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CRAIG PETERSEN
Maker of pool cues from the early sixties to 1992 in the Chicago, Illinois area.
Craig Petersen started making cues as a teenager around 1963. He had learned to play pool at the YMCA in Evanston, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. He soon became fascinated with cues, and started doing repairs in a local pool room. Soon, he had a full service shop in that room, but later ended up working in the cue department at Brunswick.
In 1967, Craig got married and moved to California. He was away from cuemaking for the next eight years, returning to Chicago in 1975. For the next ten years, Craig worked off and on for some of the top Chicago area cuemakers.
In 1985, he opened a shop of his own in Bartlett, Illinois. This shop relocated to Addison, Illinois in 1988, and to Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1990. Craig died unexpectedly in 1992, at the age of 46, having made less than one thousand cues. At the time of his death, Craig was in the process of completing his first five-point cue.
Today, Craig Petersen cues are sought after by cue collectors around the world. Later cues are easily identifiable by a "C.P." logo on their butt caps. Craig was famous for extremely sharp and even points. Also, he had a talent for getting inlays, rings, and points to line up perfectly. This was amazing, considering that all work was done by hand with very little equipment. Cues with piloted joints have very thick joints, usually of stainless steel, with very thin pilots.
Craig was a very influential cuemaker whose designs bridged the gap between traditional cues and cutting edge contemporary inlay patterns. Craig´s design and construction influence can be seen in many of today´s cues and he had a profound direct influence on the early work of Joe Gold of Cognoscenti Cues because of his having trained Joe in the late 1980s.
If you have a Craig Petersen cue that needs further identification or repair, contact Deno Andrews in the Buy, Sell, Trade Index, or Joe Gold of Cognoscenti Cues, listed in the Trademark Index.


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