Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch 19. Tools used in Traditional Batmaking IV

Stage III Sanding and Finishing The bat is first sanded using a Bobbin Sander, rotating on a horizontal shaft. This is inflated to approximately 20psi, and begins with a 100 grit coarse sanding sleeve. This stage is done totally...

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Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch 18 Tools used in Traditional Batmaking III

Stage II Fitting and Shaping The fitting and shaping process is the most time consuming part of the bat making process. When bats are made by hand, this is the most physically demanding part of the process, 
 requiring a...

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Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch 17. Tools used in Traditional Batmaking II

Stage I Initial Machining and Preparation Willow Clefts before Dispatch The willow merchant, and at Laver & Wood this always means JS Wright & Sons, prepares the clefts for batmaking in their yards in Essex. After splitting the willow, a table...

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Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch 16. Tools used in Traditional Batmaking I

The bat making process can be divided up into three distinct stages. This chapter provides an overview of the entire process. Stage I Initial Machining and Preparation Willow arrives as a raw cleft that has been sawn to a rough size...

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Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch 15. Traditional Bat Making

Crafting cricket bats has changed dramatically in the last few decades, with mass produced, machined bats dominating the market. Using machinery and a production line where individuals only make one part of the bat means manufacturers can make as...

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Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch 14. Importance of Pressing Cricket Bat Willow

The game of cricket involves a bat that is made of a soft material and a ball made of a hard material. The ball, although hard on the outside, is designed to change shape slightly on impact thus minimising...

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Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch13. The Coefficient of Restitution and Centre of Percussion – What are these?

Before becoming a bat maker James trained as a Construction Engineer. He has attempted to explain some engineering principles as they apply to cricket bats. The performance of a cricket bat is dictated by the physical properties of both...

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Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch 12. Handle Manufacture

Cricket bat handles have been manufactured in the same manner for over 150 years. The process, from the time of harvest, may have become a little more mechanised over the years, but is still essentially the same as it...

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Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch 11. Revised Handle Laws

In the middle part of the first decade of this century batmakers began innovating with handle designs. This was driven partly by a shortage in high grade cane for handles, as well as a desire to create a point...

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Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch 10. Handle Breakage

Handles & the splice of the bat are one of the major break points in a bat. Careful craftsmanship can extend the life of handles. At Laver & Wood we are absolutely pedantic about how we make our handles,...

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