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  • Alternatives to ash and maple?

    I admit I'm rather clueless when it comes to cues (I don't play), but I'm under the impression the only woods used for cues are ash and maple, with ash massively outnumbering maple.

    That said, and assuming I'm correct, have manufacturers ever experimented with other woods? I know that in the world of walking sticks, hawthorn is a very popular choice, but this clearly doesn't extend to cues.
    "Kryten, isn't it round about this time of year that your head goes back to the lab for retuning?"

  • #2
    many woods other than Ash and maple have been used for cue shafts over the years
    Tiger (or curly) maple and Bird's eye maple
    hickory
    Hornbeam
    pearwood
    Ramin
    greenheart
    Wenge
    oak

    I am sure there can be others. Why aren't they used now? Are they available, in good enough size and abundance; are they cheap enough when you can find them? etc.
    once played with a hornbeam cue and it was smooooth
    love to have one made now
    A friend is making himself a cue from hickory, not seen any results yet.
    Last edited by DeanH; 21st November 2017, 03:45 PM.
    Up the TSF!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by DeanH View Post
      many woods other than Ash and maple have been used for cue shafts over the years
      Tiger (or curly) maple and Bird's eye maple
      Hornbeam
      pearwood
      Ramin
      greenheart
      Wenge
      oak
      Ah, thanks.

      With the exception of oak I've not heard of any of those woods.

      Clearly none of these alternatives were a success then?
      "Kryten, isn't it round about this time of year that your head goes back to the lab for retuning?"

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      • #4
        I would not say that, as to me the hornbeam is a perfect smooth grain wood for cue shafts - but success financially - probably the thing main reason it did not become one of the "norm"

        pearwood was used a lot back in the day and has many fans even today

        I believe Ninja cues has been making some alternative-wood cues recently, hope he pops on here
        Up the TSF!

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        • #5
          Where's a Ninja when you need one...
          "I got injected with the passion for snooker" - SQ_FLYER
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          • #6
            Originally posted by the lone wolf View Post
            Where's a Ninja when you need one...
            they're around you just don't see them!
            the stealthy ones
            Up the TSF!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by DeanH View Post
              they're around you just don't see them!
              the stealthy ones
              It's night time...
              I'm sure he's out there somewhere!
              "I got injected with the passion for snooker" - SQ_FLYER
              National Snooker Expo
              25-27 October 2019
              http://nationalsnookerexpo.com

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              • #8
                We have some alternatives on our website to ash and maple that being radial laminated maple.
                In 2018 you'll see a few pro players using the radials on TV as there currently being made for two players in the top 40.
                Check them out at www.cuecreator.com

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by cambridge View Post
                  We have some alternatives on our website to ash and maple that being radial laminated maple.
                  In 2018 you'll see a few pro players using the radials on TV as there currently being made for two players in the top 40.
                  Check them out at www.cuecreator.com
                  still is ash and maple though, however you cut and paste it
                  do you use any other woods for shafts apart from these two?
                  cheers
                  Up the TSF!

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