I started making sticks in 2013. Within a year, I made the twig. Throughout the years, it’s been important to me that I experiment with the craft. For years, I’ve been working on field and box sticks via private orders, but about a year ago, I finally felt confident enough to make my field stick. I started building these first edition field sticks almost a year ago from some logs that were harvested just north of Hershey, Pennsylvania. This has proven to be, as all the stick makers had promised, a long road. It took six years to be able to consistently make sticks that I am proud of. And now that I’ve gotten to that place I want to show everyone the full-size field stick from Skaggs Woodworks.
This model stick is representative of the sticks used in the 1960s and 1970s. It has a tapered handle, an authentic rawhide gut-wall and a coiled ball stop. The angles on the bends are sharp and the scoop is broad and flat. The wooden sidewall is shaved down for balance and the pocket is deep and channeled. The weight of the head drops down below your hand, creating a feeling of control similar to offset lacrosse heads. These are the first 10 I’ve made, and I numbered them as I finished.
In my mind, I have the next five years of projects lined up, including a full-bend box stick. It’s important to me that I set and accomplish these personal goals. I respect and appreciate all of the help and support of the First Nation’s people in teaching me and a younger generation to keep this craft alive. It really has been a long road, and I hope to keep walking it, making stick from different regions historical eras as I continue to grow.