Founded in 1991, Samsara cues is dedicated to adhering to the most stringent quality standards while still creating high quality elegant performance cues. When Jim Stadum met Dave Doucette, they knew that they could create something special. Before they met and decided to start Samsara, Doucette had worked as a cabinetmaker, machinist, as well as design engineer. This meant that he had a lot of experience not just working with wood, which is important in making cues, but also in working with and designing equipment used to work with wood. This meant that when Stadum and Doucette were setting up their factory, they were not limited to equipment currently on the market. Instead, Doucette designed and built custom machinery that was perfectly suited their purposes. Doucette took the role of primary designer while Stadum played to his strengths as a an almost obsessive perfectionist and an excellent businessman.
Stadum and Doucette created their own manufacturing process reliant on their custom machinery. The process is incredibly labor intensive and not the most efficient, but efficiency is not the goal. Their manufacturing process is the only one that creates cues of such beauty and such high quality, and to Jim and Dave, that's all that matters. They combine modern technology with an ancient woodworking process termed Intarsia. This process involves gluing wood together at specific angles to create a very purposeful design. Samsara uses a variety of materials including Curly Maple, Birdseye Maple, Cocobolo, Snakewood, Tulipwood, Pink Ivory Wood, Camitilla, Bocote, Ziricote, Padauk, Purple Heart, Black Cherry Burl, Thuja Burl, Amboynia Burl, Rosewood, Bubinga, Ebony, Ivory, Tiger-eye, Crazy Lace, Turquoise, Malachite and Petrified Wood.
For all their contributions to the art of cuemaking and to the billiards world as a whole, both Doucette and Stadum have been recognized by a variety of sources. Stadum was a founding member of the Academy of American Cue Art and was Chairman of the Board for the American Cuemakers Assocation for six years. And both of them have been honored for their cue work with "Best Design of Show," "Best Execution of Show," and "People's Choice" awards in a variety of different shows. Even the federal government in Washington DC recognizes the excellence that Samsara stands for. The Smithsonian Institute has on permanent display a custom made Samsara cue called "Illusions."