Welcome to the second update on my Choctaw stickball sticks project. My name is Justin Skaggs from Wood Lacrosse Sticks. Here, we are going to his cover the bending jig to flare out the stickball sticks. I call it “The Spine.” In my right hand, I have the first edition Choctaw stickball sticks. I always keep old stock for experimenting as I move forward, and I knew I was going to make some adjustments, so I kept a couple of these. What I’m gonna do is modify these so they’re as close to correct as they can be so I can experiment with this jig. If this works, then I’m going to go ahead and create new staves and go through the trouble of making these accurate.
First things first, I have to modify this stick so it is actually going to give me a real representation of how the spine works. I’m going to cut this down and I’m going to make these cups a lot longer. Then, I’m going to put a hose clamp on it, which will create an effect where the base is braced, so when the stick is bent forward, it’s bending as if the base is one solid piece. A lot of this information is coming from some my friends on social media, Brenner Billy and Clovis Hamilton. Remember to give them a follow. They are very talented stick makers, making them in the traditional fashion, and they’ve also taken a lot of time to give me this information in order to bridge my gap from novice to something a little bit more experienced.
When I’m done steaming them and think they’re ready, I’m going to place the cup on the top and brace the front and back ends of it to the bottom of the spine, which I’m then going to lift up off the table. That’s gonna allow me to adjust how much pressure is there and where the pressure is in an attempt to create a proper flare. So, in this experiment, obviously, I’ve lost a couple. I can already see some breaks that I don’t like, but there are some promising results from a few of these sticks that we’ve put through the test.
I’m gonna come back in Episode 3, analyze what I like and what I don’t like, and if I feel like I can move forward, I’m gonna start developing the staves in the appropriate fashion and to the appropriate size.