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Maker of pool cues from 1973 to present in Pasadena, Maryland.
Richard Phillippi made his first pool cue by turning down a broomstick in his high school shop class at the age of 16. Of course, this experiment did not turn out well, but it reflected an interest that would manifest itself into a profession many years later.
At the age of 17, Richard joined the Navy, and spent the next four years traveling and playing pool. It was during this time, while stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, that Richard became friends with Luther "Wimpy" Lassiter. The two would regularly practice together in one of the local pool halls, and later, Richard made a shaft for Lassiter´s Balabushka.
Once out of the Navy, Richard went on the road playing pool, and competing in tournaments. Although he was exposed to virtually every cue available, he never found a cue that hit the way he wanted.
In 1973, at the age of 32, he married and settled in the town of Pasadena, Maryland. Working as a machinist and custom cabinetmaker, Richard started to make custom cues part time.
Phillippi cues are easily identified by Richard´s signature on the forearm, a means of identification that has been on every Phillippi cue since he started in 1973. Only if the cue has been poorly refinished will the signature be gone. Richard has constantly been improving his cues to play better and has completely re-engineered the Phillippi cue four times in the last twenty years. The 5/16-14 piloted joint is most often encountered, and a flat-face radial pin joint is also currently available. Although it is very difficult to tell the age of a Phillippi cue, Richard can tell by the construction, which may necessitate removing the wrap.
In the late 1980s, Richard started making cues full-time, and his son, Rick, started in the shop as his apprentice, and has been working full time ever since. When Richard retires, Rick will continue to make cues. Today, Rick and Richard specialize in one-of-a-kind custom cues, costing thousands of dollars. Rick got married to his new wife, Terri Phillippi, in 2005.
Phillippi cues are guaranteed against all construction defects that are not the result of warpage or abuse. If you have a Phillippi cue that needs repair, or would like to talk to Richard about the design of a one-of-a-kind custom cue, contact Phillippi Custom Cues, listed in the Trademark Index.

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