Gone are the days of plain Jane points and geometrically simple inlays. Tony takes cue design to an artisan's level from conception to completion.
In the early morning hours while pondering the greater forces at work in life, Tony sits with a pencil and a post-it note and doodles. Out of the session comes the beginnings of a design. Later comes painstaking hours of creating an actual sketch that will become a Black Boar cue design. Involved in the thought process are which materials to use, how they will look, and how they chemically and physically work together. For example, if (x) inlay is placed next to (y) inlay, a specific process must be completed to ensure the perfect marriage of (x) and (y). Another very important consideration is designing in two dimensions to execute in three dimensions; truly a more complicated process than most people think.
Transforming from sketch to computer is another arduous task. The computer processes information in only arcs and lines. The challenge is to convert a hand drawn sketch to a language the computer understands. This process is unbelievably difficult and terribly time consuming. More to come on design, on how it's conceived and made tangible. Discover other pages on what happens from computer to ring game.
Not for the mechanically disinclined. If you can't follow 'Mythbusters' don't even try to comprehend this!
Seen here is a 4-axis mill with over 8 years of custom developed software. Credited for its development is Tony's son, Tony Jr. This is one of two machines that drive Black Boar cue production.