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Need New Felt?
Thu, Feb 16th, 2017

Here are some signs to look out for when it comes to new pool table felt or game table felt.

Maintenance:

The best way to protect your pool table is by using a pool table cover. This will help protect and preserve your table for many years to come.

How long will my felt last?

The lifespan on your felt is dependent on the usage and care of the table. Roughly you could say that if your pool table is used daily for 8 hours a day it should last you a little less than 3 years. That is if no one rips a hole on it due to poor cue usage.

Here at Golden West we are happy to suit your felt needs. We carry over 30 cloth colors both Simonis Cloth and Championship Cloth. Give us a call with any questions you may have.

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Valentine's Day Celebration
Tue, Feb 14th, 2017

Each year on February 14th, many people exchange cards, sweets, gifts, or flowers with their special "valentine." Why not make this year different, make it a memory. After all memories last a lifetime. This Valentine's Day come take a tour at Golden West Billiards, play a game of pool in the billiard room, see how fine woods are molded into elegant pieces of furniture which have played a role in bringing people together for a very long time.

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Learn about Snooker
Thu, Feb 9th, 2017

International or "English" snooker is the most widely played form of snooker around the world. It is generally played on 6'x12' English billiard tables, with cushions that are more narrow than on pocket billiard tables and which curve smoothly into the pocket openings. 5 x 10 and snooker tables of even smaller playing dimensions may be used for the game. On a 6 x 12 snooker (English billiard) table the playing area within the cushion faces shall measure 11' 8.5" x 5' 10" with a tolerance on both dimensions of +/-0.5". The height of the table is measured from the floor to the top of the cushion rail, and the height shall measure 34" with an allowable variance of +/-0.5".

Balls Used: Set of Snooker balls: fifteen object balls that are not numbered and are solid red (called reds), six object balls of other colors that are not numbered (called colors) and a cue ball (called the white ball). Point values for object balls: red-1, yellow-2, green-3, brown-4, blue-5, pink-6, black-7. In International Snooker the balls used are 2-1/16" diameter.

The Rack: Play begins with the balls placed as in the diagram above. The pink is spotted on the Pyramid Spot. The apex ball of the triangle of reds is racked as close as possible to the pink without touching it.

Baulk-line and Baulk: A straight line drawn 29" from the face of the bottom cushion and parallel to it is called the Baulk-line and the intervening space termed the Baulk.

The Half Circle: The Half Circle is a semi-circle described in Baulk with its center at the middle of the Baulk-line and with a radius of 11.5". When the striker has cue ball in hand within the Half Circle he may place the base of the cue ball anywhere on the line or within the Half Circle, and may use his hand or any part of his cue (including the tip) to position the cue ball--as long as it is judged he is not attempting to play a stroke.

The object of the Game: To score a greater number of points than the opponent.

Scoring: Points are scored in two ways: players are awarded points for fouls by the opponent (see Penalties For Fouls below), and by legally potting reds or colors. Each legally potted red ball has a point value of one; each legally potted color ball has a point value as indicated (Balls Used above). A frame ends when all balls have been potted, following the Rules of Play; If, however, only the black (7) ball is left on the table, the frame ends with the first score or foul. If the players' scores are equal after that scoring, the black is spotted on its original position and the layers lag or draw lots for the choice of playing at, or assigning opponent to play at, the black ball with the cue ball in hand within the Half Circle, first score or foul then ends the frame.

Opening Break: Players lag or draw lots for choice of a break in the opening frame. In a match format, the players alternate the break in subsequent frames. Starting player has cue ball in hand within the Half Circle. He must cause the cue ball to contact a red ball. It is not necessary to send a ball to a rail or into a pocket. Failure to meet this requirement is a foul (see Penalties For Fouls) A foul is scored and--with all fouls--the incoming player has a choice of (1) accepting the table and becoming the striker, or (2) requiring the offender to break again.

Continue Reading for The Rules of Play, Fouls and so much more.

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Riley Billiard Tables for Snooker
Mon, Feb 6th, 2017

At Riley, we regard a handmade slate snooker table as a thing of beauty. This belief is as strong today as it was when the first table left our workshops over 114 years ago. To maintain our superlative standards, a careful and considerate selection of materials and painstaking attention to detail are crucial in our quest to hand-craft and install the finest tables in the world.

Riley is the World's best-known brand in snooker, having supplied the tables for a great number professional snooker tournaments throughout our history. Riley tables are crafted to the exacting standards demanded by the greatest snooker players that have ever graced the game, and we transfer all of this knowledge and experience when creating every table that leaves our factory. Accurate slate support; cushions carefully assembled using unique Riley techniques; simply the best snooker table available in the World today.

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Riley brings something extra to the snooker experience that's why we are proud to announce that Golden West Billiards is 1 of 4 authorized dealers located with-in the United States!

Please give us a call and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Happy Groundhog Day!
Thu, Feb 2nd, 2017

Groundhog day is a traditional holiday originating in the United States that is celebrated Today Feb 2nd. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then the spring season will arrive early, some time before the vernal equinox; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its den, and winter weather will persist for six more weeks.

Today is sunny so hopefully, we don't have six more weeks of winter weather. We are definitely looking forward to the warm weather.

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Learn about 1993's Groundhog Day Film

What Do You Know about the History of Woodworking?
Tue, Jan 31st, 2017

Check out this interesting article written by Tony Morgan as he breaks down the uses of woodworking throughout history.

Throughout ancient history until our modern era, every civilization in the world has used wood to create useful as well as beautiful and decorative objects.

We see examples of woodworking by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and Chinese. Many other ancient cultures around the world also practiced woodworking, employing many different styles and techniques.

Throughout ancient history until our modern era, every civilization in the world has used wood to create useful as well as beautiful and decorative objects.

We see examples of woodworking by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and Chinese. Many other ancient cultures around the world also practiced woodworking, employing many different styles and techniques.

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Helping the community by giving back
Thu, Jan 26th, 2017

Golden West proudly sponsored the local Clackamas little league T-ball team through the 2002'-2005' season. Offering them a pool table for the school auction as the team package.

Learn about the Clackamas Little League

Choosing A 1 or 3 Piece Slate Pool Table
Tue, Jan 24th, 2017

What is the difference between a pool table that is made with one-piece of slate and one that is made with three pieces of slate?

As you can imagine putting a pool table together can be very difficult. Here at Golden West we've specialized in building pool tables for over 50 years!

Over the years we have experimented with all kinds of ways to improve on our pool tables, some successful, and some, not so much. Although we have had some set back's we've learned to improve at each step. Leading us to produce the industry leading, quality products, you see today.

One of the many things we've experimented with in order to find the perfect recipe is slate.

" Whats better a 1 piece or a 3 piece slate table?"

This is where it gets complicated depending on who you ask you will get a different answer. So, we've created a pros and cons list.

1 Piece Slate:
+One piece slate tables don't have any seams!
-Can way upward of 450 pounds
-One piece slate can also become uneven due to warping or sag in the middle over time due to the weight.
-Less flexible
-Extremely difficult to move: pool table movers don't want to touch it.
Mostly used for coin-op tables found in bars or clubs

3 Piece Slate:
+ More accurate leveling
+ A fraction of the weight making moving easier
+ Does not sag over time
More common in larger tables
- Depending on the manufacturer's assembly method you might have slate gap or residue coming up through the cloth.

You see, there are many advantages to having a 3 piece slate table. Here at GWB we produce beautiful 3-piece Brazilian slate tables. We first level the table and proceed to fasten the slate onto the frame, then the gaps in-between each piece of slate are filled with grout and sanded down until it's so smooth you can't even tell there was a gap, grout is followed by the cloth, rail's and pockets.

The finished product becomes art with perfect geometric symmetry. The luxury design and the elegance it provides gives a room life calling anyone near to come play.

Give us a call to learn more.

Related articles:

Italian Slate vs Brazilian Slate: Which is Better?

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Hot Deals at Golden West
Thu, Jan 19th, 2017

Check out the hot deals you are eligible for when you purchase a Golden West Billiards pool table!

Premier Kling Accessory Kit
Billiard players of all skill levels will appreciate this quality pro-style set-up. Easy clean-up and allows for 4 people play.
$1250.00

(4) Two-piece Customs Cues
(1) Bridge Cue Shaft and Head
(1) Set of Belgian Aramith Pool Balls
(1) Triangle Rack
(1) 9 Ball Rack
(1) Pool Table Billiard Brush
*Including chalk which is matched to your pool table felt.

Deluxe Accessory Kit
This kit allows for teams which is a must for recreational users.
$300.00

(4) One-piece 57inch House Cues
(1) Bridge Cue Shaft and Head
(1) Set of Golden West House Balls
(1) Triangle Rack
*Including chalk which is matched to your pool table felt.

Standard Accessory Kit
This accessory kit comes with all the items you need to start playing right away.
$150.00

(2) One-piece 57inch House Cues
(1) Set of Golden West House Balls
(1) Triangle Rack
*Including chalk which is matched to your pool table felt.

Remember, If you are out of state but within the continental USA you can take advantage of our free shipping with a purchase of any billiard table!

Any questions please give us a call!

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Portland’s Snowstorm Raises Trouble
Tue, Jan 17th, 2017

The unexpected Portland snow storm that fell over a two day period hung around for nearly a week. Bringing Portland and surrounding areas nearly to a standstill.

The storm started on Tuesday the 10th through Wednesday the 11th. The records show that we received 8 inches at Portland International Airport and 11.8 inches in downtown, making it the biggest snowstorm in about 20 years.

Authorities closed down many roads and even the highly traveled interstate 84 in the Columbia River Gorge due to all the ice. A poor homeless man was found dead due to hypothermia, rescuers responded to roofs collapses in Hillsboro, school classes were canceled for a few days and even the Portland International Airport listed above three-dozen canceled flights and rerouted incoming flights over to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Here at Golden West we were closed for nearly a week, deliveries in and out of the factory where stopped, employees were snowed in and couldn't come to work and so, like many local business commitments were pushed back. The good news is that it's now Tuesday the 17th and the snow is finally starting to melt allowing everyone to resume their activities.

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