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 many as 50 bats per employee per day.

Sanding using a drum sander.

Custom making bats is near impossible with machinery. To get the precision required to make a custom made bat to match batsmans exact specification requires a great deal of feel. This feel is impossible to obtain using machinery and mass production techniques. Using hand tools provides a much higher degree of control over the making process. Hand tools also allow the bat maker to regularly check to see that the willow chosen for a particular bat is right for the bat being made.

An experienced bat maker custom making bats will be able to produce or reproduce any shape of bat requested. This is not the case in machined bats, which are very uniform in shape, and designed to be sold off the rack to the mass market.

Laver & Wood is one of the few remaining bespoke Cricket Bat companies in the world. To find out more about the traditional methods we use please purchase Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Volume I from Amazon.

More Laver & Wood Cricket Bat Lore chapter introductions can be found below.

1. Salix alba var. Caerulea

2. Watermark Disease

3. Why English Willow

4. Grading Willow

5. Butterfly Willow

6. Grain Structure & Willow Colour

7. Testing a Cleft

8. Laver & Wood’s Guide to Cricket Bat Handles

9. Laver & Wood’s Handles

10. Handle Breakage

11. Revised Handle Laws

12. Handle Manufacture

13. The Coefficient of Restitution and Centre of Percussion – What are these?

14. The Importance of Pressing Cricket Bat Willow

15. Traditional Bat Making

16. Tools used in Traditional Batmaking I

17. Tools used in Traditional Batmaking II

18. Tools used in Traditional Batmaking III

19. Tools used in Traditional Batmaking IV

20. The Weather & Bat Making

21. Preseason Bat Check

22. Bat Repair and Maintenance

23.  Knocking In

24. Oiling Bats

25. Moisture Damage

26. Batting in Wet Conditions

27. Making Bats Last Longer

28. Why Bats Break & How to Protect Them

 

 

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