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Maker of pool cues from the early 1970s to present in Racine, Wisconsin.
Frank Stellman was a top straight pool player, establishing prominence in the Chicago area during the 1950s and 1960s. He earned the nickname "Sailor" from a tour in the Navy. In the early 1970s, Frank purchased Eddie Laube´s lathe and the Laube patent rights, and started making his own cues in his hometown of Racine, Wisconsin.
Sailor cues are identifiable by the name "Sailor" usually stamped into the forearms. They also can be identified by their unique flared butt caps, which may be black or white. (Frank refers to his cues as "the cue with the flair.") Most Sailor cues have a solid forearm, and most cues with points are made from full-spliced house cues, to accommodate the regional economy. He also made some cues with blanks by Burton Spain, which today demand a premium. Buck horn and mother-of-pearl are common materials for inlays. Boxed ringwork in maple and ebony is very common in the butt sleeves, with colored synthetic pearls being very common also. The use of ivory in Sailor cues is extremely rare. A few Sailor cues have been made by his son, Kelly.
Frank liked to take measurements, watch a player play, and make them a custom cue based on their size and playing style. He is also one of the best teachers in the game, with students that have become top professionals. He loves the game of pool, and he has a way of motivating and inspiring players to obtain peak performance. After making cues for over 25 years, Frank slowed down his cuemaking in the late 1990s.
If you have a Sailor cue that needs further identification or repair, contact Sailor Cues, listed in the Trademark Index.

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