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 #005 “Heaven and Hell”



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

Finish: CA

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.