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Maker of pool cues from 1992 to present in Boone, Iowa.
Jeff Olney started playing pool in the early 1970s at the local pool hall. The better players preferred snooker. As a young boy, he also enjoyed the challenge of snooker, watching and learning from the older players. Jeff noticed right away that the house cues were not the greatest, and at age 15, he made his first two pool cues in woodworking class.
Jeff also liked playing baseball. By the time he was 15, he had developed a strong throwing arm and a powerful pool stroke. Jeff soon began running a lot of 50-point runs at snooker and had one run of 70. The pool hall closed when Jeff was 16, but he continued playing a little.
In 1978, Jeff joined the Navy and was stationed in San Diego. He discovered the Billiard Tavern downtown. It became his favorite hangout after work and on weekends. It was a 40-table room and one of the finest in the USA. Jeff enjoyed watching players such as Erving Crane and Steve Mizerak. Jeff got tips from the city´s top players and practiced hard to take his game up a notch or two. He had a strong stroke and became known as the "Gunner."
Jeff began looking for the perfect playing cue. He bought some collectable custom cues also. Jeff was a mechanical engineer in the Navy, and sometimes worked in tolerances into the 1-10 thousands of an inch. He was aware that some cues had too much flex in the shaft and others not enough. He realized the butt, joint, ferrule and tip were very important parts of the cue, but it was the shaft that was the main factor in the playability. Jeff uses a gradual taper of .002 of an inch for the first 14 inches, providing good action with maximum accuracy and a smooth feel.
Jeff´s game was at its best from 1988 to 1991. He played in tournaments and made cues at the same time. In 1992, he got out of the Navy and started making cues full time. He started getting orders from all over the world from his website and is busy as ever in his one-man shop.
Jeff makes his cues one at a time. Custom orders can take years. He makes all his own parts, except for the tips and bumpers. Jeff likes to make 6-point cues but also makes 4-, 5-, 8-, 10-, 12-, and even one 16-point splice cue.
If you are interested in talking to Jeff Olney about a new cue or cue that needs to be repaired, you can contact him at Olney Custom Cues, listed in the Trademark Index.

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