Designing a unique work of art that conforms to the surface of cue stick has its challenges. The space is oblong, curved, and varies in width throughout the cue. Artisans have been decorating cues for more than 100 years. It is easy and accurate to claim that most cue sticks produced today are very similar in design to something that has already been built. Given these facts, it is an accomplishment to create a unique design on a single cue. Richard Chudy, the maker of this month’s feature cue, has created so many unique works that originality is one of the pillars of his reputation as a cuemaker. Chudy has been involved in the industry since the late 1960s, and a prolific cuemaker since the 1980s. He has also been heavily involved in promoting cue art since the 1990s, by serving as a board member for the American Cuemakers Association as well as by participating in numerous cue shows throughout his career. Richard’s cues are collected by many of the world’s top collectors.
The “Edwardian” was named after the look and overall feel of the design of this month’s featured cue. Chudy built this all ebony and wrap-less butt while utilizing materials such as copper and silver to deliver an intricate, yet vibrant design. Silver and copper “double tulip” and scalloped diamond inlays, accentuated by extensive engraving create an Art Nouveau look. The decorative ring engravings appear to twist around the cue and are joined with diamonds which balance the design in the eye. Overall, the cue presents as a singular piece of art that is bold and unique, but at the same time refined and calculated. Richard Chudy commented that “the goal was to combine inlays and engraving to create a new look and feel.” Regarding the construction of an all ebony butt, he added that “the cue is taper cored from the joint to the butt cap,” and it is naturally weighted in the case of this ebony construction.
The “Edwardian” is the second of Richard Chudy’s cues to be featured on CueZilla.com.