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 #011 "Sonic Boom"



Sonic Boom is shippable within several weeks of purchase.

This could easily be the stick I pull out to keep. I’ve been in love with black cherry ever since I started burning it on a lathe making candle holders in fifth grade, never putting enough soap on the dead center to keep it from smoking when I turned up the speed to sand them. Dad’s old lathe is in my shop right now, in service as my preferred clamp for gluing sticks together. It isn’t accurate enough for more sophisticated cue work.

If you take a look you’ll see the middle section has significant portions of red rot. The wood was crumbly when I cut it — red rot is hard to find in any workable form, as the fungus tends to remove the structure from the wood. I got lucky and found a log with significant portions of red rot that hadn’t yet turned to dirt. (One part of the inside of the dead tree had been exposed so long a seedling grew out of it.)

Sonic Boom is ready to get a joint pin, be sized for a weight bolt if necessary and the rubber bumper. After that, I’ll sand the epoxy down and finish in CA glue. Along with building the shaft and all that entails. The earlier the stick is purchased, the more customizations that can occur.

Unless a customization adds a ton of work or cost, I’ll incorporate your preferences at no added cost.

Oh. The name? The top and bottom sections were cut slightly off grain, instead of parallel, so growth rings show up as offsetting semi circles. That’s how we used to write it: (((((((( BOOM )))))))))



Arrives packed in a sporty Pool Dawg hard case with a tip shaper/chalker in the pouch.



Name: Sonic Boom

Product Serial Number: #0011

Length:  59 inches

Weight: 15.8 ounce

Tip Diameter: 12.5 mm

Shaft: Carbon Fiber

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

Cue Type: Regular Play Cue

Core: Hickory tenoned into hard maple

Finish: CA Glue 

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.