Thanks for coming back to the wood shop today! If you missed our first installment of our new series, I want to highly encourage you to look back at week one with stringing extraordinaire Chris Deal. My guest in the shop today is Travis Sandin, also known as the man that puts the red beard in Red Beard Lacrosse.
Hailing from New Jersey (talk to him for a minute and you’ll know it), Travis is easily in the top tier of pocket stringers. I’ve always respected his efforts to grow the game and spread what he knows to the younger generation.
I invited him into the wood shop so that he could bend his own Twig, but before we got to that, I needed to finish up some balls that I was working on before he showed up… so I took an opportunity for free labor.
Woodshop Series: Red Beard Lacrosse – Sharing Knowledge
Justin Skaggs: So, my first question for you is… I played field lacrosse my entire life. You’re a box goalie by trade. So, I just want you to explain to me why it’s a difficult position.
Red Beard: I finally felt I had a chance against good offensemen… Even though I’m massive, I’m wearing 65 pounds worth of gear. My helmet alone weighs 8 pounds, which is the same weight of my own head, so it’s double the head. Your reaction time gets a little quicker, but you’re really just throwing your body out…
We left the lacrosse balls to dry while we went outside and started the steaming process.
JS: So, you get bored doing what? Stringing the same thing every time?
RB: I get bored stringing the stick that every kid wants.
JS: What’s the stick that every kids wants?
RB: I want a high pocket with no whip, low hold…
JS: That’s 100% true. Like, ‘You don’t understand, that’s physically not how that works.’
RB: ‘I want a ball that drops below the pocket, and I want a cheater string’. I’m like, ‘You’re, like, 9. How do you know what a cheater string is?’ ‘Well, I know what that is, and I want it like this.’ ‘Like, well, you’ve gotta work with me. Here’s a mid-pocket. Go.’ ‘Oh, I love it.’ You know? And a lot of what parents tell me their coaches want them to have, you know, I try to persuade them like, ‘Hey. He’s 6. He doesn’t need this. I can string him something that’s very easy to work with and easy to develop his skills with.’
As always, we make it and then we give it away. It feels good to not only craft something with your own two hands, but sharing it with members of our community who will appreciate it is why we do it in the first place.
Remember to click here and follow the instructions on the @LaxAllStars Instagram if you want to win this custom Red Beard Lacrosse Twig in our giveaway!
You better believe we will be back in just 7 days with our third Woodshop Series guest. Trust me, if you love custom lacrosse gear, it’s a MUST that you join us next week for Episode 3 with Kacy Small, the man behind Cruz World Customs!