Chris Nitti Fine Handcrafted Billiard Cues

Chris Nitti Fine Handcrafted Billiard Cues

CHRIS NITTI
Maker of pool cues from 1992 to present in Orlando, Florida.

Chris Nitti has loved the game of pool for as long as he can remember. He thought about opening a pool room and playing in tournaments. However, after having his cue repaired, the idea to build cues occurred to him. Chris already knew how to use a lathe. He was turning armatures at an automotive alternator-starter rebuilding shop at age 16. With that experience and over 20 years as an auto technician, it was easy to find a lathe and start to experiment.

In April of 1992, Chris made his first cue. His first five cues were made from blanks that he bought. All of his cues since then have been built entirely by him. Chris attended the Houston Cue Show in February 1993. While there, Chris picked the brains of Burton Spain, Bill Stroud, and Leonard Bludworth. He also met Ron Haley, an Arkansas cuemaker, who invited Chris to his shop. After a week with Ron, the way to build quality cues became much clearer. Chris then enrolled in a metal machining class at night. The knowledge he gained in that class made building cues much easier, and it enabled him to make the necessary jigs and fixtures for cue building.
Chris has hand signed "Nitti" on the forearm of his cues since the beginning, adding the last two digits of the year in 1996. Since 2002, he has added the year and production number. All inlay work is done on a manual pantograph, and Chris prefers traditional cue designs with mitered veneers and sharp inlays. High quality work and customer satisfaction are very important to him. Chris's love for building cues shows in each and every cue he produces