Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch 9. Laver & Wood’s Handles
Laver & Wood use handles that are not too dissimilar to those used in the 1850s. We source our cane from South East Asia, and have experimented with making our own handles, although we also purchase handles in their most basic form.
When handles arrive they will be about half to twice as thick as the finished handle. The first stage of the manufacturing process is to turn the handles on a lathe, to reduce them down to close to the width required to go into a bat.
The next stage is to cut the splice. This cut needs to be carefully made so the join between the handle and the blade there is a very tight fit. After applying glue the splice is tapped in with a knocking in mallet.
More Laver & Wood Cricket Bat Lore chapter introductions can be found below.
10. Handle Breakage
23. Knocking In
24. Oiling Bats
25. Moisture Damage