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Maker of pool cues from 1988 to 1993 in Woodstock, Georgia, from 1993 to 2002 in Buffalo Missouri, and from 2002 to present in Aragon, Georgia.
Chris Hightower began repairing cues in 1987. This led him into starting a cue sales and repair business, and got him the nickname "Cue Man." In 1988, Chris started modifying wood lathes into cue repair lathes and thus founded Cue Man Billiards. He set up at most of the pro tournaments in the Atlanta area, repairing and selling cues. He began building cues at that time. In 1989, Chris opened a pool room called Cue Man Billiards. In 1991, he used his cue building knowledge to develop the Cue Smith Lathe. At that point, the business really began to grow. Chris found out the drawbacks of building cues on wood and metal lathes and tried to eliminate the problems caused by using them. He has sold many hundreds of the Cue Smith Lathes and Inlay Machines since then.
Chris builds his cues with the same equipment he sells. He imports some of the highest quality exotic woods that can be found to use in his cues, and he supplies many other cue makers with their wood, as well as ivory, tooling, and other materials.
Some of Hightower Cue specialties are sterling silver stitch rings, ivory, abalone and turquoise inlays. His flat-faced 5/16 in. joint with phenolic or brass insert has given his cues a reputation for their solid feel and high action hit. He varies woods, inlay materials, and designs so that every cue he sells is a custom cue.
Chris sold his pool room in 1993, after moving to Buffalo, Missouri, where he started building lathes and cues full time. He moved his family and shop in 1999 to Goodson, Missouri, near Buffalo, and next to the church Chris ministered part time. In 2001, Chris authored the first edition of a complete "how to" cue building book entitled The Cue Building Book, From Tree to Tip to Tradeshow. In late 2002, Chris moved his family and business back to Georgia, settling in Aragon, a rural community. Today, Hightower Custom Cues and Cue Man Billiards is still a family business. Chris´ son Isreal now makes up the other half of the Hightower Custom Cue building team.
Some early Hightower cues had no identification. From 1989 to 1992, they had eight "H´s" inlaid in the joint ring. Then the cues were signed "Chightower" in the forearm. From 1994 to 2004, they have had a CH with the C going into the H in the butt plate. At present, they just have an H.
Hightower Custom Cues are guaranteed for life against manufacturing defects that are not the result of warpage or abuse. If you have a Hightower cue that needs further identification or repair, or would like to order a new cue, contact Hightower Custom Cues, listed in the Trademark Index.

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