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Stick Tech Workshop - ReADeR TIPS!



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We picked 5 reader tips for publication this month! And we're giving the authors E-Lacrosse Rage III DVDs!

WARNING: Ovens, lighters, matches, knives, and other tools called for in this tips section can be dangerous when not properly used. If you intend on trying any of these tips at home, you must tell your parents exactly what your plans are before proceding. Improper use of some of the tools suggested can result in cutting, burning or staining yourself or your family's property. So ask FIRST, and be careful!

I'm Into Nuggets    Submitted by Matt

I play lax at Marist College. This dye was inspired by one of the best video's ever put on youtube.com. I did the white splatter in the middle of the stick for my team's colors, then the red and yellow on the top and bottom in honor of McDonalds. This has been called by some the greatest stick ever. I just used some vinyl letters that I got from staples to do the top. Hope you all enjoy.




THE ORIGINAL NUGGETS VIDEO



The Green Monster    Submitted by Aidan

This is a custom rig I did for my friend using the devil's breath design on the throat.




The Krotch Pocket    Submitted by Chris

I have a great way to stretch a hard mesh pocket. I'm not sure if it's been thought of before, but it's called the Krotch Pocket. All you do is take an old sports cup (the kind that goes in your shorts) and you set it in your pocket however you want your pocket. Then you put a pencil through to hold it tight in place and leave it over night. It should give you a deep and long pocket.


Head manipulation tips    Submitted by Charles from San Diego

When I first started playing lacrosse with offset heads, I noticed that the bottom of the sidewall was wider then the top. I couldn't figure out why most sticks were designed like this. On my Edge+, it was .75" wider on the top then on the bottom. A technique I use now when baking my sticks is, instead of wrapping the stick with string, I just tie the bottom holes together. This allows for the bottom to receive more pressure then the top, turning the face of a stick into more of a "funnel" shape. This is great for face off specialists.




This also works for re-aligning tweaked heads. The Edge+ is quite strong, but after continuous checking from my strong side, the top of the head was warped. By running a string down along the sidewall, connecting the top stringing hole to the bottom, you can reform the head.



Now notice the difference between the off the shelf head and my "new" old Edge+ for indoor use. Img 3.



Tips for Baking: I have found that the boiling water method works best. There is much less room for error here, and does not damage the plastic. For cooling, I always place the heads in a freezer for a few hours, running the head under cool water does not fully cool the thickest plastic. I always have a freezer full of heads. Img 4.




Hot Glue Job    Submitted by Cole

This is a helix that I dyed using the hot glue gun and the electric tape technique. It was my first ever dye job. I thought it turned out great and I would like to thank everybody at e-lacrosse for helping me.




Thanks to all for participating. Keep sending your tips and we'll pick some more in a few months! Send them to john@tonabricks.com! Please include your name and a permanent e-mail address. Winners, please contact us if we miss you. Some e-mails cannot be returned to the addresses given to us.

September, 2007

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