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Got Wood? Edition (7/24/12)
Now I know everyone's getting amped up about the Olympics, but there's something else going on later this week that ties in much better to our topic de jour. If you live in Wisconsin, you probably already know where I'm about to go - The Lumberjack World Championships in Hayward Wisconsin.
And why am I writing about this? Well because we're talking about the awesomeness of wood of course! This week I'm going to tell you a little about four of the most popular woods that are used in pool cues - Birdseye Maple, Cocobolo, Bocote and Ebony.
As for this week's learning goodness, Liz Ford will be talking to you all about the art of playing "bar rules" pool and holding a pool table at your local bar. And away we go!
Cocobolo Wood Cues
Bocote Wood Cues
Ebony Wood Cues
Ebony is one of those tricky woods. True ebony is absolutely gorgeous, but it is both hard to find and extremely expensive. As a result, many cue makers are now using synthetic or "recon" (short for reconstituted) ebony. The look is near identical, but there is a difference, as most recon ebony is man made.
As an example, take a look at the Southwest cue we recently picked up. It features true Gaboon Ebony throughout the cue and that genuine ebony is part of the reason for the hefty price tag (that and the fact that it's a Southwest). The McDermott G405 on the other hand, while stunning, uses recon ebony.
Birdseye Maple Cues
Liz Ford - Stranger In A Strange Land: How To Hold The Pool Table At A Bar
If you've become accustomed to playing in leagues and tournaments with well-documented, standardized rules, it can be a real trip into the wild, wild west to flex your pool muscles at the local bar. Breaking into the scene has two main obstacles: familiarizing yourself with the locals and also with their local rules. Chances are there's at least one rooster who'll crow if you beat him and at least one obscure, illogical rule that'll leave you scratching your head.
Don't be discouraged, view it as a challenge. There's nothing more satisfying than walking into someone else's territory and beating them at their own game...keep reading