Introducing the Walnut Box Pro. A limited-edition series of 5 sticks.
Available September 4th at noon.
The Box Pro is made by Justin Skaggs, Skaggs Woodworks, who is a non-indigenous stick-maker in Philadelphia, PA. It is made in the likeness of sticks made throughout history. Although Skaggs Woodworks' sticks are made from Hickory trees, this one is made from Walnut. Each stick is handcrafted over the course of many months.
Walnut is significantly lighter than the other woods that I have on my list and therefore the most difficult bend without breaking. I decided to begin on the far end of the spectrum when it comes to difficulty. Most of my trials in life have proven to follow the “baptism by fire” mantra whether I like it or not, and I have grown to be accustom to this. I find that I learn the most when things are breaking, snapping or all together failing. We adjusted the cook time, pressures, and the shape of the staves themselves.
The result was beautiful.
This Tree was Harvested in Lutherville Maryland on the land of Thomas M. Bruggman. As repayment for his effort, I have made an unfinished stick for he and his son to carve.
Beauty over strength. Lightness over force. This stick is not going to be used in the Mann cup any time soon, as top athletes would shatter it. While it is likely that the stick too fragile for the most aggressive of play, it is a very functional non the less. I see these sticks in the hands of coaches and teachers. I see the people who grow the game carrying this rare Crosse in the hopes that some one asks them to explain our game.
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