James Laver – a longform interview

James Laver - Master Bat Maker, talking in-depth about his custom process and how we do things at Laver & Wood.

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Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch 28. Why Bats Break & How to Protect Them

Just about every cricketer has had a favourite bat break, and gone through the pain of having to find a replacement. Bats break because they are inherently fragile, and made from natural materials. Cricket Bat willow is a natural...

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Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch 27. Making Bats Last Longer

Cricket bats take time to performing at their best. As a bat matures its middle will improve, and batsmen will get greater value for shots. Once the middle has been compressed so much that the willow has lost its...

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Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch 26. Batting in Wet Conditions

Almost all cricketers will end up having to play in wet conditions, especially early season. This can cause major damage to bats, but there are a few tactics you can use to protect your bat. The most common issue related...

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Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch 25. Moisture Damage

Moisture is extremely bad for cricket bats. Wet bats will often become broken bats, or bats that require extensive repairs. When a bat gets exposed to excess moisture the compressed willow fibres expand. The willow acts like a sponge, as...

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Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch 24. Oiling Bats

Oiling bats is important for protecting them and making them last longer. There is, however, an art to oiling a bat. The biggest risk with oiling bats is over oiling them, as too much oil can deaden the blade. Laver...

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Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch 23. Knocking In

Almost all new cricket bats require knocking in before use. Knocking in is the process of hardening and conditioning of the blades' surface. Knocking in protects the face of the bat from cracking, so increasing the bats usable life....

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Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch 22. Bat Repair and Maintenance

At Laver & Wood we repair a large number of bats from many, different manufacturers. Over time we have built up a large base of knowledge of damaged bats and their repair, and have incorporated this knowledge into our...

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Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch 21 Part IV Bat Maintenance

Preseason Bat Check At the beginning of each season Laver & Wood get many, many requests for rapid refurbishment of their favourite bat. Some of these bats can be refurbished, and some have scored so many runs they need...

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Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch 20. The Weather & Bat Making

Humidity & Batmaking At Laver & Wood we make all our bats by hand, and this means with the traditional hand tools used by batmakers’ from two hundred years ago. Draw knives and two types of planes are the main...

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