I was looking back at some old footage of me chopping logs the way I used to do it, and it was very interesting for me to see that I don’t do it that way anymore. Being in Philadelphia doesn’t give me the opportunity to burn my wood scraps, so that’s all going to waste. Finding storage locations in a city environment is hard. It’s almost impossible to move large logs conveniently.
So, I changed my process and I studied with some furniture makers and I found some new ways to effectively cut and process the logs down to what it is I needed. I’ve limited my waste down to 70% from year one to year now, which is 5 years’ difference. I’ve also found that wood splitting is usually much easier in the winter when the sap is frozen. It’s important to have a sharp axe to start the cut, and after a few cracks with a mallet, you’ll star to see a split. From there, you can use wedges to finish your cut, but be cautious, because one the wood splits, it may become a projectile. I even broke my axe once while using a wooden mallet.
It’s really interesting to see how I’ve changed what I’ve been doing, to be more effective, and every stick maker makes their sticks slightly different, and I’ve found a more ecologically friendly way to do it. Looking back, it’s always entertaining to see how far people progress. Maybe someday I’ll be able to perfect my new process. But for the time being, I’ll keep working at it. If you’d like to see this process in depth, check out my article on the Making of The Twig, and if you’d like to purchase some of these items, check out the Wood Lacrosse Sticks website. Take care. Keep Laxin’.