Custom made pool cues are the final evolution for Ted Harris Custom Cues. But lets go back a bit in time, and talk about how Ted began the journey of being able to create custom made pool cues...
While living in Ocean City, Maryland in 1987 Ted took a job as the houseman at the only pool room in town called Gentleman Jim's billiards. After the first summer of long, hard, work, Ted began to promote National level tournaments, drawing players from as many as 14 states. Every year at Gentleman Jim's we held the Maryland State 9-Ball Championships & the Mark Giarratana Memorial, being held over Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day weekend respectively.
During the first winter in Ocean City, Ted began to play many hours a day, and the pool game jumped up several notches that year. With the success of the tournaments, and the level of play going on in OC, you can imagine there was a lot of matching up. Because OC was a resort, there were a lot of players that floated in and out of town for their summer vacations. Most of them were there for the action, and others were there for the tournaments, and some where there for both. On a local level, the Delmarva Peninsula had our own little contingency of tough players that had to be dealt with when road agents came to town for the action. Most of these people are still around and playing; Terry "Fish" Sapp (little story to follow!), Bill "the Old Man" Brandt (made my first road trip with), John Moody (Owner of Action Billiards, later to become Breaktime Billiards in Salisbury, and Great Slates in Cambridge, MD), George "Beaver" Burbage, Kevin West, Dennis Montero (straight pool), Freddy Scott, Steve Milano, Miles "Scoochie" Moffit, Charlie Crippen, and more. One local player that offered endless action, was Terry "My Little Fishy" Sapp...cards, pool, you name it, he was in action at ALL TIMES! There were many a night (hundreds) when the two of us closed down the joint in the wee hours of the morning, after a long night of non-stop ACTION!!! Ohhhhhh!!! the memories! Some of the "road" players that frequented OC were Wayne "Juggie" Wareheim, "Cigar" Tom Vanover, Dave Bollman, Tom Wirth, Danny Green, Tim "Poppa" Poppageorge, Mark "the Shark" Shrader, Gary "Little Gary" Flanary, Junior Harris, Joe Frady, "Loudmouth" Tony, Dave Smith, Don Gibson, Charlie "The Korean Dragon" Williams, Mike Newport, Bo Newport, Max Schlothauer, "Jumpin" Don Hudgins, Peter Ghostine, Bobby Legg, "Mad" Max Eberle, "Punkie," "Bus Driver" Ronnie, Craig Rhineman, Mike "Geese" Gerace, Russell Parsons, Richard "Squirrell" Bassett, and many more.
In early 1989, Ted realized there was a market for cue repair, and that the Delmarva Peninsula lacked the services of a quality cue repairman. Players who needed repairs, had to drive at least a hundred miles to have their cues fixed. Realizing that his game had jumped up to quite a competitive level, he began to travel to Baltimore to test the waters competitively. After making a couple of these trips, he decided to collect the locals cues that needed repair, and visit the shop of Tim Scruggs occasionally to have their cues repaired. On one of those Tim Scruggs/pool playing trips, with a gambling session with Bo Newport at Bill & Billie's Cue Club in Glen Burnie, MD, Ted decided to purchase the necessary equipment to begin to do minor cue repair.
After purchasing a wood lathe from Leonard Bludworth, and realizing that there were many restrictions in it's ability to do cue repair on custom made pool cues, he began to modify the machine. It wasn't long before he hired a machinist, and had a special lathe custom made to be able to do all types of repair work, but at the same time be mobile, so that he could travel to tournaments. By 1990, Ted started doing cue repairs at tournaments away from home and realized there was a huge void in the rest of the country for quality mobile cue repair services. In 1991, he bought a 31' Airstream travel trailer, and ventured to Reno for the Reno Open to offer his cue repair services at the tournament. For an in depth view of the hundreds of tournaments where Ted performed cue repair all over the country, click here. And so began the evolution to cuemaker...for a more in depth evolution, and philosophy visit "interview with the cuemaker."
Professional players that endorse Ted Harris Cue Repair Services...
Danny Harriman, David Smith, Dennis Hatch, George San Souci, Jose Parica, Roger Griffis, Tommy Kennedy, Tony Ellin, & Tony Robles...
Ted worked many tournaments, with many different organizations including the APA (American Poolplayers Association), U.S.P.P.A. (United States Poolplayers Association), Baltimore/Washington Tour, All About Pool Tour, Tri-State Tour, Association for P.O.O.L., VNEA (Valley National Eightball Association), Mali Florida Pro Tour, Florida Tour , Seminole Pro Tour, PBT (Pro Billiards Tour), P.C.A. (Professional Cuesports Association), 1997 Camel Pro Billiards Series, CPBA (Canadian Professional Billiards Association), Dufferin Canadian Tour, Texas Express National Nine Ball Tour, WPBA (Women's Professional Billiards Association), Super Billiards Expo, BCA (Billiards Congress of America) events and WPA (World Pool Association) World Championships events. He initially played in most of these tournaments, but the cue repair work started taking up a lot of time, and Ted came to a point where he had to make a choice between playing and working.