Having a rare wooden STX stick like this make its way into my office was a real treat. A customer wanted a couple of women’s sticks repaired, but I didn’t expect to see something of this sort. I hadn’t seen one of these since a friend of mine and I came across one at Peak 9 in Breckenridge a few years ago in an antiques shop sitting on a rack. The woman selling it actually thought it was a rug beater!
This item likely dates back to the early 1970s, and I’d assume it’s made out of hickory, but I can’t be 100% sure. Repairing old lacrosse sticks is nothing new to me. I’ve had a few old school Cranbarry sticks in the shop, but this wooden STX stick is one that I find very interesting. One thing I found particularly interesting was the existence of a wooden STX stick itself. I’ll explain.
STX itself is a subsidiary of a fabrics and fiber company named William T. Burnett. They, along with Brine, are credited with creating the first competent plastic heads. Original plastic heads tended to be too brittle or too rubbery, so It was a long road with a lot of failures. Eventually, over time, but they beat out all their competitors and created a plastic posit that we still use today.
Another reason why it’s impressive to see the brand of STX on a wooden stick is that the 70s were, in fact, a rough time for traditional stick makers as the industry rapidly moved in a very different direction, but that’s a story for another time. If I had to take a guess, I’d say this stick was made by someone on a reservation and rebranded, and I found that unique enough to pass onto you guys. This was an important project to me, and I took extra care making sure that the original labels and logos weren’t damaged during the process, because who knows when an item this rare will enter the shop again.