The bat making process is illustrated below. Click on an thumbnail image to view a larger version of the image.
|Checking the quality after a handle has just been hand turned.||A handle that has just been glued. It will now be tied together with rope, tightened by wedges, and left to dry for twenty hours.||Each handle is completely hand made in our Worcestershire workshop.|
|Extra attention is paid to the edges of each bat during "knocking in".||Every area of the bat is hand "knocked in" making it ready to play.||Each cleft is individually hand drawn before being cut to size for pressing.|
|Shaping of the shoulders is done first by a drawknife followed by a fine spoke shave.||Waiting in line for shoulders and toes.||Shaping the toe of the bat.|
|Pressing of each piece of wood is carried out first as a cleft and again as a bat when the handle has been fitted.||The first of four coats of oil.||Hand shaping the back of the bat using a block plane.|
|Cutting the Vee in the cleft, ready for the handle.||The finished product displayed in the shop.||Workbench with traditional tools such as block plane and drawknife.|
|An entirely hand-made bat.|