To get excited for the PLL season starting this weekend, as if you needed more help, I’m turning the focus to a great young talent, Sergio Salcido of Chrome LC. Before he joined the club in the offseason, Salcido joined me on the first episode of Season 2 of the Woodshop Series.
Sergio left a major footprint at Syracuse. Now, he’s an STX-sponsored athlete, and a top scorer in the PLL. It was a great opportunity to talk to him about the transition, and give a bit of a lesson as to where the game came from. He also shed a bit of light on his training regimen and short history with traditionally-strung lacrosse sticks.
The Florida native swung through my shop to learn a little bit about the stick making process and what came out of it was a beautiful field lacrosse stick with bootlace pocket strung up by Salcido himself.
Make to follow Sergio Salcido (@SergioSalcido48) as he works to turn things around for the Chrome LC squad.
Sergio Salcido: Woodshop Series S02E01
Salcido: So, you go through the entire process of making a stick, and you get down to the final aspects of it… [If] something goes wrong,… what do you do with the reminder of the stick? Do you throw it out? Do you salvage the resources?
Skaggs: There’s gonna be different things inside the wood, like a knot inside of a tree, that can ruin your stick and you won’t even see it coming, but when it gets to that point, it’s just part of the process. You just ruined a stick.
There are a couple of people in Philly with old, Benjamin Franklin fire stoves, and the lady upstairs has one, so it becomes heat for your house. There are also a couple of people in the city that like to make canes, and if it can turn into a cane for an old person, that’s a cool, sweet use of it, but it really all depends of how damaged it is.
I had to step outside to make sure the sticks were steaming well, so I had Sergio sit down with Rich to learn how to string a traditional pocket.
Snow: So, have you ever strung a traditional before?
Salcido: I have never strung a traditional before, no. TRIED, and did not succeed.
Snow: So, I heard Gary [Gait] came up and was trying to teach you guys at some point?
Salcido: Yeah, when I was in school, we got to the locker room, and there was like, probably 10 different STX sticks in our lockers that were strung up traditional. We had no clue where they came from, and I guess one of the guys had talked to him about getting us some leather sticks, so he strung them up, gave them to us, tried it in a practice, and that was the last time I tried it in a practice… (laughs)
Salcido is a great young talent and I’m really excited to watch him continue to play at the highest level. I appreciate him coming into the shop and getting his hands dirty. Watch him with Chrome LC on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET against Chaos LC on NBC Sports Network.