Recollection Cues

Collectible Cues, Cases & Quality Players


Each year at the International Cue Collector Show invited cuemakers are asked to build a cue along a special theme.  In 2017 the theme was "box cues."  At the end of the show all cues are sold in a silent auction.  This cue was Pete Tonkin's entry.

The handle portion of this stick is made from Pacific Maple Burl which has been dyed and stabilized.  The nose and butt sleeve is from ebony.  For the minor windows he inlayed a Celtic knot made from Elforyn wrapping around the teal Angel Wing shell window that is wrapped in silver.  For the major windows and boxes they decided to again engrave Celtic knots.


The smaller boxes are filled with Angel Wing Shell with a teal coating.  They are wrapped in a very intricate inlay pattern that looks as though it's interwound within itself.  The Angel Wing has so much life that it's almost looks like there's a light behind it.  

The handle is divided into three segments by the same rings that are used elsewhere on the stick.  They are of pure silver and elforyn.

For veneers, he picked white and teal with black construction paper between them and put pure silver veneers on both sides.

The burl in the handle is gorgeous.  It is highly figured and has great character. One comment - cues can be tricky to photograph and sometimes they look different under bright light.  Because of the strong light used to photograph this cue, in a few of the pics the green appears greener than it is.  The picture above is a good example of the true color in the cue.

For the ringwork, he used Juma, black Phenolic and pure silver with silver diamonds.

This engraving pattern is called the Celtic Knot.  It is intricate and stunning.  It's hard to believe how much engraving is in these boxes.  It's beautiful.

He finishes this with a Juma butt cap and a Juma joint.  They serve to accentuate the overal look of the stick.

As you can see, on one side of the butt cap he has engraved "ICCS 2017 Special Collection", greatly adding to this cue's collectibility.  On the other side, he has engraved his tradition "Tonkin" logo. 

For playability, he builds this cue with a 3/8 X 10 pin in a flat joint.  It comes with two 13mm shafts with matching ringwork, with aegis ferrules and Navigator tips.  It weighs 19.1 ounces.  This cue is a whopper!