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 1 Salix alba var. Caerulea

The Laws of Cricket state that the cricket bat blade has to be made of wood. The stipulation that the blade should be made of wood came about when the Australian player Dennis Lillee used an Aluminium bat in...

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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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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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