Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch 17. Tools used in Traditional Batmaking II
Stage I Initial Machining and Preparation
Willow Clefts before Dispatch
The willow merchant, and at Laver & Wood this always means JS Wright & Sons, prepares the clefts for batmaking in their yards in Essex. After splitting the willow, a table circular saw with a 600mm ripping blade is used to rough out the cleft from the initial split piece of willow.
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10. Handle Breakage
23. Knocking In
24. Oiling Bats
25. Moisture Damage