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Maker of pool cues from 1993, in Ocean City, Maryland, to present in Alto, Georgia.
As a kid, living in Florida, Ted Harris played pool at a friend´s house. Later on, he discovered his real love for pool as a college student. By 1987, Ted had relocated to Ocean City, Maryland, and had taken a job as a "house man" at the only billiard establishment in town. He was determined to become the best pool player he could be.
In 1989, after visiting with cue maker Tim Scruggs, Ted decided to begin doing cue repairs. It wasn´t long before he began to venture out to tournaments, both as a player and as a cue repairman with his cue repair equipment. Jerry and Laurie Franklin were instrumental in helping Ted decide to go on the road. Before long, the top players were counting on Ted to maximize the performance of their cues at the major tournaments.
Ted began making sneaky petes in 1993, in Los Angeles. In 1994, he started to purchase the equipment necessary to begin making his own custom pool cues. Ted´s travels on the road slowed down as he became more interested in making his own cues and designing his own lathes and equipment. In 1997, he set up shop at Action Billiards in Salisbury, Maryland, and, with the help of his new wife, Kathy, began living his life´s dream of building custom cues.
In July of 2000, Ted entered his cues for submission and admission to the ACA, and was accepted. Ted, for the most part, is a one-man shop, except for the wonderful help he gets from Kathy. She now does most of the wet sanding and polishing and adding the finish. All parts, except tips, joint screws, and the rubber bumpers, are made in-house from raw materials. All Ted Harris cues are one-of-a-kind, custom ordered to suit the customer. He cores his cues from the wrap to the joint with laminated maple rods, underneath short splice points or solid forearms for stability. Shafts are turned at least 24 times over a long period of time. Playability is the most important factor for Ted. If you visit Ted´s shop, you will notice that the climate is controlled year round to maintain 75 degrees and 45-50% humidity. Ted feels that maintaining the climate is important to the cues he produces. He prefers to use wood-to-wood joints to get the best stable hit possible from his cues.
One of Ted´s trademarks is to make wood joint collars from the same stock as the points. Ted Harris signs special cues with "Ted Harris" and the date of completion. All Ted Harris cues have his logo. If you are interested in talking to Ted Harris about a new cue or cue that needs to be repaired, you can contact him at Ted Harris Custom Cues, listed in the Trademark Index.

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