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Maker of pool cues from 1979 to present in Anchorage, Alaska.
Thomas Wayne has been a craftsman for almost as long as he can remember. He has made custom furniture, guitars, knives, jewelry, skateboards, etc. Thomas´s formal training was in cabinetry and furniture design and manufacture. He also served an apprenticeship with a world-renowned custom knife maker during his second year in college.
Like many other skilled woodworkers, once he was exposed to the world of custom cues, he had to try it. His first attempts were two- piece house cues in which he added his own inlays. He made his first cue in 1979, and by 1985, he had made approximately five more. It was during this time that his friend, Russ Waldo, a retired machinist, showed Thomas the basics of cue construction and convinced him that he had the talent to pursue cuemaking full-time. Thomas made this commitment in 1985.
The early cues were the only ones he ever made that were not signed. If you believe you have one of these cues, Thomas is the man to contact, as he can identify all his early work. All of his cues made from 1985 to the present are easily recognizable by Thomas Wayne´s signature on the forearm. Very special cues were signed in gold leaf, but now gold leaf is used much more often. About 80% of his joints were 5/16-14 stainless, with the other 20% being 3/8-10 flat-faced ivory or phenolic joints. Since about 2001 he has preferred to use ivory joints with the radial pin. That same year Thomas found a great supplier for quality leather and has done mostly leather wraps ever since.
Today, Thomas works out of his spacious one-man hi-tech shop designed especially for creating custom cues, which he has built behind his home in Anchorage. He only makes a couple dozen cues a year, primarily for existing customers that collect his cues. Thomas is currently involved in creating a cue registry to help future generations identify and authenticate contemporary custom cues, including possibly incorporating internal chips in the cues.
Thomas Wayne cues are made of the finest hardwoods, genuine ivories, shells, precious metals, and precious stones, which he personally selects. Almost all cues are one-of-a-kind originals, for Thomas will no longer make two cues that are alike. He is also proud to do all of the work himself. Thomas has no employees or apprentices. Thomas was one of the eight founding members of the American Cuemakers Association and was also one of the cuemakers that was selected to make a cue for the Smithsonian. What makes Thomas Wayne cues unique is the design and intricacy of his inlay work. One of his most famous and creative cues was "The Disintegrating Cue," which is pictured below. This cue has an ebony forearm and butt sleeve, with ivory points and ivory windows that appear to be disintegrating. This effect was achieved by inlaying hundreds of individual pieces of ivory to make up the points and inlays.
He has trademarked the term 4-D Inlay, which refers to the designs he can achieve using fourth axis machining achieved with five-axis programming. Thomas likes computerized solid modeling which subtracts the empty space much like carving a sculpture. 4-D Inlay allows Thomas to create designs that appear three-dimensional, and also to create visual illusions. He enjoys creating designs which appear impossible to assemble, leaving collectors and even other cuemakers studying these cues to try to figure out how he did it. Sometimes he will shorten the wrap areas, resulting in longer forearms, for more artistry. Three different joints are available on Thomas Wayne cues, and shafts are interchangeable, so it is not necessary to send in the butt to get a replacement. Thomas has developed a measuring device for shaft diameters that is about three times more accurate than what is commonly used.
Thomas also makes high end wands for magicians, often using the same kind of intricate inlay work seen on his cues. He is known as the top CNC expert in Alaska and he consults with makers of furniture, souvinirs, guitars, etc. on how to inlay these items. One of Thomas´ projects was to train the man who did all of the inlay work on the custom wood judges´ benches in a new courthouse in Alaska. He also built and programmed the CNC machines that were necessary for this project. This was funded by "1 Percent for the Arts" which requires that 1% of the budget go towards artistic decoration for publicly funded construction, a program which Thomas supports and participates in. He has also fulfilled military contracts such as a batch of complex wood screws designed to fill above-deck bullet holes on Coast Guard boats that screw in and seal when wet.
If you have a Thomas Wayne cue that needs further identification or repair, or would like to talk to Thomas about your ideas for a one-of-a-kind custom cue, contact Thomas Wayne Cues, listed in the trademark index.

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