If you want to learn the whole process from the big guys you can learn that here:
âWe source our sticks from the only remaining wood stickmaker in all of North America. Last year we found all other stickmakers have gone out of business or gone overseas. Weâve worked out a deal with our professional stickmaker where we can purchase small batches of raw, unfinished birch sticks and finish them ourselves in the shop just like they used to in earlier decades.
- If staining, we recommend conditioning the stick first to provide an even coat and pull out the unique grain found in each stick. This is done using a wood conditioner you can find at a local hardware store. This is recommended for a more uniform stain, but not required.
- If painting, we recommend a primer coat first, but this is not required. â
- With a stained stick, we apply polyurethane before we apply our stencil designs in order for the stencil to cure to the pores in the wood. If we did not, the stencils may not be received as well with oil based stains.
- With a painted stick you can paint your designs over your base layers and let it dry.
- For a stained stick, we apply a couple coats of marine grade oil-based varnish for a thicker, cleaner protective finish. This takes the abuse any outdoor hockey has been able to provide thus far.
- For painted sticks you can choose to varnish, or simply use polyurethane. We recommend a few coats to protect your hard work.
âWe hope you learned something today and we provided a valuable resource in designing your own custom stick in the future!