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Maker of pool cues from 1994 to present in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Mike Gatzke was born and raised in Sidney, Montana. He moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico, at the age of 18. In 1994, Mike got a lathe and began doing repairs and building "sneaky petes." He eventually made his own taper bar for cutting butts and shafts. Gatzke currently has six lathes, with each one performing different functions. One is portable, allowing him to service cues for players at tournaments and on league nights.
In 2002, Mike purchased a CNC machine and taught himself how to operate it. Although he uses the CNC to design and create tighter-fitting inlays, he will still handcraft cues on request.
Gatzke has used at least five different two- and three-part car coat polyurethane finishes over the years. He is currently experimenting with UV polyester and polyurethane high-gloss finish. This allows him to be able to refinish a cue in a couple of days, as compared to weeks or months with the old finishes.
Mike only signs the cues he builds from scratch. Early cues had initials, but he feels the signature that appears on his current cues adds a more personal touch to his work.
If you are interested in talking to Mike Gatzke about a new cue or cue that needs to be repaired, you can contact him at Gatzke´s Custom Cues, listed in the Trademark Index.

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