Killing of the Boar
From aftermarket inlays to ill-fitting shafts, Black Boars resurface at the shop with a multitude of sins and when it comes to leather and lizard wraps (rough cuts, sideways wraps).... OMG!
Inexperienced refinishers are destroying Black Boars. Cue refinishing is an art in and of itself. In fact, in some cases, it requires more talent and craftsmanship to repair or restore something than to make a new one. For fear of losing the original integrity, refinishing should not be attempted lightly. If the original cue manufacturer is not available someone who is sensitive to the attributes of the cue should be given the task.
For example, when Johnny Cash’s favorite Martin guitar, a D-35 Custom, suffered damage you can bet it wasn’t repaired by a rookie. You can expect no one but a master luthier was considered qualified to touch that guitar.
When it comes to refinishing a custom cue or fitting a cue with new shafts, specific considerations must be made. There are too many people eager to put on a slick finish or extra inlays in a cue and call it “like new” or “upgraded” while actually compromising a cue’s value and originality. Aftermarket inlays nullify authenticity and annihilate value. Tony says “It would be different if it was done in good taste, but sadly, more often than not it isn’t.”
Evidence of an alien shaft can be seen in the quality of the shaft wood, the ferrule construction and the loss of the compression fitting. These things will affect the feel or the hit.
Tony says, “If you lose the special relationship between the shaft and the joint, or the sharp ending of the finish, the beautiful transition from wrap to cue, the continuity of design or the color of the exotic woods, what have you gained, but a great shine?
There is really no good reason to completely refinish your cue unless you intend to flip it and try to make a score. The gullible buyer of a cue that has been poorly refinished is stuck with a cue that is less than original, and as a result, is paying a higher price than the cue is worth.
Essentially, the purchaser is paying more and receiving less. You may have made a score, but you’ve misplaced the real value of a great cue and potentially hampered some of the great engineering and playability of the cue."
PS… Tony takes on very, very little refinish work. This is informational only, not an invitation for all the sad, misfit cues to come marching in.