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Brooklyn Lacrosse Fundraiser at Burton Snowboards

When I first arrived at the event and took it all in, the only thought in my head was that It’s a really cool way to grow the game. When you look at the situation that was set up, Burton really didn’t lose anything. Brooklyn Lacrosse only had to invest their time and all I had to do was pack up and show up at an event that was already planned. Everything was a reflection of the community, and both companies came together, proving themselves to be a company that shows that it’s easy to create a unique vibe that is still profitable for a charity organization.

I brought my last three First Edition Field Lacrosse Sticks for the weekend’s trip and ended up drumming up a great amount of interest for the new product. Wood Lacrosse Sticks took part in the charitable sentiments, giving a donation themselves. A portion of all of our sales were donated to the organization as well as a Twig that was donated to be a part of their raffle.

Brooklyn Lacrosse is an organization founded in the summer of 2012. Ever since it’s inception, the company has shown an ever-expanding attitude, moving forward with great purpose from a small club putting on local clinics to an incredibly successful program for hundreds of young lacrosse players, both boys and girls. If you’d like to learn more about Brooklyn Lacrosse, visit them at brooklynlacrosse.org.

I’ve got to say that this is one of my favorite trips in recent memory. This really unique opportunity to come to New York and attend a private event for this great program brought out the best in all of us, with the young players especially bringing a great amount of energy and enthusiasm to the proceedings. This fantastic experience has only further motivated me to continue my mission to spread knowledge and appreciation for the game.

Field Stick by Skaggs Wood Works

I started making sticks in 2013. Within a year, I made the twig. Throughout the years, it’s been important to me that I experiment with the craft. For years, I’ve been working on field and box sticks via private orders, but about a year ago, I finally felt confident enough to make my field stick. I started building these first edition Field sticks almost a year ago from some logs that were harvested just North of Hershey PA. This has proven, as all the stick makers had promised, to be a long road. It took 6 years to be able to consistently make sticks that I am proud of. And now that I’ve gotten to that place I want to show everyone the Full size Field Stick from Skaggs Woodworks.

This model stick is representative of the sticks used in the 1960s and 1970s. It has a tapered handle, an authentic rawhide gutwall, and a coiled ball stop. The angles on the bends are sharp and the scoop is broad and flat. The wooden sidewall is shaved down for balance and the pocket is deep and channeled. The weight of the head drops down below your hand, creating a feeling of control similar to offset lacrosse heads. These are the first 10 I’ve made and I numbered them as I finished.

In my head, I have the next 5 years of projects lined up, including a full-bend box stick. It’s important to me that I set and accomplish these personal goals. I respect and appreciate all the help and support of the First Nation’s people in teaching me and a younger generation to keep this craft alive. It really has been a long road, and I hope to keep walking it, making stick from different regions historical eras as I continue to grow.

 

Paper Lacrosse! The New Micro Lacrosse Stick Tabletop Game is Here…

Welcome to my latest work… Paper Lacrosse!

Well, less work, more play. Not really a groundbreaking invention, but a reworking of the classic wheel. It all began when I decided to make micro lacrosse sticks as ornaments and souvenirs. They were popular among our younger customers at festivals and events, and became a part of our holiday decorating last December.

Then, one day, as some of my woodworkers and I played with the sticks during lunch, we realized that this is what these sticks should be used for. We shared stories of slingshots and tech deck skateboards, harkening back to our childhoods, playing with handheld toys. It became obvious to us that this is the ultimate goal of Wood Lacrosse Sticks – to spread culture and have fun.

Using a jigsaw, I cut the shape out of a slab of wood and sanded the corners down. Then, I used a tiny drill bit to make the holes. The sticks are about 5 inches, and the holes are so small, that we use a needle and thread to put in the hand strung pockets made of artificial sinew. One half of paper lacrosse complete.

On to the hard part: the ball.

Just kidding. We crumpled up half a sticky note to make our mini lacrosse balls. Just for clarity, you and your partner must choose how big each goal will be, this part is up to you!

No access to wooden sticks but want a quick game? A couple of creative ways you can make micro lacrosse sticks to play paper lacrosse is to use a pencil and a paper clip, or use a plastic spoon. As long as you can make a stick, you can play.

While the micro lacrosse sticks are cool souvenirs, the best part was making them. I encourage everyone to make their own sticks out of other materials, and share your creations with us via Instagram. Remember to tag @woodlacrossesticks and use the hashtag #PAPERLAX. This is my gift to those who live lacrosse 24/7.

Regardless of where you are, break out a game of paper lacrosse and GROW THE GAME (while avoiding annoying your teachers/parents/coaches)!

How It’s Made: Laser Engraving Wooden Lacrosse Sticks

My laser engraving machine is one of my favorite tools that I have in the studio. I treat the process like a modern stick maker would treat dye art. I have just started to scratch the surface of this art form, and I would like to thank Andy Deardorf ver at Ripwood Lacrosse Shafts for the education he has given me.

Full Spectrum makes the laser engraving tool I use – It is an American made product, which I always try to support. I also like being able to call customer service. I do not think I am smart enough to operate a laser on my own. Being able to admit that to myself will probably prevent me from burning down my office!

My first project came from the Danish Lacrosse team. I now have one of their official hoodies as a personal thank you for engraving these bad boys.

Most of the ideas that come my way are able to be produced.  On the left is a TWIG made for Josh Hawkins from the Boston Cannons. On the right is a stick I sent off to Colin and Samir to congratulate them on their new YouTube channel. I was still learning when I tried to engrave Hawkin’s signature. The fine print messed me up at first.

The heat of the laser gives off two different colors. On the right is my high school coach’s son Theodore. His stick was burnt with the laser a bit to high, resulting in the darkened letters.

Women’s Traditional Lacrosse Stick Review

Today, we’re going to review the brand new Women’s Lacrosse Stick from Traditional Lacrosse.

 

 

For the last couple of years, no one’s been making women’s sticks. Hattersley’s was an English company that was making them and the last sticks were the Challengers, which were quality sticks with unique sidewall structures. Traditional Lacrosse wanted to fill that void and make sure that the women’s game still had support and still got to have an outlet for a traditional women’s stick. In addition to that, women’s sticks are actually still legal in many forms of play. If you’d like to find out, bypass your coach and ask a referee directly.

These were made to specs from the US Lacrosse Rulebook. They have a polyurethane sidewall which is actually better because it doesn’t get as temperamental in the weather. This is probably the 4th or 5th rendition of this stick, so it’s made more in the likeness of a Patterson. Patterson was a famous stick maker in the 70s and made a large portion of the women’s lacrosse sticks from that time. The reason we went with that model is because it’s very popular and very common to find used sticks made by Patterson. The profile shape and the gutwall placement of this women’s lacrosse stick are both reminiscent of that style.

The main difference between the men’s stick and the women’s stick is that the frame is thinner in order to take the weight down. In addition, the shaft is much thinner than a modern women’s lacrosse stick, and that’s to run in line with the Patterson sticks, so it’s a much more traditional feel. It does carry the ball better than most people expect, but obviously, it’s not going to have as much hold, so there’s a trade-off on everything, but if you’re playing with this stick, it’s likely for the nostalgia of playing with something from the past.

These are available on woodlacrossesticks.com, and I am very proud of Traditional Lacrosse for producing what, at this current time, is the only women’s lacrosse stick in production. Until next time, thank you for watching woodlacrossesticks.com. Take care. Keep  laxin’.

1912 Lacrosse Trading Cards

Sports and advertising have gone hand in hand for centuries. Companies of all types have aligned themselves with different sports teams to promote their products. Look no further than these lacrosse trading cards from 1912 for proof!

The other day, we stumbled across a product even we hadn’t known about. Turns out that in the early 1910s, Imperial Tobacco Canada released a series of cigarette cards featuring the premiere lacrosse players of the day. And yes, I said Imperial Tobacco.

Featuring names like Newsy Lalonde, Mickey Ions, and Clint Benedict, these vintage collectibles represent a bygone era, not just in Canadian Lacrosse, but in sports marketing in general. These days, we’d never see a sponsor like this, but back then, it wasn’t out of place for a tobacco company to sponsor athletes.

Recently, a newly ignited interest in cards of the type has led to their resurgence on different online shopping sites. Each black and white card includes an image of the player, their name, and their team, with New Westminster, Ottawa, and Tecumseh being featured among others. Pictured below is a selection of the 50 card set of 1912 C61 Imperial Tobacco Black and White Lacrosse Cards.

Those interested in vintage collectibles, as well as lacrosse memorabilia, could appreciate this slice of history. It goes without saying that Canada has a deep, storied history with the sport of lacrosse, and items like these help flesh out our views of the sport during the turn of the century. Luckily, with Upper Deck releasing its own line of MLL cards, the production and collection of lacrosse trading cards is a tradition that still lives on to this day.

3 Types of The Game

A common misconception is that one form of lacrosse came from the another. There are multiple distinct forms of the game played in different geographical areas. Here are 3 types of lacrosse played across North America.  You can purchase Jim Calder’s book by clicking here.

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Women’s Sticks are now Available

We are proud to bring you the first women’s stick in production since Hattersley stopped production in 2014. It didn’t seem right that we would let half of the lacrosse playing world go without wooden sticks (more…)

Stick Stories: Frank and the Cranberry Victoria

My favorite thing about working on old wooden lacrosse sticks is the history they carry. Each cross comes with their own well aged story. As I rip the rotten hide out from the fragile wooden frame, I remember a time before cell phones, Instagram, and the internet. (more…)

Company Review by Red-Star Lacrosse

Lacrosse enthusiast Red-Star gives you the rundown on his experience with Wood Lacrosse Sticks.

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