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Maker of pool cues from 1964 to 1975 and 2005 to present in Chicago, Illinois.
John Davis has been a tool and die maker for most of his career. Following high school, John entered the tool and die field as an apprentice and has worked his way up to Shop Lead Man at Finzer Roller in Chicago, Illinois. John had a number of hobbies back then, one of which was pocket billiards. In the early 1960s, John visited Burton Spain´s shop to have his Hoppe cue repaired. The two hit it off and soon began a partnership that would span many years. With John´s knowledge of machinery and Burt´s experience in woodworking, the two of them made a great team. John built many of the custom machines and fixtures used in their cuemaking process. Together the two turned out beautiful handmade custom cues and supplied blanks to many of the world´s top cuemakers, including George Balabushka. In 1970 Burton Spain took a break from cuemaking to fix up some Greystone houses he and his father had bought. John purchased the business from Burton Spain and continued on his own until 1974. During that time, John continued to build blanks for cuemakers while concurrently building his own cues. In addition to cuemaking, John had a full-time job and a new family, all of which took a toll on him. As a result, John sold the cuemaking business back to Burton Spain in 1974. Although John stuck to his full-time job as a tool and die maker, he and Burton stayed friends and golf partners until Burt´s untimely death. For the next 30 years, John separated himself from cuemaking but never completely abandoned the notion of returning to the craft he loved. In 2004, John decided to get back into cuemaking and started to build his new cue shop from scratch. Some of the pieces of equipment John set up were the very machines he used back in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Several of the machines were acquired from Joel Hercek, who was retooling his shop and sold many of the items back to John, including a shaft machine John and Burton had built in the 1960s. The future looks bright for John Davis. He is starting back up where he left off and already has a following for his traditional cues with timeless designs.
If you are interested in talking to John Davis about a new cue or cue that needs to be repaired, you can contact him at John Davis Cues, listed in the Trademark Index.

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