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Maker of pool cues from 1994 to present in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Stan Hawkins and Jim Aldren met at the manufacturing engineering department of a large electronics company where both were working. They both liked to play pool and had a background in high-tech manufacturing. Jim had a woodworking hobby and often talked about cues, wood, and machining techniques. Stan had been a carpenter and was getting tired of sending cues away to be repaired. Stan bought a lathe and started doing repair work in 1991. They were both playing on the same pool league team, and started talking about making cues. In 1994 they founded Black Hawk Custom Cues, Inc.
Early Black Hawk cues were hustler cues or one-piece plain bird´s-eye maple butts. The first twenty or so that Stan made were not marked. About the next 30 cues had "SH" on the butt caps, with the following cues being unmarked. After about six months, Stan and Jim created the Black Hawk logo, which has appeared on all Black Hawk cues made since. Their focus on playability led them to develop their own very stiff taper.
Stan and Jim made almost 100 cues a year part time, while maintaining their full time engineering jobs. Most cues were custom orders made to individual specifications. Among their popular cues was a one-piece butt with no wrap, using select pieces of exotic woods. In 1999 they started building micro electronics into their cues to serialize them and identify the original owners. Stan and Jim regularly use CNC equipment in the engineering department they work at during weekdays, and installed similar equipment in their shop while making cues on weekends and weekday evenings.
In 2001 Jim Aldren sold Stan his interest in Black Hawk and started Aldren Cues. Stan continues to make Black Hawk cues. Stan guarantees the cues for life against manufacturing defects that are not the result of warpage or abuse. If you have a Black Hawk cue that needs further identification or repair, or would like to order a new Black Hawk cue, contact Stan Hawkins at Black Hawk Custom Cues, listed in the Trademark Index.
For more information, please refer to the listing for Aldren Cues.

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