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Mar012008

Bamboo + plywood = lacrosse

Making a lacrosse stick out of bamboo is a good idea because of the material's unique dynamic characteristics. Bamboo is naturally flexible AND torsionally stiff. I've been working on this design for about 10 years and it's taking so long because it requires some invention in terms of processing and forming.

There are two paths I've been pursuing. One is a strip and bundle construction and the other is a crushed fiber and epoxy deal. Ultimately, though, I think the construction might be a bent laminate using whole stalks of a species which I won't reveal. This third option is what's shown above and the photos depict one of many wooden prototypes.

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You should try vacuum bagging instead of wrapping innertubes. A simple Food Saver system, with cut your own bags to length, would likely work well for you. You might augment with clamps, but no need to wrap innertubes. Good luck.

Paul

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