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Maker of pool cues from 1969 to present in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Mike Johnson was born in New York, but he grew up traveling around the country. His father was an architect who worked on projects all over the United States. He also was an excellent straight pool player and taught Mike how to play when he was a young boy. One year, Mike got a pool cue as a birthday present. While playing with it one night, the cue broke into pieces. Mike was fascinated with the way the points were constructed, and he knew then that he wanted to make cues someday. Mike continued to play pool, and he started doing cue repairs and experimenting with basic construction in the late sixties. Although he got some advice from another maker, he was basically self taught. Later, he liked the way cues by Gus Szamboti played, and he bought two of them in the seventies. After this, Szamboti cues were Mike´s benchmark.
Mike´s ancestors were Swedish immigrants that made custom furniture. When they arrived in the United States, like many other immigrants, their name was changed. Mike named his cues after the original family name, "Jensen," in honor of the woodworking tradition they started, which he was about to carry on.
Mike started making Jensen cues in 1969, going full-time in 1985, when he retired from the nuclear plant he worked at in St. Francisville, Louisiana (near Baton Rouge).
Today, Mike makes under 200 cues a year in his one-man shop in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mike has been making more high-end cues with more complex inlays. Jensen cues made since 2003 are marked with "Jensen" and the year of completion. Although many early Jensen cues have no exterior markings, many have "Jensen" and the year of completion under the wrap. Early Jenson cues with "JC" on the Delrin butt caps are easy to identify. Mike prefers traditional designs, making spliced points, doing all inlay work by hand, and finishing the cues with lacquer as opposed to modern synthetics. He believes that playability and durability are the most important aspects of a fine cue. Most Jensen cues feature 5/16-14 piloted stainless steel joints, but Mike will make any style joint the customer prefers. Mike is well-known for his repair work, especially for fixing broken high-end custom cues that others have given up on. Jensen cues are guaranteed indefinitely against construction defects that are not the result of warpage or abuse. If you have a Jensen cue that needs further identification or repair, or would like to talk to Mike about ordering a new Jensen cue, contact Jensen Custom Cues, listed in the Trademark Index.

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