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| RAVEN Custom Cues specializes in high quality handcrafted one of a kind pool cues. Custom-made two-piece cues are built to our exacting specifications. Collectible, hand made cues for pocket billiards built by a custom cuemaker with high standards and integrity. This billiards site includes pool cue images, pricing and ordering information. |
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Some Gallery Cues :Mosaic style inlays | Ivory and Burl | Ebony, Ivory, Turquoise | Ivory, Paua, Malachite
You deserve the very best pool cue!
RAVEN Custom Cues uses only legally obtained materials like elephant ivory and exotic woods to build cues. We are concerned about environmental and wildlife issues.
The very best custom made pool cue is what every serious pool player deserves. If you are the pool player think about it. Pocket billiards is your passion. Donít you deserve the best quality two piece cue stick you can afford? RAVEN Cues are built to the highest standards. RAVEN Custom Cues are featured in the 3rd Edition of the Blue Book of Pool Cues. They have a Lifelong Warranty and a Satisfaction Guarantee. They also feature the RAVEN shaft taper. "You'll be raving about your RAVEN."
Billiards Cue making has a long and rich history. It runs through legendary custom cuemakers like George Balabushka, Gus Szamboti, Burton Spain, Frank Paradise and Herman Rambow all the way back to the European craftsmen of the 1700s who first used marquetry in cuemaking. The creation of this functional art carries on with todayís master craftsmen and craftswomen.
A well made pool cue, snooker cue or billiards cue will last several lifetimes if it is cared for properly. Proper care of cue sticks along with how to choose the custom features that are appropriate for you are but two of the many different aspects of pool cues that are covered in this billiards website.
Pool cue sticks, billiards cues or snooker cues don't necessarily have to be expensive to be good. To be sure, there are some good pool cues for sale, even very good pool cues for sale, which are made by major manufacturers like Schon, Viking, Mcdermott, Joss, Predator, Meucci, and others. One of those cues, while quite playable, will always be limited in its value because it is one of hundreds or thousands of an identical model. There is nothing wrong with that, but most of us would rather have something special, something that is unique and ours alone.
A professionally made custom cue is just very different from a production pool cue. To begin with a custom billiards cue is usually built by a single craftsman. Typically it is a one-of-a-kind creation or a very limited run of a similar style. Unlike most production cues, the value of a custom made cue will often exceed its original purchase price by many times. Even though a custom cue is often more affordable than people tend to think it can be considered an investment rather than a purchase.
The inception of a custom made cue is usually something quite personal. It is most often either the cuemakerís inspiration or that of his / her client. It can be the resulting collaboration of craftsman and client that creates a unique work of functional art. That result is a pool cue that fulfills the needs and requirements of its owner and displays the talent and craftsmanship of its creator.
If you are considering a pool cue or custom cue as a gift for someone else you have made a fine choice. RAVEN Gift Certificates are available in any dollar amount. They avoid the worry of making the wrong choice and allow the recipient to choose a cue with the features he or she needs in a custom pool cue. Just click on the email link below and put the words "Gift Certificate" in the subject line.
The billiards cue vs the pool cue.
In other parts of the world and even here in the United States pool cues are sometimes referred to as billiard cues, billiards cues, pocket billiard cues, pocket billiards cues, billiards ques or billiard ques. They are really the same thing. In the US we typically distinguish the game played on a table with no pockets as either Carom Billiards or Three Cushion Billiards. Games played on tables with pockets are either pool or snooker. True billiards cues (carom or three cushion) are generally built differently than pool cues. They are often, but not always, made with threaded wooden joints. They can have overwraps and their dimensions are a bit different from pool cues. The butts tend to be stiffer and the shafts also tend to be stiff as well.
British style snooker cues are made differently too. Besides the tip diameter generally being smaller than on a pool cue, the two pieces of the break down snooker cues are not of equal length. What we in the US would call the shaft section is longer than the shaft on an American pool cue. The butt section is much shorter than on a standard American pool cue. Point construction is what we in the U.S. typically refer to as butterfly points rather than sharp pointed spliced or inlayed points most common on US made cues. British style snooker cues also have a unique feature called a 'spade'. It is a flattened area on the butt of the cue. Snooker players now use it to always align the cue the same way and to grasp it in exactly the same spot. I would be happy to build a billiards cue for a client. The same is true with an American style snooker cue. American style snooker cues are typically just a longer, thinner, lighter versions of a hustler style pool cue. Both are somewhat different than pool cues, but their basic construction is the same. British style snooker cues are a different matter. It takes a specialized cuemaker to build one. Even though I would gladly build a billiards cue there are cuemakers who specialize in billiards cues just like I specialize in pool cues.
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Even though our primary business is building high quality one of a kind pool cues we understand that many of the pool players who visit this website are casual pocket billiards players or are on a budget like most people are. Many of our Custom Cue clients have also asked about one piece pool cues, replacement shafts for cues they already have, cue cases and the various supplies and accessories that billiards players typically need. So we decided to create an Internet based Discount Pool and Billiards store to try and offer inexpensive or less expensive production cues and virtually all the other billiards supplies a person would need. We want to provide and supply an affordable alternative for all pool players. Everyone likes to get a bargain and buy things on sale. Most items are on sale and discounted 20%. Some things are not quite that cheap but with free shipping on orders over $45 there are some very good deals. Our prices often match wholesale or warehouse prices. Often our discount cuesports equipment is cheaper than items at auction.
RAVEN Custom Cues now operates a web based Discount Pool and Billiards Store for the convienence of our customers. We are an authorized dealer for Schon Pool Cues, Aramith Balls, Blaze Pool and Billiards Cues, Buffalo Cue Cases, Cue Cube, CueSight, Cuetec Pool Cues, Elephant Pool Balls, Meucci Pool Cues, Fury Billiards Cues, Joe Porper, Creative Inventions, McDermott Pool Cues, Mali Billiards Cloth, Master Billiards Chalk, Predator Pool Cues and Cases, Sardo, Sierra Custom Cues, Silver Cup Billiards Chalk, Joss Pool Cues, Simonis Billiards Cloth, Riley Snooker Cues, Smart Wipes, Sterling Cues and Cases, Tempest Billiards Cues, Lucasi Pool Cues, Action Pool Cues, Tweeten, Mezz Pool Cues, The Monk, Viking Pool Cues as well as many other name brands. Our prices often match wholesale prices.