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The meticulous process of inlaying the numbers into the speedometer begin with punching the numbers into a sheet of Sterling Silver. Each number is then removed and placed into the cutout. Since the surface is curved, this delicate process of cutting out for the hundreds of cue inlays requires the 4-axis machines. This sophisticated tool allows cuts to be made on the flat main plane axis while adjusting for the continuous variance in depth around the curve, plus the most sophisticated part - adjusting for the curve to eliminate distortion.

The ultimate 3 dimensional jigsaw puzzle is the realm of these incredible cuemakers. Inlays, and inserts and overlays - oh my! Of all the images in this book, this is as behind the scenes as it gets. This is just a sampling of the many bits and pieces that go into an art cue. The primary wood for the cue is Figured Italian Walnut, a stock often used on the finest Italian shotguns. The list of other woods and materials include Spalted Dogwood, Lemonwood, English Holly, Gabon Ebony, Mascassar Ebony, Pink Ivory Wood, Redheart, White and Black lip Mother-of-Pear, hand dyed resin-filled Catlinite (Pipestone), Gold and Silver.