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Maker of pool cues from 1987 to present in Spokane, Washington.
James Wough grew up in Los Angeles, California. After returning from four tours in Vietnam, he headed up to Montana. Four years later, in 1974, James moved to Spokane, Washington. He started to play pool as a means of entertainment. With a lathe at home and a woodworking hobby, he naturally did his own cue repair. After a stroke in 1987, he started making cues as part of his rehabilitation.
With little equipment and no desire to buy blanks, James has always made very simple cues without points, except for a few hustler cues. Although his early hustlers were made from scratch, he eventually settled on cutting nice one-piece cues in half. All inlays were done entirely by hand until the summer of 1996, when he got his first manual pantograph. He refuses to use ivory on his cues. He prefers to use an oil finish, but he usually uses a spray lacquer, as his customers seem to prefer a higher gloss finish. James specializes in custom making cues to suit the specifications of the player. Cue Master cues tend to be balanced a little further forward than most cues.
James offers a money back guarantee on new cues if the customer is unhappy. James used to make custom Cue Master cues, on which he tried to keep the price under $300. After retiring from his job running a tennis racket company in 1998, James stopped making custom cues so he could devote more time creating websites and running his own website, He now makes hustler cues only, from scratch, making full splices with bocote or rosewood butts. He tries to match the grain in the shaft wood to the butt of the cue, making the joint even less conspicuous. Aside from making cues, James also designs web sites for Internet advertisers, with an emphasis on the billiards industry.
If you have a Cue Master cue that needs further identification or repair, or would like to talk to James about ordering a new cue, contact Cue Master, listed in the Trademark Index.

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