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Maker of pool cues from 1988 to present in Pleasant Hill, California.
Richard Chudy began playing pool while studying painting and sculpture at Wayne State University, in Detroit, Michigan. While there, he got a job at a billiard supply company, where he specialized in table repair. The company had always repaired cues and, in 1972, they started making them. They gradually went from putting joints in Titlists and adding Burton Spain components to making their own butts and shafts. Richard was active in the development of their cuemaking operation, and continued to make cues with the company for local pool and billiard players until 1977. During this time, he was also showing his art at local galleries.
In 1977, he was offered a position at a family business in northern California. Richard and his wife had visited the area before and knew they wanted to live there, so he accepted immediately. After moving, Richard continued painting, sculpture, and playing pool. By the mid-eighties, he was doing some table and cue repairs and started to accumulate cuemaking equipment. Around 1988, Richard made his first cue in California, and he found that cuemaking was an outlet for his artistic expression.
Early Richard Chudy cues are identifiable by a 5/16-18 flat face joint with a black Delrin or brass insert in the shaft and a French polish finish. Very early cues were all hustler cues, or cues with solid forearms. In 1990, Richard changed to a new 3/8-10 stainless steel joint. He developed a new technique for treating the wood threads in the shaft so they were deeper and made more surface contact with the joint screw than traditional shafts. At the 1993 A.C.A. show in Baltimore, Richard introduced the current "RC3" logo which then appeared on the butt caps, and moved to within the points in 1996. In 1994, Richard further improved his joint with a custom-made modified 3/8 in. flat trough screw with even more wood contact than before, and created textured joints and rings a year later. In 1997, a G-10 glass epoxy joint pin became an option, and he introduced twisted wire work into his work for the "Gallery of American Cue Art." In 1998 Richard was one of a handful of cuemakers invited to make a cue for a 1999 exhibit at the Smithsonian. In 2000 Richard started coring the butt sections with a conical tapered solid maple rod which the joint and butt cap are threaded onto. All other parts are threaded as well.
In 2001 he started constructing his cues with inlaid points instead of short spliced points. In 2003 Richard changed his ring design. The first ring design, which was produced from 1995 to 2000, was a 12-segment, 1/8 in. long design. The rings matched the veneers on the points. From 2000 through 2003 the veneer matching ring became a standardized sterling silver 12-segment design that evolved into a 24-segment sterling silver ring from 2003 to present. In 2005, Richard started using a carbon fiber joint pin.
He is currently a member of the board of the American Cuemakers Association, a position he was elected to in 1996. Richard makes less than 100 cues per year in his one-man shop. He makes every component of his cues except for the tips, bumpers, and screws, which are custom made to his specifications. Ferrules are capped and threaded for playability, which is the primary concern with Richard Chudy cues. Richard avoids plastics and acrylics, choosing to use only linen phenolics and micartas in conjunction with hardwoods. He uses his painting background to artistically combine the colored woods that are commonly used in Richard Chudy cues.
Richard estimates that half his time is spent acquiring the right materials, with an emphasis on wood selection. He inspects wood for aesthetics and for its natural resonance, which affects how the cues that are made with it will play. The wood is carefully weighed and assembled with aluminum, titanium, or steel screws, so that added weights are avoided in achieving the customer´s desired weight. Richard slowly finishes the cues in several coats of hand-rubbed Imron. On higher end cues, two shafts and a set of black Delrin joint protectors are included.
Richard Chudy cues are guaranteed indefinitely against construction defects that are not the result of warpage or abuse. If you have a Richard Chudy cue that needs further identification or repair, or would like to talk to Richard about ordering a new cue, contact Richard Chudy Custom Cues, listed in the Trademark Index.

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