Blog Posts on our Bat Making Process.

The art of bat making.

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 are hand selected by willow merchant Jeremy Ruggles, Director of J.S.Wright & Sons (www.cricketbatwillow.com). The density of […]

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 to dry out further and then graded. Each blade is then individually shaped to ensure the […]

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 to size they are then cut to the right length, split and then the faces planed […]

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 the blade and start to form a rough shape. A wide, flat drawknife is used to […]