Hello again. I’m Justin Skaggs, lead stick maker at Skaggs Wood Works and curator of Wood Lacrosse Sticks and this is the Stick Maker Series. Today, I’d like to introduce Nick Underwood.
Nick Underwood: Stick Maker Series
“My name is Nick Underwood, and I’m from Sulphur, Oklahoma, and I’m part of the Chickasaw Nation. I’ve been making sticks off and on for about six years with Rick Greenwood, and this past year, I’ve been working under Clovis Hamilton. When I met Rick, we met playing basketball, and he talked to me a little bit about stickball. I didn’t know anything about it, and I saw him playing once, and then that’s when it became a part of… wanting to be part of the culture. And to know how to do something that my people used to do.”
“For me, [the importance of the sport] is just keeping it alive. It’s important to really pass those things on. I feel like [the sport of stickball] is on it’s way. I feel like it’s just the progression. You know it’s bound to happen, and things grow, so it’s only natural that the game grows itself and expands out not just within the native culture.”
Nick was one of the younger participants of the group, and really gave a great perspective on where the game is going. All in all, this has been an awesome experience and we will continue to share these amazing stick makers with you. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more content from the recent stick making combine that we held in Oklahoma. We’ve got more interviews, more sticks to highlight, and even more episodes of the Wood Shop Series. Thanks again for tuning into the Stick Maker Series from Wood Lacrosse Sticks. Remember to like, share and subscribe. Until next time, I’m Justin Skaggs. Take care. Keep LAXin’.