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Maker of pool cues from 1989 in Sherbrooke, Canada, to present in Quebec, Canada.
Layani Cues first began with Alain Gendron in 1988. As a fine woodworker and a true lover of pool and snooker, he shifted his interest and talent toward the making of cues. With the help of pro players, he developed a cue with a distinctive feel and energy transfer. Alain met Thierry Layani in 1996. Thierry was working as a philosophy professor in a Montreal college, but was also a pool player. In 2001, they decided to join efforts and build cues based on their extensive knowledge and research.
Their first innovation, and what is now the signature of cues, is what they call the conical joint. The conical tapered joint was invented and patented by Alain in 1996. The idea behind this new joint configuration was to increase the surface area of contact between the shaft and the butt, and to provide a radial consistency that no other type of joint could provide. Indeed, the conical joint provides a hit that is solid, quiet and smooth.
To joint the forearm to the handle in the butt section, they also use a cone. This one is done in maple because of its vibratory characteristics. These construction elements have an impact on the way the cue feels and plays. Layani cues have a distinctive hit.
Cuemaking is a challenge similar to making a musical instrument for Alain and Thierry. They believe that the performance of a pool player is mostly determined by the pleasure provided by the use of his cue. For them, cuemaking is not only a matter of knowledge and techniques, it mostly requires imagination and intuition.
If you are interested in talking to Alain Gendron and Thierry Layani about a new cue or cue that needs to be repaired, you can contact them at Layani Cues, listed in the Trademark Index.

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