Watch snooker cues made by hand in Thai workshop favoured by Ronnie O’Sullivan
Footage shows snooker cues being made from scratch by hand in a Thai workshop.
The cues begin life as a block of wood before being shaped and sanded by staff at O’Min Cues in Minburi on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand.
Owner Somkiat Kulawattanaporn – nicknamed O’Min – is one of the most well-known suppliers in Asia and counts top players Ronnie O’Sullivan and Jimmy White among those who have ordered his handmade cues from his workshop.
A photo of The Rocket visiting his shop even takes pride of place on a wall of photographs including Thailand’s princess Sirindhorn and local snooker pro James Wattana.
Somkiat’s business had been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic as tourists were unable to visit and snooker clubs have been closed dometically, but he has continued making the high-end cues.
He said: ‘Making snooker cues by hand is a careful process with many steps. I personally check every cue to ensure they’re the best standard.’