Pool Cue Wood And Inlay Materials

What is the best pool cue, you need to consider pool cue wood performance. The pool cue wood and inlay materials affect the performance and appearance of the pool cues.

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The types of cues are custom cue, production cue, collection cue, house cue, etc. Masters prefer custom cue. Custom cue is a cue made by the master maker according to the needs of customers.

The master needs to pay attention to the pool cue wood length, weight, balance point, wrap diameter, winding method, joining method, shaft taper, butt material, blanks, inlay material, etc.

We use selected pool cues to play the game. A well-maintained handmade cue may become a house cue after a long test.

The following is about the pool cue wood and inlay materials commonly used in making cues. I guess they might interest you.

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2.Use and characteristics of pool cue wood – part 1

We use different wood for the cue.

1.Curly & Birdseye Maple: Curly got its name because its obvious beautiful stripes look like tiger’s lines. Both it and Birdseye Maple have hard and beautiful features. Both can be used in almost all parts of the cue.

We usually use it on the fore arm and unwrapped handles, butt sleeves under wrap, and as inlay materials.

Maple has the property of easy coloring and can be matched with almost any other pool cue wood.

The wood color itself is from white to light brown. This pool cue wood is lighter in weight and more expensive.


2.Cocobolo: a kind of wood with high hardness and high density that is widely used.

Due to the weight, you need to pay attention to the weight. It may be necessary to hollow out the central part to reduce its weight.

Otherwise, the cue balance point will move forward. The color range is red, orange and brown, which is very suitable for fore arm, sleepes and as inlay material. The wood is heavier and expensive.

3.Amboyan Burl, Bocote, Bloodwood, and Canarywood: After processing, they will become round wooden strips. You can use it to make the fore arm, insert angle, butt sleeves, and some inlay materials.

4.Ebony: a kind of wood with high hardness and high density that is widely used.

Due to its heavy wood, it may be necessary to hollow out the central part to reduce its weight. Otherwise, the cue balance point will move forward.

The color ranges from pure black to gray-brown with speckled color, is heavy pool cue wood, and the price is high.

5.East India Rosewood: We can use it to make fore arm, insert angle, butt sleeves, and some inlay materials.

6.Goncalo Alves: high wood density, rigidity, and strong durability. We can use it to make fore arm, insert angle, butt sleeves, and some inlay materials.

7.Honduras Rosewood: We can use it to make fore arm, insert angle, butt sleeves, and some inlay materials.

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3.Use and characteristics of pool cue wood – part 2

8.KingWood: After processing, it becomes a round wooden bar. We can use it to make the fore arm of the cue, the corner, the butt sleeves, and some inlay materials.

9.Walnut: rich in a variety of colors, but grayish brown, that is, irregular stripes, and easy to paint. We can use it to make fore arm, insert angle, butt sleeves, and some inlay materials.

10.Padauk: Hard wood, a kind of soft wood with a wide range of uses. After a long time, the color will fade from orange to reddish-brown. The wood is light in weight. We often use it for fore arm, butt sleeves, and inlay material.

11.Rosewood: a medium-hard wood with a wide range of uses, ranging from brown to purple. It is heavy wood, and its price is slighter higher.

12.Mahogany: A kind of soft wood with a wide range of uses. As far as the hitting characteristics of the cue, it is soft wood. The wood color is brown, which belongs to light wood.

13.Purple heart: hard and high-density wood, used for inlay materials. The wood color is purple, which belongs to heavier wood.

14.Yellow heart: wood is harder than red heartwood. Because the wood itself is yellow, it is mostly used as a cue inlay material.

15.Lacewood: After processing, it becomes a round wooden bar. We can use it to make the fore arm of the cue, the corner, the cue butt sleeves, and some inlay materials.

4.Use and characteristics of pool cue wood – part 3

16.Lignum Vitae: We can use it to make fore arm, angle, cue butt sleeves, and some inlay materials.

17.Macassar Ebony: Ebony with markings can be used to make fore arm, corner, butt sleeves, and some inlay materials.

18.Oak: We can use it to make fore arm, insert angle, butt sleeves, and some inlay materials. to make fore arm, insert angle, butt sleeves, and some inlay materials.

19.Osage Orange: Workers use it to make fore arm, insert angle, butt sleeves, and some inlay materials.

20.Redheart: soft pool cue wood and is red. It is a light wood, and it is mostly used for fore arm, butt sleeves, and as inlay material.

5.Use and characteristics of pool cue wood – part 4

21.Tulipwood: After processing, it becomes a round wooden strip. Workers can use it to make fore arm, insert angle, butt sleeves, and some inlay materials.

22.Verawood: We can use it to make fore arm, insert angle, butt sleeves, and some inlay materials.

23.Zebrawood: Often light golden and dark brown narrow stripes, heavy and hard. We also use it to make the fore arm of the cue, angle, cue butt sleeves, and some inlay materials.

24.Zircote: We can use it to make fore arm, insert angle, butt sleeves, and some inlay materials.

25.Bubinga: A kind of wood similar to red sandalwood, hard and heavy in texture, easy to paint. We can use it to make fore arm, insert angle, butt sleeves, and some inlay materials.

26.Snakewood: High-hardness and high-density wood. It is easy to crack or even break without proper air-drying treatment. We often use it as inlay material.

The color of the wood itself ranges from brown to black, and the appearance is similar to snake skin. The wood itself is very heavy and expensive.

6.Use and characteristics of pool cue wood – part 5

27.Straight Grained Maple: Most of the straight grain maple is used to make the shaft and wrap part of the cue. After a long time of air drying, the wood will still keep straight and used as the shaft. Wood is usually white in color and medium in weight.

28.Hollywood: The pool cue wood itself is white in color, so we often use it as cue inlay material.

29.Pink Ivory: A very hard and dense wood with a wide range of uses.

If it is used as the wood of the cue body, it may be necessary to hollow out the central part to reduce its weight. Otherwise, the wooden pool sticks balance point will move forward. The color ranges from light pink to deep pink and is an inlay material for high-end cues. It is very heavy and expensive.

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7.Common inlay materials

1.Dark Choral: Generally used for inlay materials.

2.Micarta: Generally used as grommets, butt sleeves, shaft and butt joint decoration rings, and inlay materials.

3.Turquoise: common inlay materials.

4.Lapis: Generally used for inlay materials.

5.Malachite: commonly used as inlay and prong material.

6.Mother-of-peal: The most common and oldest inlay material.

7.Leopard Skin Jasper: Generally used for inlay materials.

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8.Ivory: Ivory is the most common inlay material in high-end cues. The most luxurious pool cues are even all ivory.

Now, according to the law, cue makers no longer use ivory. But some consumers still prefer ivory very much. The cue maker replaced Alternate Ivory with traditional ivory.

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