I have been playing pool since 1986. I had a good friend that played really good, he traveled all over the country.
Every now and then I would wager a couple dollars on him. WE WENT BUSTED OFTEN! This was before
I ever shot pool for money. So, I was used to going busted from pool! In 1993 I tried to get a local cue maker to build
me a custom cue. After a couple months he hadn't started. I asked again, he said he would get it done for me. Some
time went by and he never even started it! So, I asked him if he was going to build me a cue or not? He said it would
be done in 2 months. I said okay! GOOD! But if it is not, I am going to buy my own equipment and build them myself.
Well needless to say he didn't even start my cue! So, In August of 1994 I sold my Softail Custom Harley that I had built
from the ground up in June 1994. I bought my first lathe from Baby Face. I started doing repairs and in November
1994 I went to Chicago and bought my first real lathe for building cues.
Thanks to a good friend, Jeff Beamas whom I asked to go into the business with me, he declined! Jeff loaned me the
money to purchase my lathe until I got my money fromt the sale of my Harley. Needless to say, Jeff got my first cue I
built and still owns it today. In July of 1995 I moved to Springfield Missouri where I met a cue maker by the name of
Andy Gilbert (who builds a really good cue). He let me come work with him for a few months and I learned even more
about building cues. THANKS ANDY! In 1996 we moved back to Granite City Illinois where I built cues out of my home
for years. I took a 3 year break from cue building, some of you know what I mean! In the winter of 2005, I started
shooting pool at the Billiard Club in Granite City, which is where I started playing pool at when it was called Break Time
I finally talked Mark Kimbro (Billiard Club owner) into building a room for me to build cues in. That took some
convincing! So, in January 2006 Mark and another friend Jerry and I built a room which is now where I am building my
cues, one at a time! We have already been talking about expanding my shop in the near future. Thanks to Mark and
Jerry for being such good friends! I am now back to what I do best, building Patrick Custom Cues! I found out that I
can't make a living playing pool, so I do the next best thing, build custom pool cues!
I currently sponsor the Midwest Nine Ball Tour. Dan and Evelyn have been good friends for many years!
A special thanks to a few good friends for all of their help:
Jim Royal and his son Hunter
I'd like to add an additional thanks to my brother Mark for helping me get my cue building business going.
I am now located in Olathe Ks! Thank to Mark at the Billiard Club for letting me set up shop there for a few years!