Long story short, Mike ended up placing an order with Tony in June and after several discussions of designs, Mike received his FIRST-EVER custom designed cue in early September!
Mike was striving for a "very simple, clean design that lets the beauty of the wood grain be the focal point." He added that he is extremely happy with the "entire experience and product I received from Tony Russell and will do business with him in the future."
I love domino stories like this!
Here is a pick of Mike's custom Russell Cue:
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