I received this WilleeCue on June 14th, 2007. I have always admired the designs of 60's cues made by Palmer, Buska, Szamboti and even Adam, Brunswick and RichQ. I am drawn to the Classic style, simplicity, and execution. I have wanted one as a player for several years. The problem became balancing the value of the cue with it's playability. There are some parameters I like in a playing cue- that I'm comfortable with- such as weight, balance point, etc... that would make finding the right original cue "problematic". Also, I take care of my cues, but the inevitable always happens- a chip, a drop, an accident. I'm not a collector. I play with ALL my cues regularly. Purchasing a Classic just wasn't a good idea for me....
I had already had Willee build a cue for my wife, so I was confident he could build mine to exacting specifications.
Designing this cue was fairly simple. It began with my appreciation for the forearm designs of the Palmer Model J and Model L. However, I also don't think directly "copying" a cue is the right thing to do. And, there are things about the J that I don't care for. The points are too short, the veneer colors are too earthy, the butt design is too simple, etc. I made some changes to the forearm design to suit my style- and designed the Butt entirely using Photoshop. I know I'm not the first to design this butt-sleeve, but there's only so much you can do with traditional diamonds/dots. Perhaps the Palmer Model 3 or Adam's "Ritz" cues were floating in the back of my mind...
Cue Specs: 20.00 oz, 58" & 59" shafts
Shaft-Ferrule-Tip Diameters: 12.75mm, 12.75mm, 17 1/2" pro-taper
Balance Point: 18.5" (from butt cap)
Materials: Ebony Forearm w/BEM Points- Red/Green/Blue veneers, MOP Diamonds and Dots, MOP/Aluminum Ring sets (A-B-C-D-E), White LP Butt-cap, Black LP Joint Collars, Black Irish-Linen Wrap (very tight), 3/8"-11 G-10 Joint Pin, Micarta Ferrules, Moori-Ms
Layout and Design:
I used Photoshop to design what I'd like to see in the cue. This gave the opportunity to quickly lay out several designs and easily change them. View them full-sized, and generally get a good feeling for what the final product would look like.
First, I laid out the Butt, chose the locations of the inlays. Below are several drafts.
Forearm Design Evolution:
Points and Veneers
Final Full-Cue Design: