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Maker of pool cues from 1970 to present in Leavenworth, Washington.
David Tice started playing pool as a kid. As an adult, he went through many different cues, but was never able to find one he was totally satisfied with. David went to the University of Washington, where he earned his degree in electrical engineering. After school, he landed a job with Intel as a design engineer. In his spare time, he set out to make the perfect pool cue, completing his first cue in 1970.
For the next 20 years, David made cues off and on at the rate of about one per month, constantly experimenting with different designs and construction techniques. He dreamed of making cues full-time for years, and in 1990, he left Intel to do so. David now makes about 20 cues per year in his one-man shop. He makes everything except for the tips, bumpers, and screws, and all work is done by hand without the aid of CNC. David also holds several patents, including one for a golf club.
David Tice cues feature traditional designs, and he prefers simple cues that stress playability. Although David Tice cues are unmarked, they are easily recognizable to those who know his work. They can be identified by his fancy trim rings with small intricate inlays. David refuses to use ivory or elk horn in his cues because he is opposed to poaching, and he believes there are superior synthetics available. David specializes in making one-of-a-kind custom cues to the design and specifications of the specific customer. Lengths, weights, diameters, handle dimensions, joint types, point and inlay designs, etc. can all be tailored to the customer. David has developed a computer modeling program that allows him to input all of these specifications, and he can weigh and balance the cue using the normal construction materials. If a Tice cue has points it will have no less than six. David likes to make 12-point cues and has put as many as 80 two-layered points in a cue.
In 1997 he started using wood stabilizer on all his shafts to virtually eliminate shaft warpage due to environmental variables. David has developed a pendulum mechanism that tests each individual shaft for deflection. It hangs from a ceiling over a table and hits shots with accuracy to within one twentieth of an inch. He used the knowledge from years of experimenting with this device to develop a new low-deflection shaft in 1999. According to his own tests, it is as accurate as any modern low-deflection shaft he has tried. David now likes to make laminated shafts and handles for his cues, which he started doing in 2004.
Dave Tice cues are guaranteed indefinitely against construction defects that are not the result of warpage or abuse. If you have a David Tice cue that needs further identification or repair, or would like to talk to David about ordering a new custom cue, contact David Tice Custom Cues, listed in the Trademark Index.

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