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Maker of pool cues from 1989 to present, currently in Ventura, California.
Jerry McWorter started playing pool when he was very young. He always had a fascination with cues and built his first cue in his high school wood shop class. When he finished high school, Jerry worked for another cuemaker for about three months. After this, he served a two-year mission in South Carolina for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. When he returned, Jerry worked in the concrete and excavation business with his father for a few years. In the late eighties, after the southern California real estate crash, the business slowed down considerably. Jerry was still playing pool and decided that there was a market for custom cues.
By 1989, he had made the first McWorter cue. Although the early cues are not easily identifiable, they are signed in ink under the wrap. Many were done in the "South West" style, which he still offers for his basic six-point cue. In 1990, Jerry started making cues with shafts that are completely interchangeable. From 1994 on, all cues carry the "McWorter" name and serial number engraved in white on the butt cap of his cues. In early 1996, Jerry changed to an improved bumper.
With the assistance of Brent Harding, Jerry makes between 90 and 100 custom cues per year in his shop in Ventura, California, (northwest of Los Angeles). He molds his own bumpers, makes his own screws, and makes all of the other components except for the tips. He likes to build cues to his own designs and then offer them for sale. He prefers making cues in small groups of four or five, rather than batches, to ensure the highest quality construction. Ivory ferrules and leather wraps are standard features on high-end McWorter cues. Jerry cites his friend Thomas Wayne as a major inspiration and teacher for his work with CNC-aided designs.
Jerry is well-known as a good player on the West Coast, and his wife, Jan, has played for many years on the Women´s Professional Billiard tour. Jerry´s cues have become very popular with players and collectors both in the U.S. and in Japan. Jerry travels to Japan and plays in pro tournaments there to help promote his cues. His playing experience has helped him to develop his own shaft taper, which is medium-stiff. He has exhibited at all the major cue shows in recent years. In February of 1999, Jerry won the bronze medal at the Gallery of American Cue Art. Among his innovations is a 2004 special edition of cues, featuring ivory joint pins, which he sold as a five-cue retrospective set in their own custom presentation case.
McWorter cues are guaranteed indefinitely against construction defects that are not the result of warping or abuse. If you have a McWorter cue that needs identification or repair, or would like to talk to Jerry about the design of a new custom cue, contact McWorter Cues, listed in the Trademark Index.

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