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.
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.
10. Handle Breakage
23. Knocking In
24. Oiling Bats
25. Moisture Damage