Cortland Begor at his shop in Sunapee, where he makes wooden shafts for lacrosse sticks, sold under his TimberStix Lacrosse brand. (COURTESY)
Sunapee lacrosse shaft maker making it big
Last year, he decided to mix the two hobbies, making his own wooden lacrosse shafts for the sticks he plays with.
The senior at Proctor Academy in Andover, where he plays lacrosse, is about to become a freshman at Dartmouth College in Hanover, and he is looking at business as a major.
"My goal is to actually make a mark in the lacrosse world with wooden shafts," he said. "It seems there is something appealing about unique, hand-crafted wooden lacrosse shafts, and I've found a demand for it."
Wooden shafts provide a different feel, and some say they provide more torque when throwing or shooting the ball.
"It's like with a hockey stick. It's a matter of preference, but I really like the wooden shafts. It's a better feel," said Adams, a varsity lacrosse player at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro who will be playing Division 1 lacrosse at Towson State next fall.
"While I was in my classes this year, I've been taking business calls from manufacturers, product ambassadors, and other clients," he said. "Business has been very good."
"The majority of sticks out there have metal shafts, but my goal is to change that," he said.