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Why a blog for Joss Cues?
I get in the neighborhood of 20 or 30 emails or calls every day to ask questions about the construction of a Joss Cue. I try to answer as many as I can but there just isn’t enough time in a day to answer the questions and make cues at the same time.
I’m going to try to show some of the construction methods we (my son Stephen and I) use to create a Joss Cue.

I’m going to go back quite a few years to attempt to show how we have evolved to these methods. I’ll stick in as many pictures as I can along the way. I find that I can understand most things a little better when I can see it.
Joss Cues became a real business in late 1967 and started a bank account in about 1968.

We had arrived!

We had a two car garage some used machines and now a bank account.

No looking back from this point on.
We never had much money in the bank account just enough to pay the bills and order a couple of pieces of wood when needed. You guys out there that are making cues know exactly how this works. Wait a minute the people that are reading this and are in a small business all know how this works. We made a few cues using old butts from the pool room and buying some four point blanks from people that could make them like Palmer Billiards, Wico, and a few others that are no longer in business.

Early Joss Points

This blank is a good example of one of our early points made from a house cue.

 

We decided that we were not cue makers but cue assemblers and needed to move on.

 Evolution of the Joss blank.

Evolution of the Joss blank.

But we were evolving and each cue we made was a little better than the last one (most of the time).
In the early 70s I bought out my partner and continued to make the original Joss Cue in Baltimore.
The Joss Cue was being used by a great many road players at the time and it sure made a difference. I received orders from all over the US because of this.
The Joss Cue was being road tested by some of the best players in the world and when there was something wrong they would let you know in an instant. We had to keep improving the basic cue to satisfy the players that used the Joss Cue.

Jim Rempe one of our early players

This is a very old picture of Jim Rempe one of our early players.

This is not a Joss Cue
I’ll show some more old pictures of pool players and cue makers later in the blog.
I’ll be back in a week or so.
Visit with me again.