Expanding Hands Music LLC 2023
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Hand-Crafted Tools To Stretch Your Sound
CS-Lap Bar
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A hand-made wood lap bar designed for playing Chapman Stick(R) while sitting.
Chapman Stick is a registered trademark of Stick Enterprises and is not affiliated with Expanding Hands Music LLC.
The CS-Lap Bar, designed for playing the Chapman Stick® while sitting.
As a Chapman Stick® player you may be used to only playing while standing as was the case with me. After a while when recording myself while also operating my DAW there were times that sitting and playing Stick was better for me than standing. Several players that I consulted with about how they perform and record were also looking for a simple, comfortable, supportive and affordable lap rest. Many of them have been using a drum stick or upside down wood coat hanger as a lap rest but the narrowness becomes uncomfortable quickly.
I designed several prototypes and finally settled on this version.
Each CS-Lap Bar is hand-made and slightly different from the next due wood variations and hand crafting. They have a solid core that runs the full length/width which might be maple, cherry, walnut, hickory or other strong wood. The variation of the different woods is based on availability and market price.

On each end of the CS- Lap Bar , maple, poplar (which can also have beautiful color streaks), walnut or other wood is attached to increase the area that rests on your legs which spreads the weight and adds comfort. The bottom of each end which is the area that contacts your legs is purposely left a little rough so that it does not slide out of position too easily.

In 2022 I stopped staining the wood and only use a clear coat over the wood's natural color. What I have in stock may be all natural walnut, maple, cherry or a combination of woods.

The CS-Lap Bar is approximately : 19” (48.5cm)wide or long, 2” (5cm) deep, 2 ¾” (6.8cm) height.
The weight can vary depending on the wood and its density. Weight is; 8oz – 14oz.
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