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Maker of pool cues from 1993 to present in Chicago, Illinois.
Ed Young loved the game of pool since his first experience with it. He enjoyed the action and the environment in the pool rooms, and was fascinated by seeing different cues. By the early 1990s, Ed was buying and selling collectible cues. He became friends with some of the top Chicago area cuemakers, from whom he was buying cues. Ed purchased many cues from Chicago area cuemaker Craig Petersen, and spent a fair amount of time at his shop. After Craig passed away Ed helped Craig´s mother sort out his shop. He was fascinated with the work Craig was able to do with such a small shop, which was not much more than a band saw and a lathe.
Another master cuemaker that impressed Ed was Burton Spain. Ed could not believe the complexity of Burton´s machinery, especially the machine he had for cutting and tapering shafts. David Kersenbrock told Ed that he had designed a shaft machine in the 1970s that was capable of producing high quality shafts. He also told Ed that he would show him how to make such a machine, and show him how to make cues as well. This was an offer that was too good to turn down.
Although David was still working for Omega, he started living on the weekends in Chicago with Ed and his girlfriend. David would teach Ed the art of cuemaking during his free time and on the weekends when he was in living Chicago. Ed wanted to learn more than basic cuemaking. He wanted to learn everything about cuemaking, from the techniques David used to make his own linen ferrule and joint material to building his own machines and fixtures. Ed opened his shop in 1993, and David helped him make some of the custom machinery. Ed has since learned almost everything he knows about cuemaking from David and Craig Petersen. When Omega closed in 1996, David started working with Ed full time, teaching him advanced techniques, showing him various techniques used by other cuemakers, and making cues of his own. Today, their cues for the most part are built separately from beginning to end. The rough work is shared between the two.
Ed´s early cues showed some experimentation with different construction techniques and specifications used by other cuemakers. Ed experimented with radial pins, 3/8-10 pins, Uni-Loc, stainless steel joints with 5/16-14 and 18 screws, threaded wooden dowels, and every other possible joint very early on. He used these on several of his earliest cues. Today Ed strongly prefers the 3/8-11 Kersenbrock joint screw that David designed and made so popular. He and David make the joint screws themselves out of brass, stainless steel, aluminum alloy, or titanium; depending on the desired weight of the cue. David and Ed personally hand select all of the wood they use during the many trips a year they make to purchase materials. There are no shortcuts taken, shafts are cut up to 18 times over a three-year period to insure proper drying, seasoning, and stability to prevent warpage. It is only after this long processing period that materials are selected and used in actual cue construction.
From 1993 to 1998, very few cues had identification marks. The few that were marked were all made for a few Asian customers. Some cues have Ed´s initials, the customer´s name, and date under the bumper. Ed is now working on a logo to put on every cue he makes. To those who know, Ed´s cues are identifiable from the distinctive faceted silver rings that he likes to use, though not all of his cues have these rings. He rarely does inlay work but when he does the inlays are usually hand cut. Ed usually prefers to use old school techniques for inlay work even though he has a pantograph. To date many of his cues are plain, six-, nine-, and twelve-point examples made for playability. He believes his customers appreciate the use of extreamly high-figured woods where the natural beauty of the materials are not overpowered by too many randomly cut inlays and shapes. Ed does not believe a cue has to have hundreds of thoughtless inlays to be fancy or pleasing to the critical eye.
Ed Young Custom Cues are guaranteed for life against manufacturing defects that are not the result of warpage or abuse. If you have an Ed Young cue that needs further identification or repair, or would like to order a new Ed Young cue, contact Ed Young Custom Cues, listed in the trademark index.

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