these, he uses elforyn, spalded hickory and ebony - along with the fancy ring - to make a set that not only match the cue, but actually really add to the presentation of the cue.  Each one is engraved, one with his logo, and the other two differentiating the shafts.

He builds this with a 3/8 X 11 G10 resin pin, which is more durable than steel, and adds a certain "feel" to the hit that is hard to describe, but is definitely there.  It weighs 19.0 ounces, and comes with two 13mm shafts with Juma ferrules and Moori medium tips.  

This is a great playing cue that has an appearance that "wows" everyone who sees it.  The work is meticulous, and there is a lot of it.  I think this cue is a bargain at ...

PRICE:  $4800 plus shipping