I love this stick. The contrasting dark and light colors, with splashes of blue, show off the finish. The outer rings — light and dark with a single one blue — clash with the inner elements — a mess of swirling light and dark, with blue epoxy filling random gaps left in the wood stabilizing process.
Stick #5, Heaven and Hell is made of spalted and stabilized (in order of appearance, from either end): Ash, Black Cherry, Maple (blue rings), Black Cherry with 3 Beech sections in the center. The only color not natural on the stick is blue: that is from dye in the resin I treated the wood with, or mica added to the epoxy I sealed the stick with, which was retained in the larger pores.
It’s the kind of wood you can look at for hours.
Arrives packed in a sporty Pool Dawg hard case with a tip shaper/chalker in the pouch.
Name: Heaven and Hell
Product Serial Number: #0005
- 60.5 inches with purple heart shaft
- 61 inches with maple shaft
- 18.6 oz with purple heart shaft
- 18 oz with maple shaft
Woods Used: (In order) Spalted and Stabilized* Ash, Black Cherry, Maple (blue rings), Black Cherry with 3 Beech sections in the center.
Cue Type: Regular Play Cue
Core: Hickory tenoned into hard maple
Joint Type: Radius/Ball Thread 3/8″
Shaft Taper: Pro Taper
*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.