Keith Joseys love of billiards, woodworking,
and fine craftsmanship are a gift from his father, a skilled woodworker
and custom homebuilder. It all began during his boyhood years, when Keith
often helped out in his fathers woodworking shop. It was here, under
the study of his father, that he learned both the skill of fine woodworking
and a penchant for perfectionism. Similarly, at the close of many a working
day, Keith, his father, and four brothers would play pool together at the
local billiard hall. This fostered a deep enjoyment of the game that Keith
maintains to this day. Keith's wife, Sherri, also grew up with a fondness
of billiards because of their family home billiard table.
This deep enjoyment
Keith shares with his wife Sherri, an essential
partner in the business since its inception and a longtime billiard
player in her own right. Growing up in Tampa, Florida, Sherri regularly
battled her father Tom and brother John on the family room's
eight-footer. When she and Keith began dating fifteen years ago, they
became regular players at local pool halls on Savannah's southside,
eventually forming a team, Josey's Cue Repair, to compete in weekly
league play. Today, Sherri is an integral partner in Josey Custom Cues,
managing the demands of the business so Keith has the freedom to work at
his art without distraction.
Keiths reputation as a fine craftsman spread quickly. Local players,
impressed with the quality of his repairs, urged Keith to make his own cues.
Therefore, with the support of many satisfied customers behind him, Keith
began Josey Custom Cues in 1992. Over the years he has continued to make
cues that exhibit exacting standards of form and function one at a time,
by hand, in his one-man shop. Keith's wife Sherri also plays a pivotal role
in the business by handling all of the book-keeping.
Certainly, quality and craftsmanship are an identifying trait of every hand-signed
Josey Custom Cue. For example, with the exception of the tips, bumpers,
and screws, Keith makes every component of his cues. All ferrules, collars,
and butt caps thread on for more secure construction. Keith prefers a forward
balanced cue with a solid stiff hit. He turns his shafts eight times over
a six month period, dipping them in a wood stabilizer after each turning.
To ensure against warpage, spliced cues often sit for a month or more. Importantly,
in his quest to build the perfect playing cue, Keith began using a slimmer
joint and butt diameter in 1994.
addition to superior playabilty, Josey Custom Cues are a treat for the eye.
In fact, Keiths love of wood is very apparent when one closely examines
a finished cue. Rare, beautifully patterned woods gleam under a painstakingly
applied, mirror-like finish. Inlays, using precious materials such as mother
of pearl, exotic woods, turquoise, and malachite, further decorate each
Josey Cue in intricate one-of-a-kind designs. Taken as a whole, each cue
represents the excellence of form and function that is the hallmark of Josey
Currently, Keith specializes in custom cues making them based on a customer's
specifications. Josey cues are guaranteed against construction defects that
are not the result of warpage or abuse.
Thank you for visiting our site, I hope you enjoyed your stay. - Keith &