What’s going on, everybody? I’m Justin Skaggs, the stick maker here at WoodLacrosseSticks.com and I’m proud to bring you The Color Series.
For those of you who don’t know, my first initial business in lacrosse was Stylin’ Strings, where I had access to all the dye and all the string I could ever want. I made my dream stick and that was a stick that I called “Caroline.” I still have Caroline to this day, and I wanted to make the first edition of the Color Series to mimic that stick that I care so much about.
The main visual component of the Color Series is going to be the hand-dyed gut walls. Most colored gut walls are artificial, but I wanted to take the time and actually dye the organic material to make you guys authentic dyed bovine gut walls. I decided to go with Carolina Blue, so we had a monochromatic feel, and I really like the way black pops on the Carolina Blue. We broke it up with a very clean white shooter just for some contrast, and then, we minted a one-off blue W tree as my maker’s mark on the top.
I’m going to make five of these, but I’m actually going to keep one. Every April, I do an April stick, which is the anniversary of the first time that I bent a field stick, and I keep them all so I can track my progress over the years, and hopefully by the time 20 years pass, I’ll have a much better understanding of my pathway as a stick maker. So, remember, there will be four of these available on my website. The link is down below. I’m not going to be making blue again, but if you guys want to leave comments on this video or DM me with what colors you’d like to see in the future, maybe we will do another Color Series, but this was a real treat and a real opportunity for me to get into the wood shop and do something creative.
Also, I want to give a special shout-out to Stringers Society. They sent me a DM asking, “Hey, have you ever done a colored gut wall?” I responded, “Yeah,” but then, I realized that I had never done that as an actual project, so it was a really great motivator to get this done. Until next time, guys, I appreciate all the support. Take care and keep laxin’.