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Maker of pool cues from 1989 to present in Marlborough, Connecticut.
As a young boy, Paul Drexler spent much of his time at his grandfather´s workshop. His grandfather, Jeremias Van Neil, was a master cabinetmaker who immigrated to the U.S. from Holland in 1920. He taught his grandson much about woodworking, and helped Paul develop the fundamental skills necessary to become a master craftsman in his own right.
While growing up in New York, Paul saw some of the best players in the world, including Mike Sigel, Irving Crane, and Arthur "Babe" Cranfield in the local halls where he liked to play. Pool was always a part of his life, and while attending Syracuse University, he worked for a billiards company. At the same time, as manager of an art gallery that specialized in custom framing, he also did frame work for many of the University´s galleries and private art galleries in central New York, utilizing much of the woodworking skills he learned from his grandfather.
Woodworking remained an interest, but his father, a Harvard Business School graduate working for Eastman Kodak, convinced Paul that his brightest future awaited him in the business world. Paul continued to play pool as a hobby, and one day, after refinishing the pool table in the home he had just built, he decided that he was not satisfied with the cues that he owned. This was in 1989, and Paul set out to combine his woodworking knowledge and his love for pool by making cues while still maintaining his corporate job.
After eight years working in the investment business (four years in the insurance industry, four years selling computer software) Paul set out to do something he really loved.
Two years later, at the 1991 BCA Show, he met and talked to many of the top makers. Paul was especially intrigued with Bert Schrager. In November of 1991, he was invited to visit Bert´s shop in California and get some hands-on knowledge about making cues. This trip was such an inspiration that Paul decided to leave the corporate world and devote his full attention to cuemaking.
Paul´s cues are easily identified by the "pfd" logo on the butt cap, and he has signed several of his cues on the forearm. In 1994, Paul started to note the month and year of manufacture on the butt cap on many of his more notable creations, and also includes the number of similar cues. Paul significantly improved his equipment in 1998 to some of the most advanced CNC and fourth axis machinery in the industry. Custom software had to be written for Paul´s applications. It took about six months to attain peak performance out of this new equipment, which he started using in 1999.
Paul specializes in making one-of-a-kind custom cues to the designs and specifications of individual customers. His wife, Ellen, has become more involved in designing and inlaying the cues. They are among the leaders in creating original, intricate, and artistic cues that also play very well. Paul also makes three simple cues a month with one shaft for $650 to $750 specifically for entry level players. Paul´s motto is "different by design," which relates to the uniqueness of his cues.
He guarantees his cues against construction defects that are not the result of warpage or abuse. If you have a pfd cue that needs repair, or would like to talk to Paul about the design of a new custom cue, contact pfd Studios, listed in the Trademark Index.


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