Recollection Cues

Collectible Cues, Cases & Quality Players


Here's a nifty cue by Bob Owen, one that was built on special order, and the kind of cue you don't normally see him build.  It's a very pretty butterfly cue that's colorful, well-built and plays great.  Although it was built in 2006, it's been in a private collection for many years and is in almost new condition.

This is a beautiful example of Bob's work.  There doesn't seem to be anything in a cue shop that he can't do, and his butterflies are as good as any I've seen.

This is definitely a colorful cue.  The butterfly is made of four colors, black, yellow, green and pink.  He then repeats these colors in the ring in the butt sleeve. And, the colors are all again repeated in the joint caps, but I'll have more to say on those later.

I was told the original owner, who had this custom built by Bob Owen, was from Lithuania, and the color scheme is from the Lithuanian flag.  Fortunately, they turn out to be great colors for a butterfly cue as well.

Bob signs and dates the cue under the finish on the forearm.

Using the same colors in a veneered ring in the butt sleeve was a good idea.  It carries out the color theme and is a nice touch.

The way Bob layered the various colors of wood before starting to cut the blank down on the lathe resulted in four "points" - two long and two short.  Making butterflies, I'm told, is sometimes as much art as science, and sometimes, chance.  When you put the wood layers together, you have an idea of how they will turn out, but you're never exactly sure until you get it on the lathe and start turning it down.

So here is the big bonus with this cue - a custom made set of joint protectors made by none other than the king of cap-makers, Alton Takata.  They were made special to accompany this stick, distinctively sporting all the same colors as in butterfly of the cue.

And talk about unbelievable execution, these caps ended up being a work of art in themselves.  Alton himself put up a Youtube video about these caps, a short documentary about their production, titled "Ziggy's Joint Caps."  Take a look at it to understand this very complicated build.

For someone who likes fancy joint protectors (and there are many), you can't do much better than this set.  They won't make the cue play any better, but they certainly enhance the presentation of the cue, and will draw lots of attention wherever you go.  I'm guessing (but I bet I'm pretty close) that these joint caps cost close to $1000, if not more, to have made.

This beautiful stick, built by one of today's top cuemakers, is built with dark, clean ebony with a hard rock maple nose.  It has a flat faced joint with a 3/8X10 pin.  The ferrules are melamine, and I'm not sure what the tips are.  The butt weighs 15.1 oz, and each shaft weighs 3.9 ounces for a total weight of 19.0 ounces with either shaft.  It is 57 inches long.

The shafts both show signs of very light play.  You can really tell only under a magnifying glass, as they are very, very nice condition.  The butt is perfect, and everything is straight.