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Maker of pool cues from 1983 to present in New Windsor, New York.
Paul Rubino is well-known as the co-author of The Billiard Encyclopedia, and it is important to understand his involvement in that project to appreciate his approach to cuemaking. A player since the age of thirteen, Paul began keeping a journal of the finest cues that he saw in the mid-1970s. He noted the designs and specifications of all the Balabushkas, Paradises, Palmers and other fine cues that he came across.
Paul began doing repairs on cues in 1980, and during that year, he made his first two-piece house cue. By 1983, he had made his first cue from scratch. The early cues were very plain, as he did not start doing inlay work until later. His construction techniques were inspired by cues he studied up to that time. Previously a full-time machinist, Paul made cues part time until 2004 when he became a full-time cuemaker.
While working on The Billiard Encyclopedia, Paul was exposed to cues, construction techniques, and patents, going back over two hundred years. Now that the project is finished, Paul can spend more time perfecting his craft, and research billiard history at his leisure, studying the very old material. This has made him one of the best at restoring and identifying antique cues. Paul was fortunate enough to acquire Herman Rambow´s lathe and materials. In addition, he has original Palmer and Paradise material.
Today, Paul enjoys making one-of-a-kind custom cues to the designs and specifications of his customers. Most of his cues are unsigned. They are usually finished with lacquer or oils, depending upon the type of cue. He prefers the feel and natural beauty of wood, as opposed to covering the cue with a wrap and heavy finish. Paul likes the hit of ivory joints, and prefers to match them up with ivory butt caps instead of Delrin. He believes that the most important aspect of a cue is the way it plays, and his cues are crafted for a very solid hit.
Many of his designs reflect that Old World tradition, yet many of his latest works incorporate the artistic diversity his one-of-a-kind cues demand. Precious metals and other exotic materials are used, and his commitment to excellence and delivering exactly what the customer requests has made his cues popular in Germany and Japan, as well as other parts of the world.
Paul guarantees his cues indefinitely, and will fix any construction defects that are not the result of warpage or abuse. If you have a Rubino cue or a cue by a past master that needs repair, or if you would like to talk to Paul about the design of a one-of-a-kind custom cue, contact Paul Rubino, listed in the Trademark Index.

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