Some sticks seem stunning because of what you do with them. The truth is, that’s you, not the stick. You know what you’re doing and could take the table shooting with a chalked-up broom handle.

But lay a Character Cue on the felt while you’re racking and the shooter who’s won the last fifteen games is going to fear the next.

That’s the stick. That ain’t you.

A stick with game always speaks English.

A stick with game always has a seven-rail solution brewing.

A stick with game quivers in the bag like a sleeping wolf, dreaming of the kill.

Live or die, a game stick is a fighter.

It doesn’t quit.

It says, I like your bruises and bad mood. I’m in one too. Let’s kick ass.

Get yourself a game stick.

Get a Character Cue.

Stick #033 The Fires of Purple Flames




My 7 year old niece Sammi came up with the design on this one. She suggested cutting a stunning piece of orange/blue beech into pieces and I didn’t want to do it. But then I realized the neutral-colored wood between the orange parts would expand their width and add mystery. The green?

I dunno. All part of the mystery of the Fires of Purple Flames.

But I like it!




Name: Stick 33

Product Serial Number: #0033

Length:  58 3/4 inches

Weight: 19.4 – 20.4 oz. (will accept 1 oz. weight bolt)

Tip Diameter: 12.7 mm

Shaft: Birch and purple heart matching shafts are prepared. Other shaft woods will add a two-day delay before shipping.

Woods Used: (In order) Spalted and Stabilized* Beech.

Cue Type: Regular Play Cue

Core: Hickory tenoned into hard maple

Finish: Gloss

Joint Type: Radius/Ball Thread 3/8″

Shaft Taper: Pro Taper 

Warranty: Lifetime



*The stunning grain patterns and markings you see come from the wood being spalted, which means, rotten. Rotten wood is weak and unsuitable for building pool cues. But spalted wood that has been stabilized is another matter. Stabilized wood has been dried, placed in a vacuum, impregnated with resin, and cured in an oven until the resin hardens. The resulting wood is strong and durable enough to easily provide the strength required for a cue.

The wood comes from the woods around me in western PA.