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Maker of pool cues from 1992 to 1996 as Danbuilt Custom Cues, and from 1996 to present as Dishaw Custom Cues, in Syracuse, New York.
Dan Dishaw grew up close to a pool hall, with a father who was a good player. Dan started playing at a very early age. He continued to play pool through college, where he majored in biochemistry and math. Dan also was involved in music, and he played several instruments. Right out of college, he did some construction work, restoring old hotels in Buffalo. Soon he was working as a pattern maker, making full-size wood models for castings, and making custom cabinets as a hobby. One day, he repaired a guitar of his, and decided to start doing some instrument repairs. Before long, he was doing all the repairs for three local music stores, specializing in wood stringed instruments. He enjoyed working with musical instruments, so when one of the music stores went out of business, he decided to open his own store. Dan´s 25 years in building and restoring vintage stringed instruments has given him the ability to select and work with woods from all over the world.
In the late 1980s, Dan bought a small company that made flight cases for musical instruments and called it Danbuilt. As a pool player, Dan saw the need for a heavy-duty flight case for pool cues, so Danbuilt started making them. He put a pool table in his shop in the early 1990s, and began playing more. When he had a cue repaired, he was disappointed with the job because he knew he could do better. So, he bought an old lathe and started doing cue repairs as a hobby. In 1992, he made his first three cues. As a result of showing these cues, Dan got orders for well over two dozen more. Today, Dan´s cues are sold worldwide.
Early Danbuilt cues are easily recognizable by the Danbuilt logo on the butt cap. In the summer of 1996, Dan started signing his cues "Dishaw" on the forearm instead, and renamed his cue company Dishaw Custom Cues, to avoid confusion with his case company. Early cues were fairly plain, but the more recent cues may feature overlapping points and elaborate inlay work. He believes that his experience with wood musical instruments gives him a different approach to cue construction.
Dan is a member of the American Cuemakers Association, and in 1997 was appointed the Vice President. He now serves as President of the ACA, after having been elected by the Board of Directors in September of 2000. Dan serves on a number of committees.
Dishaw Custom Cues is one of the founding members of the American Billiard Manufacturers Association, and is also a member of the Billiard Congress of American, and exhibits at all BCA trade shows. In April of 2003, Dan was elected to the BCA Board of Directors, where he also serves on several committees.
Dan is a participating cue artist at the prestigious Gallery of American Cue Art, held at the New York City Athletic Club. He also shows at the International Cue Collectors Show. He has just been voted President of the Academy of American Cue Art for 2005-06.
Dan makes about 100 cues a year in the shop he has built under his music store. Dishaw Custom cues are indefinitely guaranteed against construction defects that are not the result of warpage or abuse. If you have a Danbuilt cue that needs further identification or repair, or would like to talk to Dan about ordering a new cue or receiving a free color brochure, contact Dishaw Custom Cues, listed in the Trademark Index.

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