International Cuemakers Association - Membership Requirements
Cue-Maker: Members with at least two years experience in making
quality cues on a regular basis and are currently hands on cuemakers.. (see
Must have been in business manufacturing cues for at least five years and have
at least 5 employees.
Cue-Repairman: This level will include those who primarily
repair cues and possibly build extra shafts and occasionally do lower level
This level is for those who have less than one year experience in repairs and
two years in cuemaking or who have not supplied examples of quality work for
determining they have earned the title: Cuemaker or Cue-Repairman.
Suppliers are those who sell products pertaining to cue making or the cuemaking
industry. Merchants are those who manufacture or sell other billiard related
or non-related items.
These are members who just want to support our association and participate
as non-voting members. Examples are Authors, Cue Collectors, Pool Room Owners,
Magazine Editors and any one else who is interested in cue making.
These are members who want to be known as cue collectors. Their collections
can be extensive or just starting out. Lifetime Limited Cue Collectors membership
The member's contact information will also include a section indicating the
starting price of the cuemaker's cues.
Example: Cues starting at $275. Year they started and year they joined the ICA.
Requirements for membership:
We welcome part-time as well as full-time cuemakers.
We also welcome both American and International cuemakers from other countries.
We welcome members of other organizations like the BCA, American Cuemakers Association,
etc... Provided it does not create a conflict of interest.
We invite all levels of cuemakers to apply and all accepted members will have
their full contact information on the ICA web site.
CUE-MANUFACTURER MEMBER APPLICATION GUIDELINES:
An applications must be approved by the board of directors. Because we are developing
relationships with our industry suppliers, we require permission to do a credit
check with them about prospective members. Pictures of cues must be submitted
for approval, along with application and application fees. We prefer the cue
being presented to have one or more of the following features: inlays, points,
butterflies or fancy wood splices. If the pictures are not enough for the ICA
to render an opinion of the quality cue that you build, then it may be required
that you present an actual cue. This could be done at a show in person or by
other prearranged means. Below are areas of detail that the common cue buyer
will normally inspect in your cue. So we suggest you give special attention
to these areas on the cues you present. We do understand cuemakers do things
a little different for various reasons and we will therefore judge the over
all quality of the cue instead of focusing on any single area.
1. Any linen wraps
should be flush with the finish at both ends of the wrap groove. Linen should
have no gaps in the wrap and should be pressed and polished.
2. Leather wraps should never be raised above the finish. (For those who choose
to round over the finish and leave the leather lower so it can't be lifted,
keep the lip to a very bare minimum.)
3. Shafts and butts should roll straight individually, as well as when together.
4. Any Flat bottom, Veneered or any "V" groove or butterfly points should all
be very close to equal in length. We make more allowance for butterflies than
V-points on equal length.
5. Attention should be given to tight fitting inlays with no large glue lines.
6. Finish should be smooth, without ripples or runs.
7. Special attention to fit and finish, especially at the joint where the butt
and shaft meet.
8. Make sure the second shaft fits as good as the first.
9. The joint pin should
be installed very centered (concentric).
10. When a ball is
struck by the tip or the when the shaft or butt are gently tapped in the palm
of the hand the cue should not have any unusual ‘rattles' or ‘buzzing' sounds.
For those who have
less than two years of cue building or one year cue repair experience and/or
can't produce samples of quality cues or repairs in picture or actual cue form
we have an APPRENTICE MEMBERSHIP.
MEMBER APPLICATION GUIDELINES:
1. All Apprentice Members
must either own or have access to cue building or cue repair equipment. They
must be actively involved in cue repair or cue building and striving to develop
2. Apprentice Members
must state clearly that they are Apprentice Members in any advertising or statements
made using the ICA logo or ICA name.
3. Apprentice Members will be listed on the Members page under the Apprentice
4. Before upgrading their membership to Cue-Repairman we may require samples
in picture form or actual cues to inspect the work.
5. Pictures or actual cues will always be required for upgrading to Cuemaker
6. Minimum time as an Apprentice member will be one year. They can stay an Apprentice
for as long as it takes for them to feel comfortable trying to upgrade membership
7. Apprentice members will have the same access to discounts and forum privileges
as all other members.
8. Having experienced
cuemakers willingly sharing information on our cuemakers forum will help Apprentices
achieve their goal of quality craftsmanship much faster.
APPLICATION MEMBER GUIDELINES:
1. Pictures, references
or actual examples of cue work may be required.
2. Pictures should
show close ups of your tip, ferrule and wrap work.
Repairman Members must state clearly that they are Repairman Members in any
advertising or statements made using the ICA logo or ICA name.
4. Repairman Members will be listed on the Members page under the Cuemakers
and Repairman Members heading.
5. Pictures or actual
cues will always be required for upgrading to Cuemaker membership.
6. Minimum time as an Repairman member will be one year. They can stay a Repairman
for as long as it takes for them to feel comfortable trying to upgrade membership
7. Repairman Members
will have the same access to discounts and forum privileges as all other members.
At present our Cuemaker, Cue-Manufacturer, Cue-Repairman, Apprentice, Associate
and Supplier/Merchant membership fees will be:
LIMITED MEMBERSHIP $250
the first year there will be no more membership fees unless you want to make
changes to your listing on your Members page listing, or cuemakers forum. Any
changes to the listing will be $25 each time. This rate is subject to change
without notice. As long as you stay within membership guidelines you will never
have to pay anymore cash dues for the lifetime of the organization. We desire
a group of active members. Your activity will be considered your desire to continue
membership. To stay active you will need to post at least once a year in our
private cuemakers forum or vote in our Hall of Fame or other elections. If you
are unable to do either of these things a simple letter or email stating your
wishes to keep membership active will be okay. This response will let us know
you are still with us and active in the cue industry. Two years of inactivity
may be considered your resignation of membership. The reason participation is
important is as we grow in active members we will have more clout to try and
secure discounts, not only on cuemaking supplies, but also on things like hotels,
rental cars, health insurance and so forth. If you cease to meet ICA membership
requirements your membership may be terminated without any refund.
sum it up the initial membership fee is for your first year dues. After the
first year your goodwill and activity in the association will be all you owe
the association, unless you want to make changes to your ICA website listing,
membership level or forum status. These changes will be
made for a nominal fee.
A membership application can be sent by email or mail. Also, the first years
dues of $250 must be included with application. dues can be paid by paypal,
credit card or money order. If the application is rejected the first years dues
and application fee will be refunded, and an explanation of why the application
was rejected will be enclosed.
We reserve the right to refuse admission to anyone for any reason.
Members that do not conduct their business or themselves in a professional manner
with customers, suppliers and fellow members will be subject to dismissal.
Any cuemaker that commits to a portion of a co-operative product purchase and
fails to pay for and accept delivery of goods will be subject to dismissal.