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.

Bats ready to be knocked in.

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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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