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By Max McCool

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The Turtle Shell is an idea I had while working with the loops of the Word pocket. I used the loop idea in the middle going away from the leather instead of off the sidewall coming in. We're going to start with a twist in the middle, throw two rows of loops off the sides of the leathers, and then weave it to the side with some kind of twisted Z knot. For the first time, videos are here so you can watch each major step as I go through it. Something the video can't help you with though, is symmetry. Do each side exactly the same, and you should come away with a sweet pocket. Let's get to it.

Materials needed:

  • 2 Sidewall Strings
  • 15-17 feet of pocket nylon
  • 2 Leathers
  • Shooting Strings

String-O-Meter rating:

Step 1: Sidewalls & Leathers

Put in sidewalls as you normally would (get help here). Then throw in your two leathers. Cut two nylon strings about 5 feet long each. It's always good to give yourself some working room, though. Tie them off and stick them through your bottom two leather holes, coming up. Go to the opposite leather and loop around it like you would a regular traditional. After this, begin to twist your two nylons. Try and keep both strings individually straight as you wrap them around each other. Generally, 4 or 5 twists will do for each section, depending on how many sections you want to put in your stick. Put in as many or as few as you like, as long as you get to the top. So now our leathers are tied together with a nice twist up the middle, and we have our two strings waiting at the top of the stick. Push them through the loops the leathers make around the scoop, and pull the slack out of them.


Step 2: First Row of Loops

Take the string and turn it around to go back to the leather you just ascended. Use the loops that the twisted nylon has around the leather to go through and match like you would a normal traditional. It should look smooth, without the nylon having to cross over itself. Go down the outside of the leathers. Make the loops small at the top, and then tighter to the leather as you get down the stick. You don't want them really tight, but still not flopping around. When you get to the bottom, go up through the outer leather hole.


Step 3: Second Row of Loops

If you look at the pictures, I went straight from the leather hole to the lowest loop I created outside of the leather. When you come to the first loop, make the loop knot that holds itself. It's hard to say how to do that without using too many words. These knots should be relatively tight, though. You can pull them as tight as you like as you move up the stick. Again, we're making loops on loops. Try not to make them huge, because you still need room for the outer nylon string. I't hard to explain but check out the movie and the pictures and it shouldn't be hard to figure out. When you finish this row of loops/knots and you get to the top, run your string to the outer leather hole, go up through it and around, then down into the hole and up through the loop your string makes. This knot is just like the one that you should be doing on the strings. From here, I tied off our first pair of nylons in the sidewall holes. If the track you now have down the middle of your pocket is not symmetrical, you will have difficulty with the rest.


Step 4: The outer nylons

For this step, we need two more pieces of identical nylon, each about 2.5 feet long. Run it through the hole you ended your first strings with, and go to the highest loop on the outside of your middle track. Bring the nose of your string up through the loop, then around its tail. Then bring it up through the loop again, but this time go down through the loop that the tail will make. I call this a Z knot. When you get this pulled tight, pull the nose back over the string coming from the sidewall, and you'll have the twist look coming out of your Z knot. There are different ways to do it, but it won't look right if you don't match the twist with the knot. After you get the first one done, do one on the other side of the stick, and make it look as mirrored as possible. You don't have to do it back and forth like this, but it helps with the symmetry.


Continue down the sides, making the twist look as straight as you can when it comes away from the sidewall. When you get them all done, tie it off it whatever hole you have left at the bottom. Feel each section with your hands, checking where the pocket is going to sit. Again, it's easier to string the outer nylons if you have your middle track held up with a pocket screw, but try it however you want to.


Step 5: The Shooters

The shooters, as always, are a personal preference. You can put them in as loose or as tight as you like, depending on how you want it to throw. In the pictures, mine are pretty spaced out, putting the pocket low in the stick. As I messed around with it, I ended up moving them all up, and making them more straight and less of the U seen in the picture. Shooting strings give you a lot of control in a stick that's mostly nylon like this one, so experiment a little bit. When you've got those all tied off, you're done.

Do you have any ideas on different things that can be done with this one? Take pictures of your work and send them in! Pockets can be tweaked in so many different ways to fit someone's game, so don't be afraid to try something new.

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Each pocket design found in the Stick Tech Workshop will be assigned a String-O-Meter rating. This is just a relative measure of how difficult it is to string the sticks.

EASY - This refers mainly to mesh pockets and those for the novice and first time stringer.
MEDIUM - This refers to sticks such as the six and eight diamond stringing. The designs aren't too tough, but require some concentration and time.
DIFFICULT - This refers to sticks like THE "Dog Track". These sticks are usually variations from the basic traditional pocket.
ADVANCED - This refers to sticks that take more time and careful attention to string properly. Overall stringing capability and ability to tie more complicated knots are usually needed to string a pocket reading 4 on the String-O-Meter.


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