Native American Lacrosse stick

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Project by rustfever posted 08-12-2013 09:31 PM 3056 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My 18 YO grandson asked to come to the shop and make a Lacrosse stick in the manner of a Native American Lacrosse ‘Stick’. Being dumb, I said ‘Sure’ we could do that. Well, let me tell you, there is a lot to bending Kiln Dried White Oak to a 3” R. I manage to do it, but that is another story. I’ll deal with that some time in the future.

So, out of the steam box and into the banding strap and around the jig we went. It took us 12 minutes to complete each bend. We were able to bend three excellent stick on three seperate days.

Jonathan spent five days in the shop, each day over 8 hours, and never complained. I taught himself the Draw Knife, Spoke Shave, and how to use a Shaving Horse. My level of knowledge was almost nonexistent on each of these tools.
The first lacrosse stick to him 1 & 1/2 days to make, The second, just under 8 hours. The third was only 4 & 1/2 hrs.

He then went outside and played catch with his younger brother, lacrosse style.
Alll said, Granddad had an outstanding week!

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#1 posted 08-12-2013 11:04 PM

Cool Gramps.

Some great training also.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 08-12-2013 11:09 PM

Way to go Grandpa !
Nice to see the kids getting involved and you teaching making the equipment .
Should make them appreciate the work and knowledge that goes into one of those “Sticks ”
LACROOSE is a very rough sport but good fast exercise . We also play it here in CANADA .

-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 08-13-2013 12:22 AM

It’s amazing what you get a ‘kid’ to do when he wants something! Great story! Nice sticks.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#4 posted 08-13-2013 02:52 AM

I learned a process for stem bending Kiln Dried White Oak for this project. There are many that say it cannot be successfully done. Others think it to be some sort of trickery. But I did learn a way that worked for me. I am in the process of documenting what was done, why it was done, and the results.

The short story… can be done. It was very successful for us ON THIS PROJECT.

Some day in the not so near future, I will ‘Blog’ the process.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#5 posted 08-13-2013 03:58 AM

so cool to be able to do this with your grandson! That is some BEND…very cool!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 08-13-2013 04:13 AM

Sounds like a superb weekend.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 08-13-2013 01:14 PM

I got one when I was little and played for the rez that I was on in Canada at the time it’s is made out of white ash I don’t know who made it but it looks just like yours but out of ash

-- Nimkee** Joe

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#8 posted 08-13-2013 02:47 PM


-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#9 posted 08-13-2013 04:34 PM

Great looking lacrosse stick. Lacrosse is Canada’s official national summer sport, hockey being the official national winter sport, eh. I’ve got some white oak that I need to steam bend for a rocking chair project. I’d be interested in reading about your method of bending the white oak for this project.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 08-13-2013 05:13 PM

Oh dear, I have one in my office that I played with at Ohio State… probably shouldn’t admit to that! Nice job, they look great!

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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