Steinway Anniversary Cue
The Steinway Anniversary Cue is an inspired work of art that elevates the craft of cue making. Paul Drexler (PFD Studios) built the Steinway Anniversary Cue to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Steinway & Sons. This ebony and ivory cue stick uses a combination of inlay and scrimshaw to create a refined and high-end tribute cue. Focusing on the primary element of a piano, Drexler straddles the forearm and the upper handle with four bold keyboards. Each keyboard is a full set of 88 keys that draws and keeps the eye. The elongated shape of the piano keyboards fill the forearm perfectly. Artistic designs on cue sticks tend to focus on the forearm and butt section of a cue. The Steinway Anniversary Cue breaks the rules and the result is inspiring.
Most cues have two focal areas, the butt cap and the forearm. Paul Drexler breaks the traditional rules of cue design. He is considered by many to be an artistic pioneer. By placing the keyboards partially into the handle, Drexler tied together the entire design. The result is a singular artistic expression instead of two disjointed focal points. Drexler segments the handle by layering ivory and black rings to create an elegant musical staff. Scrimshawed onto the staff are musical notes referencing a well known song. Highly figured ivory is used on the handle which adds to the cue’s overall beauty. An ivory butt cap proudly features a scrimshawed Steinway & Sons logo. Drexler chose to use simple rings at the joint. Conventional wisdom suggests that a high-end cue would use fancy rings. Drexler’s mastery of design calls for simple rings that do not distract the eye from the primary focal points of the cue. Paul’s depth of design and art history knowledge has resulted in several notable cues from PFD Studios. any of his important works are featured on this website.