Bat Making

Ram materialThe bat making process is illustrated below. Click on an thumbnail image to view a larger version of the image.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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An entirely hand-made bat.