BILLIARD' BALLS

Here is the difference between carom, american, snooker and pool balls.

Diameter:

Carom

61.5 mm

diamètre bille de carambole

Américan

57.2 mm

diamètre bille d'américain

Snooker

52.4 mm

diamètre bille de snooker

Pool

50.8mm

diamètre bille de pool

Weight:

Carom

209 g

poids bille de français

Américan

162 g

poids bille billard américain

Snooker

127 g

poids bille billard snooker

Pool

116 g

poids bille billard pool

IVORY BALL

Fabrication:

The billiard ball was made of ivory from elephant tusks.
Today, ivory is forbidden.

The following video gives informations about the manufacturing process:

bille ivoire

Description:

Veining on the surface of the balls was representative of the growth of the elephant tusk.

billes de billard - ivoire

boule en ivoire en gros plan

Some minor problems can be taken into consideration:

  • When time goes by, ivory balls seemed to elongate, due to the tusk's nerve still active. Then the balls became oval.
  • An elephant tusk was not always constant in the distribution of the masses. Some balls were relatively unbalanced.
  • Sphericity was not perfect, they could deviate from their initial course

ACTUAL BALLS

The composite balls :

The balls are made of composite by the company SALUC.

French billiard balls are divided into several categories:

  • 3 ball: one red ball, a white ball and a yellow or spot ball
  • The quality may be normal or superior
  • one of them with a colored spot, or multiple spots, for better visualization of the spin.

bille  de billard - Aramith composite

bille  de billard - Aramith composite

Thermic stress:

This video shows the thermic stress withstanded by a billiard ball:



MANIPULATION

Storage :

In the past, there was rack to store French Ball Billiard with time counter included:

rangement billes billard

rangement billes billard

rangement billes billard



View with details:

Washing :

There is an example of washing machine for french billiard ball.

The balls are brewed in a cabin in which we introduce some special cleaning fluid.


machine - lavage billes  de billard

machine - nettoyage billes de billard

machine - polissage billes de billard

OTHER BALLS

Russian' game balls :


For the russian billiard, the balls' diameter is 47 MM:

billes de billard russe

Bowling' game balls

For this game, the balls' diameter is 48 MM and the jack's diameter is 38 MM.

billes de billard pétanque

Fantasy balls:

Here are 3 types of balls:
  • Ivory ball with drawning
  • Politic balls for american' billiard
  • Black balls for carom game








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