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Maker of pool cues from 1976 to 1980 in Stamford, Connecticut and from 1997 to present in East Haven, Connecticut.
Tom Harris majored in mechanical engineering in college and went into the tool and die trade. A player in tournaments in the late sixties and early seventies, Tom met many pro players and learned a lot from them about what they wanted in their cues. He met many top cuemakers and visited many cuemaking shops including Palmer, Rich, Gus Szamboti, Richard Black, and others.
Tom decided to apply his engineering and machining background to cuemaking and made his first cue in April of 1976 in Stamford, Connecticut. Although most Harris cues were not marked, they do have some interesting identifiable characteristics. For example, Tom developed the 105-degree blank, which he cut on a table saw, and is the only cuemaker known to have used these. Cutting the points at 105 degrees instead of 90 degrees allowed the points to meet at the base of the forearm, while still leaving a wide core for the connecting bolt. Also, Harris cues had a 29 ½ in. butt and a 14 in. wrap section. Less than 500 Tom Harris cues were made from 1976 to 1980. Tom is proud of the developments he made during those years, when cuemaking was not as advanced as it is today.
Tom started repairing cues in 1995, in East Haven, Connecticut, after a fifteen-year break from the craft. He remained active in tournaments, and organized group instructional seminars for players. He returned to cuemaking in 1997. Tom makes all of his cues by hand, and signs most of them on the forearms. He now makes cues with 90-degree points, and uses a flat-faced joint with a brass insert. He designed these unique inserts which are available to other cuemakers. Tom is very proud of the playability of his cues and the resonance of their hit, and loves to prime cues for performance. He tries to make custom one-of-a-kind cues that are unique to the individual. He is constantly improving his construction techniques. Now most of his cues have linen phenolic or ivory joints, as opposed to the stainless steel joints that he used in the seventies. Tom prefers simple cues without much ring work or inlays, believing that simpler cues play better. He believes the more glue lines are in a cue, the worse the hit. And Tom no longer uses leather wraps, which may be encountered on his earlier works.
Tom Harris cues are guaranteed for life to the original owner against construction defects that are not the result of warpage or abuse. If you have a Tom Harris cue that needs further identification or repair, contact Tom Harris Cues, listed in the Trademark Index.

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