Michael Capone began playing pool as a teenager. While he was at Rutgers University studying mechanical engineering in the late 80's he and his cousins opened a pool room in New Jersey . He would often send cues out for repairs, but was unhappy with the amount of time this took.
Michael had a woodworking hobby since he was a kid so he decided to start doing some basic repairs himself on an old lathe in the basement. He rebuilt the old lathe and began doing more difficult work, eventually making hustler cues by putting joints in house cues. In 1993 he bought his main lathe, which he still uses today, for a mere $2,000. Soon he was ordering blanks and components and making his own cues.
When he graduated from college, he became more serious, learning how to make his own blanks in 1994. He soon learned how to make a full splice for the special order custom hustler cues he made. Over the years Michael has improved his skills and added state-of-the-art equipment to his shop.
In March of 1996, Michael was accepted into the American Cuemakers Association, at the age of 24. Other ACA members were impressed at the quality of his work at such a young age, and with only a few years of experience. He has earned the respect of his contemporaries and is considered one of America 's elite cuemakers .
Capone cues have gone through many improvements in design. Michael believes that playability is the most important aspect of a pool cue. Michael likes to make cues to specific weight requirements using wood selection, as opposed to adding metal screws. Michael specially designed and builds the handle in his cues for stability and playability. He makes over 20 separate cuts on each shaft, and threads the ferrules. In 1997 Michael changed his joint screw to a 3/8 x 7.5 radial pin. This screw offers more thread contact than the earlier 3/8 x 10 pin. He makes every part of the cues himself except for the tips, bumpers, and screws.
Michael likes his cues to reflect the natural beauty of the many exotic woods that are used in the construction. In 1997 Michael introduced his inlay work which is featured in the cues created today. Although Michael does do some CNC inlay work, he still prefers to build cues with spliced points. The majority of cues feature 4, 6, or 8 points. His cues have become known for how well the points are executed. He is considered by his customers and peers as one of the best in the business for leather, lizard and other exotic wraps.
Today, Michael makes between 125 and 150 cues per year, and does repair work. Capone Custom Cues are guaranteed indefinitely against construction defects that are not the result of warpage or abuse.
Some of Michael's friends and family teased him and said he'd never make back the $2,000 lathe investment.
To all who doubted him.........