Cricket bat handles have been manufactured in the same manner for over 150 years. The process, from the time of harvest, may have become a little more mechanised over the years, but is still essentially the same as it was in the 1850s.
James’ preferred splice & handle configuration, with high shoulders supporting the handle.
Fumigation, using Sulphur fumes brings out the best of the canes’ colour at the same time as killing any borer. After the canes are washed, they are fumigated in a chamber with an external container burning the Sulphur. The fumes are carried into the chamber by a flue, and the canes are smoked overnight, or for up to 24 hours until an even colour is obtained.
Once fumigated the canes are air dried and sorted into different grades.
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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