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CUSTOM CUES BY DALE PATTEN
Maker of pool cues from 1975 to present in Redondo Beach, California.
Dale Patten was a successful prototype machine maker in southern California when his brother-in-law, Ritchie Florence, urged him to start making cues. Dale liked to build things as a hobby, so he knew he could learn how to make cues. After studying cues by Balabushka and Szamboti, Dale developed his own design, and Ritchie Florence helped fine tune the cue´s playability. Dale learned how to do inlay work with a manual pantograph. The cues were marketed at tournaments as "Ritchie Florence" cues, by Ritchie Florence himself. In about 1980, Dale stopped making the Ritchie Florence line. He continued to custom make cues, one at a time, for individual customers. In the meantime, Dale still worked as a custom machinist and restored cars, making custom parts for them.
Although most Dale Patten cues are unmarked, they are easily identifiable to those people who know his work. He has put identification marks on cues at customers´ requests, and all of the Ritchie Florence cues were marked "R.F." on the butt caps. The 5/16-18 piloted stainless steel joint is Dale´s preference, but he has also made some cues with 5/16-18 flat-faced ivory joints. Some Dale Patten cues with points feature blanks by Gus Szamboti, while most of the other blanks with points were made by Burton Spain.
Although the two never met in person, Dale and Gus talked at length about machining techniques many times. Dale has always enjoyed designing and building the machinery for making cues, and he has built a one-of-a-kind machine specifically for tapering shafts.
Dale planned on spending more time making cues when he retired in 1997, but has been busy with other activities. He spends most of his time machining parts for 1950s era T-Birds. Dale makes a custom cue every month or two, as a hobby in his spare time.
If you have a Dale Patten cue that needs further identification or repair, or would like to talk to Dale about ordering a new Dale Patten cue, contact Dale Patten, listed in the Trademark Index.


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