This cue was made from 1 piece of Purple Heart, the forearm and the full length core was cut from one billet, which makes for an incredibly strong butt. The handle and points (8) are made from laminated bamboo with black phenolic outlines. As a side note: Pound-for-pound, bamboo is 6 times stronger than steel. The trim rings are Brazilian Rosewood outlined with black phenolic rings. The joint sleeve(s) and butt cap are double black phenolic. Weight is 19.2 ounces (no weight bolt) and the pin is 3/8-10 aluminum with an Abalone dot inserted in it's end. The shaft is AAA maple with a pressed Triangle tip and MicartaH ferrule (12.75x3/4"). The shaft insert is Katalox.
A few words about bamboo: I have long been interested in bamboo as a material to use in cues since my frequent trips
to Asia showed me the strength of bamboo used for scaffolding in buildings that were 30 stories and more high.
My interest peaked when my grand sons told me they were now using bamboo to make baseball bats. Evidently the
ball just flies off the bat, much like it does with aluminum bats. Further research revealed that bamboo has a tensile strength of 28,000 pound per square inch as compared to steel at 23,000 psi. Those figures are for raw bamboo, not laminated which
increases the tensile strength many fold. The best bamboo to use for baseball bats (and pool cues) is called "Tonkin"
which comes from Guangdong Providence in China. This is the same species that is used to make flyrods. I was fortunate
enough to find a company that made laminates from Tonkin in a 3/4" thickness. By glueing two laminates together I had a 1 1/2" turning square. Further research into bamboo baseball bats revealed that the top-of-the-line baseball bats were cored. That fit my cue making philosophy perfectly because I full length core all my cues, usually with purple heart. The result is a unique cue that has the attributes of a cored bamboo baseball bat. These are strength with just the right amount of flex, the lovely feel and look of bamboo and the "hit" which can be described as "lively". Try one of my hybrid bamboo cues--you will not be disappointed.