I’ve always found that the fastest way for me to grow the game is to open my doors, and today, we have all-stars Trevor Baptiste and Matt Rambo of the PLL and NLL.
If you’ve never been around on a Wednesday, welcome to the woodshop. I’m a stick maker in Philadelphia and from time to time, I like to bring in players, artists and other awesome people from the lacrosse community to show them what I do here. We’ve documented plenty of these interactions and have rolled them out as our Woodshop Series.
Since we’re dealing with two big professional lacrosse talents and two big personalities, we’re gonna split this into a two-part episode. I set up the steamer before they got here, but we still needed a bit more time to cook. We took them over to the workbench, and Rich taught them how to string a Twig, the smaller version of what we planned to work on.
Whenever I bring people into the woodshop, it’s difficult to give them the proper experience in the typical order of how we do things. I tried to explain that, obviously, you would split a log before you carve, but when you’re cooking things and putting things into steam, it can take quite a bit of time.
Trevor Baptiste, Matt Rambo: Woodshop Series S03E01
After the stick stringing lesson with Rich, it was time to bend their first sticks. It’s a very delicate process. You can’t do two at once. First up was Trevor Baptiste. Both of them bent box sticks, and I thought that bending a stick with bark would be a cool experience for them, as it’s a more traditional process. It’s something special that I like to do with people in my woodshop, particularly for the Woodshop Series. Plus, it was the fall and I was hoping that bending a box stick would send out some good vibes during their upcoming box lacrosse season.
Having these two in the office was really fun. It paralleled the same type of banter that me and everyone else that works here has. You can really tell that they’re teammates, and that the Philadelphia Wings have brought them together for a common goal. As a fellow Philadelphian, I’m really excited to see these to play in the National Lacrosse League.
Next was the log splitting. Now, I don’t usually take the top players of pro lacrosse and allow them to swing an axe because it’s a liability issue, but these guys really wanted to have the experience of splitting a log. I took a shorty and took them outside to show them what’s up.
Trevor Baptiste, Matt Rambo: Woodshop Series S03E02
Then we got over to the carving bench, and I tried to teach them how to use a drawknife.
While walking around the shop, one of the guys noticed my full bend. It’s not something that I usually put out there, because I just don’t have the time to make a lot of them. It’s still a very new product for me. I really appreciated that they identified what it was and were interested in checking it out.
Make sure you guys follow Trevor Baptiste (@trevorbaptiste9) and Matt Rambo (@rattmambo) this year through the PLL and NLL. This was one of the better days I’ve had in the woodshop and I’m glad to re-share it with you. It was cool to let my hair down and not have to stress too much about what I was making.
Stay tuned for future looks into past Woodshop Series as we create more in 2020.
Until then, take care and keep laxin’.