Have you ever wondered how a cricket bat is made? The art of bat making requires not only a lot of skill but all makers have a sound understanding of timber qualities, the type of stroke player the bat is made for and how to create balanced weight distribution throughout the blade, just to name a few. Top grade blades are cut from premium English Willow plinths that have been aged and dried. Handles also require skill as they are made from several materials. Click through this series of images to follow the journey – we took these images in one of the best bat making factories in the world, however Australia is also lucky enough to have quite a few top bat makers. It is an art form that takes years to perfect and the services of these makers are highly sought after by many a cricket enthusiast. Each photograph describes the process – so read away. #loveyourbat #cricket Gray-Nicolls Australia/New Zealand
1. Preparing the Willow
Plinths of English Willow or Kashmir Willow timber are cut and stacked in various sizes to suit the size of the blade. Cricket bats are all different sizes starting from size 0 – 6 for children right through to transition bats (called a Harrow) for teenagers and full sized for players usually aged around 14/15 and over depending on the height, skill and strength of the player.