Welcome to the RedStar Hardware Challenge for the second String League Competition of Season 2! This one really pushes the boundaries of creative stringing!
The original lacrosse stick materials were sourced from nature, and components such as animal hide, hickory, and other organic materials were used exclusively. The originators of this art form used what was available to them, and made the best crosse they could. Tom Ledin from Red-Star Lacrosse has pressed our String Leaguers’ ability to be resourceful. The goal was to see what they could come up with when all of the familiar tools of the trade were taken from them.
The Hardware Store Challenge provided both opportunities and hindrances. The goal was to make a pocket entirely out of supplied found at any Home Depot or Lowes. As our contestants showed us, there were many materials were suitable for the construction of a lacrosse pocket. Chains, wires, and even flashlights were used to build out one of a kind, never before seen lacrosse pockets. There was a seemingly endless array of supply choices and design options, and all five contestants put forth impressive entries. Of course they did, these guys are all SUPERB stringers!
This task was in no way made easier by the surplus of creative materials. The problem of making the pocket functional loomed over every String Leaguer, and while it is safe to say that every one of our Final Five succeeded, we can see that it took a great deal of ingenuity to do so. There are no standard ways to connect these pieces together, nor is there any standard way to secure the pocket to the head.
When reviewing such a project, take the time to look at how the parts connect to one another, and finally how the pocket connects to the head itself. This is the true test of skill. Look closely, because you have never seen anything like it before.
RedStar Hardware Challenge Video
At the end of contest #2, Tom Ledin has left the leader board close to how he found it. @FLstringger is representing Florida by pulling a little further into the lead, while @Richie_b_77 and @lacrosse_works stand tied, both having a silver and bronze. With a gold being work 9 points the tables can easily turn, and the contest is not even half way over.
With Stylin Strings coming up next week, Frank (Frankie Fingers) Stanley will see how they adapt to the ever changing world of lacrosse mesh. It is time to see how they handle the STX knot Mesh. Check out older episodes of String League Season 2 HERE!