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 28” long x 5&1/2” wide x 3” high. The ends of the cleft have been dipped in wax to arrest splitting during the drying process.
The cleft is cut to length and planed on the face and edges to reveal the grain of the timber to enable the grading. The cleft is moistened with water on the face and then pressed. Then the cleft has a wedge cut from the back of the block to enable some willow to be removed for the roughing out of the shoulders.
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