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Maker of pool cues from 1987 to present in Orange Park, Florida, a suburb of Jacksonville.
Dale Perry began playing pool in high school. He became more involved in the game while pursuing a bachelor´s degree in business administration, with an emphasis in accounting, at the University of North Florida. After graduation, Dale went into the banking field, working eight years as an auditor before becoming chief financial officer at a small Florida bank. Dale enjoyed woodworking as a hobby, and since he liked playing pool, he did cue repairs for several years. While still in the banking industry, Dale began making his own cues.
After becoming a CFO, Dale decided that banking was not for him and he began preparing to make cues full time. In 1990, he began marketing his cues nationwide, and made about 100 cues. In 1991, Dale built his state-of-the-art cuemaking shop. He purchased the finest, most modern equipment to suit his cuemaking needs. Although early cues were simple, and made entirely by hand, Dale now had the CNC capability to create limitless designs, leading to the unique look that DP cues have today. Strong geometric patterns against solid backgrounds are the most common themes. Dale prefers less "busy-looking" cues, so instead of filling a cue with many small inlays, he will start with a large pattern, and inlay the same pattern concentrically with many different materials. These patterns usually appear on the forearm and butt sleeve, being symmetrical except for length and width from the wrap. Although Dale has used the radial pin since 2003, standard joints such as 5/16-14, 3/8-10, or the Uni-Loc, which was his standard joint before 2003, are available at no extra charge. A gold leaf certificate is included with the purchase of any DP Custom cue.
Dale is proud that he is self-taught, never having worked with or for another cuemaker. Although the look is different, very little has changed in the specifications of DP cues since the first one was made. Dale did all work himself until 1997, when he hired craftsman and long-time friend Brian Mullins to help make cues. Now Brian is Dale´s "right-hand man" in the two-man DP shop. They make everything except the joint pins and the rubber bumpers. In June of 1998, DP Custom Cues opened a new cuemaking facility, increasing the shop size from 900 square feet to 3,000 square feet. Dale maintains an extensive collection of hardwoods and other exotic materials, to which he is always adding new varieties.
Today Dale and Brian specialize in creating one-of-a-kind cues and limited editions of three cues, all of which are signed and numbered. They still make examples from the line that was available in 1999 as custom orders because those cues are so popular. Dale and Brian will be introducing a line of "Private Stock" cues which will be numbered "PS1" and up.
DP cues are easily recognizable by the DP logo on the butt cap, which has appeared on every cue Dale has ever made. On one-of-a- kind cues and limited edition cues, the number, and number of cues made of that design appears with the signature. For example, the identification on a one-of-a-kind example will appear "1 of 1". At times, 25 cues have been made of each limited edition original design. Now all DP cues are signed and numbered.
Dale guarantees DP cues indefinitely against manufacturing defects that are not the result of warpage or abuse. A DP Custom Cues catalog is available by sending a request with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. If you would like a catalog, have a DP cue that needs repair, or would like to talk to Dale about purchasing a new DP cue, please contact DP Custom Cues, listed in the Trademark Index.

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