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GB21 ~ $ 535.00

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George Balabushka Cues
Although busy with work and family life, Balabushka was an avid billiards player, especially of the game of straight pool, taking part in competitions and spending time with the better known practitioners of the sport. In 1959 he purchased a pool hall with a partner, Frank McGown, which was located in Brooklyn at 50th Street and 5th Avenue. While running the room, he began repairing cues, and it was not long before the idea was sparked to build pool cues himself.

By the end of 1959, Balabushka had made a number of cues, most of which were given to friends as Christmas gifts. As this practice went on, he began receiving orders for his cues. His first cues were conversions of the popular Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company manufactured “Titlist” cues. At the time, there were very few private cuemakers, the industry being dominated by large manufacturers.

Between 1959 and 1962, Balabushka handcrafted between 20 and 30 cues per year on a part-time basis. Because of the relative dearth of private cuemakers and the excellence of his product, Balabushka’s name quickly became well known amongst professional players, and by the end of 1962, he was receiving far more orders for cues than he could fulfill. Balabushka soon sold his interest in the pool room, converted his garage into a carpentry shop, and by 1964 was building cues full time, all the while honing his cuemaking abilities.

Unlike many of the large manufacturers of the day, Balabushka’s emphasis was on playing ability and fine craftsmanship, reflecting the values he had always held during his years in the woodworking business. He was also an innovator in cue construction, cue finishes and cue design. His cues were not the elaborately decorated attempts at building art that so dominate the cuemarket today. Rather, most Balabushka cues are relatively plain and without grand flourishes. Many of his trademark construction techniques have become standard in the industry, such as the use of Irish linen for wrap material and block style ringwork above a cue’s wrap which are eponymously named "Bushka rings."

George Balabushka died in 1975 at the age of 63. He was posthumously honored as the first inductee into the American Cuemakers Association Hall of Fame in February, 1993. In 2004, he was inducted into the Meritorious Service category of the Billiard Congress of America's Hall of Fame.

Licensed by the Balabushka family, these cues faithfully reproduce the spirit, pride, and integrity of a great pioneer cue maker.


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