Cricket Bat Lore #4: Moisture Content in the cleft

Presented by James Laver and Anthony van Dorsten.

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Cricket Bat Lore #3: Oiling your bat

Presented by James Laver and Anthony van Dorsten.

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Cricket Bat Lore #2: Bats for tall batsmen

Presented by James Laver and Anthony van Dorsten.

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Cricket Bat Lore #1: Handle Types

Presented by James Laver and Anthony van Dorsten.

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Media Stories

Over the years many stories have been written and filmed about Laver & Wood. Here are some links to a few of them. Laver & Wood - Cricket Bat Lore THE CRICKET MONTHLY - The Wizard of Waipawa ...

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Willow

The timber we use is Salix Alba Caerulea (Cricket Bat Willow), grown in England. The willow is renewably harvested across the whole of England and sold through the wood yards of Essex and Suffolk. Only the highest grades of willow...

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Initial Shaping & Pressing

Making cricket bats is a traditional and highly skilled job that has changed little since the game began. The first job of the batmaker is to roughly shape the clefts using a circular saw, the clefts are then left...

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Handles

High quality handles are produced using Manau cane harvested from the jungles of Sumatra. And Malaysian Sarawak cane The 3 metre canes are initially boiled in oil and dried in the sun for several weeks before being graded according...

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Shaping & Finishing

The bat is now expertly shaped using traditional drawknives, spokeshaves and wooden blockplanes, the greatest care being taken to obtain the correct shape and balance. Drawknives are used because the batmaker can remove a large amount of wood from...

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Bat of the week

Ant and James discuss a special bat.  

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