19th Century Style Longframe Wooden Lacrosse Stick - Handmade by Justin Skaggs -- FIRST EDITION
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19th Century Style Longframe Wooden Lacrosse Stick - Handmade by Justin Skaggs
The 1850s Style Longframe Lacrosse Stick is a snapshot, not only in time but of a region and people. I studied Sticks made by the Mohawks during this time and this is a replica of those. My mission is to make every lacrosse stick that history has managed to keep. I am proud of my progress but I know that it is only a dent.
These are my first editions. I made five and I have signed and numbered them. I'll be making these in the future, but I always take a moment to appreciate the first of any style I complete. Please allow for 2 weeks of finishing work. I started stringing these up but they are not fast items.
The mid-19th-century version of lacrosse was a vastly different game. Lacrosse sticks have always been in a state of constant evolution. Passing, catching and ball handling was a part of the game even then, however, what that looked like in the 19th century would be considered foreign to a modern player. For inspiration, I researched museum archives as well as paintings.
For your own research, you can look up item number 53-1-18 in the Penn museum archives, or item number 8792 at e-humanity.org. The book Little brother of war has useful illustrations and I cannot speak highly enough of Brian Larney who is the artist behind the piece titled American Indian Stickball Collection. His piece cuts through so much research and allows for a point of visual reference. You can acquire a print of that on his website just copy and paste this into your browser.
The pocket on this stick is made fully of deer hide. I replicated the materials as best I could so that the stick I build for you matches the specification of the stick-built in the 1800’ds. The head is also far larger than the handle on this large 53-inch stick. There is a unique hook exposed on the end of the head, and an elongated bevel that makes for an expressive face. All of this was functional in the style of play during that era.
It is an honor to have been granted the ability to follow my mission and passion. I thank all of you for the chance to build these amazing pieces. I want to thank the cultures who invented the game and all of the stick makers who kept history alive throughout the ages. Without them, I would not be here.