Our guest in the shop on today’s Woodshop Series episode is Kyle Harrison. Kyle is one of the most accomplished lacrosse players living today. He’s also an ambassador for the sport, which is a job description that he has defined himself by spreading the game, growing it every chance he gets, and really appearing wherever the sport needs him to appear.
Kyle got an opportunity that I don’t usually give people. Today we’re bending a full sized box lacrosse stick. It’s a general bend, and one of the easier bends, so I wanted to make sure that something came out nice, crisp and clean for Kyle. I was actually cleaning out last year’s inventory, so he got the chance to split the log for his own stick.
Kyle Harrison: Woodshop Series Season 2, Episode 2 — Excerpt
Justin Skaggs: The biggest misunderstanding with the actual steam bending is that it’s the moisture that does what it needs to do. It’s actually just a conduit for heat. You’re literally melting the wood. You’re not, you know, making it soggy to the point where it bents. You can go down that road, but then, it’s like 7 or 8 months to dry.
While the stick was cooking in the steamer, I wanted Rich to teach Kyle what it was like to string with gutwall. I know he’s not necessarily a stringer, but no one uses gutwall, so this is gonna be something unique and something that not a lot of people get an opportunity to do.
Justin Skaggs: So, what made you want to come in?
Kyle Harrison: Well, for starters, I’ve obviously always seen wood sticks, but never understood how they’re made, outside of what I see quickly on social media, so that part was intriguing, understanding the history of the game. How sticks are created and made at the beginning is really dope, but as a kid, my dad played with a wooden stick…
JS: ’Til when?
KH: I don’t know, years…
JS: High school or something?
KH: Yeah, definitely high school at the beginning, then he used STX’s first plastic stick and we still have that one hanging in the house…. This is cool. I think probably everybody at some point who plays lacrosse should do this, right?
JS: I’d like to give that kind of opportunity, cause right now, I mean, working with Penn and things like that could bring young kids in here to this, so if they don’t want to make lacrosse sticks, I mean, then at least they know what it’s like to make something.
KH: Yeah, 100%. I think this is actually like a good starting point, I think
JS: Oh, yeah, because it’s abstract as hell.
KH: Yeah, yeah. When you’re introducing kids to the sport, this is a good place to start.
JS: Yeah, after this, you can definitely make a table. (laughs)
It was an honor to have Kyle in the wood shop. And, to be honest, it’s an honor to have Kyle wherever he is. He grows the game, and truly cares about the sport and the next generation that’s going to play it.
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