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Maker of pool cues from 1976 to 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and from 2005 to present in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Joe Barringer had an opportunity at a very early age to learn from some of the best players of the 1960s. By 1976, he was playing in top form. Joe was playing everywhere in Brooklyn, and getting a reputation as a good player.
By 1976, Joe was looking for that perfect cue. He agrees with the philosophy, "If you want something done right, you do it yourself." And so he did. He invested in an old lathe and various other woodworking tools and was turning out his first cue by late 1976. Cue production steadily improved as Joe learned techniques and acquired various materials to work with. At this time, cuemaking was more of a hobby than the business enterprise it has become today. It was, and still is, a labor of love.
Joe´s favorite cues are all natural and made entirely of wood. He has four large lathes in his shop, which he has modified to his exact specifications and each one is set up to do specific tasks with precision and accuracy. Joe has two inlay machines. Most of his inlays are still done with a pantograph, and he has two table saws, a jointer, planer, sliding compound mitre saw and other equipment for spraying.
In 2000, Joe started selling some of his fine exotic wood and hard maple to other cue builders, as well as supplying various component parts. In 2003, he opened his company, Cue Components. Cue builders from all over the world have purchased products from his website.
Joe currently only uses two style joint pins in his cues: a brass 3/8-11, and a black rolled G-10, which is a Barringer exclusive. Joe´s cues offer a hit that is hard to duplicate. Early cues have the 3/8-10 pins, and later cues have the radial pin. Today he only uses the 3/8-11 and his exclusive black G-10 pin. Beginning with 2004, both his brass 3/8-11 and his black G-10 pin sport serial numbers for authenticity, value and provenance of each cue.
Joe also builds a fine jump/break cue. He uses purpleheart and maple with a Uni-Loc joint for quick release action on the butt end, and a purpleheart shaft with a serial numbered radial pin.
Current order time for a new Barringer Cue is about three years. He is no longer taking custom orders, but is building cues to his own specifications and creativity.
If you are interested in talking to Joe Barringer about a new cue or a cue that needs to be repaired, you can contact him at Barringer Cues, listed in the Trademark Index.

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