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I was one of three of Rocky's apprentices. I should rephrase that by saying I was one of a few that Rocky allowed to be around him. My older brother Butch was good friends with Rocky, so I growed up with the nickname Little Butch. As a young kid, whenever I could get the chance, I would ride on the train with my step-dad Jim Reynolds, or Big Jim as they used to call him. He was one of the switchmen for the railroad. At that time it was called the Atlantic Coastline Railroad and the word chance meaning that the yard foreman wasn't watching. Rocky was the engineer, and I would sit on his lap and watch him run the train. Once when I was about 4 or 6 years old, I didn't like my cap guns with double holster's because the holster's weren't reversed like "Wild Bill Hickock's." Well, Rocky re-did my holsters so that I could quick cross draw my toy guns just like "Wild Bill." You don't forget someone like Rocky.
By the time I was old enough to venture around on my bicycle,
Rocky was an excellent leather smith, and master machinist. Rocky's shop was actually his tinkering place and cues didn't come into the scene until sometime later. I was 16 or so when cues started becoming Rocky's constant projects at his small shop on the side of his home. Rocky was one of those type people that could sometimes be rough to be around to say the least. I knew how to sense when to get gone and when it was O.K. to stay around.
Often he would say time to go for someone else was coming to the shop to learn about cue making. Over time, I learned this was Wayne Gunn. The other one that learned from the Master of Concentricity, Rocky Tillis.
Thank you Rocky,
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