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.

Rough sawn clefts from the willow merchant.

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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