Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch 7. Testing a Cleft
Part of the craft of hand making bats is understanding the type of bat each individual cleft is capable of becoming. A good bat maker can turn an average cleft into a bat that performs well, and a good cleft into a bat that is absolutely stunning.
Each cleft has inherent qualities, the two most important being density and weight. Bats that are very dense will not perform well, while bats that are not very dense may not be particularly durable.
Weight can be reduced by drying the cleft, though the batmaker has to be careful not to over dry the cleft or some of the strength of the willow will be reduced. Clefts that are over dry will be light, and will perform exceptionally well, but will not last.
More Laver & Wood Cricket Bat Lore chapter introductions can be found below.
10. Handle Breakage
23. Knocking In
24. Oiling Bats
25. Moisture Damage