Gear Stringing Traditional

Traditional Thursday: My Recent Work

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Towards the end of the college season, work picked up to the point that I couldn’t string as much as I’d like to, but now that things are slowing down just a little bit, I’ve found the time to dial just a couple of sticks… here’s a look at some of the heads I’ve been stringing:

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That’s a big batch of heads I strung up, and then sent back to a friend of mine who works at Warrior. Seven of the eight are very basic traditional set ups, but there is NOTHING wrong with that. I’ll take one over mesh any day!

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A Rattlers-themed Brine Clutch Elite. Came out great with a nice low to mid pocket.

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A leather and synthetic mash-up for Chuck Richardson of EvoShield, down in Georgia. He gave away all his sticks when he was in Jamaica GTGing, so I’m hooking him up with a sweet traditional number. Seems more than fair.

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This head has an absolutely perfect traditional bag on it. Ball moves around nicely, and it throws consistently. This could be my new gamer. Came out very well! The dye isn’t to shabby either.

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An evolved Pita for Chris Tiernan, where I used his waterproof leathers to run the track down the middle. I used toplace for the other “leathers” on the sides, and it creates a serious channel in the pocket. This pocket is also of the removable type, so if Chris breaks that Reebok head, he can easily move the pocket to another stick.

I’ll be back next week with more READER QUESTIONS, and some tips and tricks for you to try at home. I’m also working on a standard six to eight diamond traditional tutorial. It’s not THE way, but it’s A way, and it’s a pretty darn good way at that!

Check out our Traditional Thursday Archive for much more on the art of leather and lace. And don’t forget to take a look at the 2013 College Lacrosse All Traditional Team!

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About the author

Connor Wilson

Connor is the Publisher of LacrosseAllStars.com. He lives in Brooklyn with his better half, continues to play and coach both box and field lacrosse in NYC as much as possible, and covers the great game that is lacrosse full-time. He spends his spare time stringing sticks and watching Futurama.

15 Comments

  • What is that “synthetic” leather? What are the benefits and drawbacks to it? Where can I get some?

    It’s stiffer than leather, holds the side of the pocket very nicely. cross lace moves a bit more on it, since it never cinches like leathers do, but such is life. Stringer’s Shack in Mass makes the ones I’ve been using. they have quality leathers as well as cross lace and sidewall.

  • i have a question, how do you tie your leathers at the bottom?

    It varies person to person, but generally, you go UP through the head, not DOWN through the head.

  • What are the differences and advantages between a pita and a traditional pocket, besides the way they are strung?

    The main differences between a pita and a traditional pocket have to do with the channeling done by the leathers. With a traditional, you can get somewhat of a channel with the two leathers in the middle but it won’t be clearly defined. The advantage of a pita pocket is that the track in the middle helps to create the channel as well as through the use of the outside leathers. Both have a good amount of hold when strung correctly. For me I find the pita easier to string, as everything is perfectly symmetrical on both sides, as opposed to a traditional where they’re using the same interlocking to create the diamonds, but they aren’t the same on both sides. They both require a larger amount of maintenance than mesh, but they’re about the same when compared to one another. It really boils down to preference and what you want out of your pocket. Hope that helped.

  • Would you ever make a traditional tutorial like you did for the pita and two leather on youtube? They both were great and I was wondering if a regular traditional would be a possibility, thanks.

  • Would you ever make a traditional tutorial like you did for the pita and two leather on youtube? They both were great and I was wondering if a regular traditional would be a possibility, thanks.

    YES! Will be working on this soon! Thanks Jack.

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