BLAINE (WATE) - A Blaine man is racking up his knowledge of pool and making custom billiard tables.
After years of servicing and repairing pool tables, mostly in cabins near the Great Smokies, Shane Estes is now taking aim at building his own custom tables as Blaine's Billiards.
He makes the tables at his farmhouse in Blaine. "Right now, we are building one for a pro player in Illinois. He wants to change the angles on the pockets," Shane said when Made in Tennessee visited.
He made his first table six years ago and went online with his new company blainebilliards.com in the last few years.
Shane says there are so many things that can be tweaked on a table. They've designed some as small as four-feet in length and others all the way up to nine feet.
You can also choose a custom cloth color, a unique wood stain, inlays in the wood and even drawers underneath the playing surface.
Shane says he'll work with any request. "I deliver them, set them up. I do it from start to finish."
The process starts with harvesting his own lumber. "We work with other farmers to harvest blown-down cedars and blown-down, storm damaged trees to try not to cut down any trees," Shane said.
From there, he dries the wood on site at his Blaine farm for several years so it is furniture grade. Then he preps the wood, giving his pieces a rustic look and the durability of solid wood.
"Sometimes you want to leave saw marks on it," he said, showing us one of his finished tables. "Sometimes you want it nice and smooth."
In the end, you might say the pool tables are good for the game and look like a piece of art at the same time.
"So something I truly love is the game itself, but it is truly rewarding to go from log to table," Shane said.
His original company was Hot Shots Billiard Service, and he still services all kinds of pool tables. In fact if you have an older table, Shane says he can refurbish it and that can include adding some of his custom woodwork.