ARCUS CRICKET are makers of handmade cricket bats, cricket bat handles and full range of cricket equipment. At Arcus Cricket we believe in using traditional methods of bat making. We take pride in our craft and we supply to some of the premier cricket brands of the world.
Process : BAT MAKING
The process of bat making is a complex one from start to finish. For our handcrafted bat we source and hands pick the best grade willow clefts, which are used in the bat face.
All timber is sourced from willow specialists in England. We choose mature trees (between 15-35 yrs old), which are cut into rounds and from them the clefts are split out. The clefts are then rough-cut and the ends are waxed and then air or kiln dried to reduce content of moisture. The waxing is essential as it prevents quick moisture loss from the end grain, which could cause cracks or drying cones.
In the workshop
Once in our workshop the clefts go through various processes done both by the assistance of hands and machine.
Machining is an integral part of Bat making requires the best equipment matched by excellent skill. Arcus Cricket has invested very well in both aspects of bat making, to retain the integrity of bat making process. Many companies sub-contract the machining and pressing process but in our workshop the whole process is done in house where we keep a keen eye on the whole procedure so that nothing is compromised.
We have a great team
Our master craftsmen who have been with us through generations individually hand craft and shave every bat they make. After that the bat goes through the pressing process, which is the most essential part of bat making. This procedure compresses the willow, which will reduce the staining of the blade during practice or match play. It is done to compress the bat into its shape. The face of the blade is moved along a curved roller which applies just the right amount pressure as we don’t want to break the spirit of the willow cause if it is pressed too tight the bat might crack on Impact. This step is about creating a balance of both strength and smoothness combined. So every individual bat is pressed and shaped to the best level to make sure that it is well balanced, strong and soft as well as has a spring to it when played with.
Now it is ready to meet its handle
The craftsman will set the handle slightly forward of the blade ensuring a perfect pick up once the bat is made. The handle is secured using water resistant wood glue and left overnight to dry. Then blade is at last glistened with a compound wax, which polishes and flattens the wood.
After the oil has been applied, the knocking in process can begin. This should be done using a Hardwood bat mallet. This provides much better performance than a ball mallet and also speeds up the process.
Start by hitting the middle of the bat just hard enough to create a dent. [This is surprisingly hard]. Hold the bat up to the light to see if you are making a dent. After the application of a thin layer of linseed oil the person knocking in the bat must use either a worn-down ‘soft’ leather cricket ball or a specialized mallet and hit the face of the blade of the bat repeatedly for several hours. After three to four hours of knocking in, another layer of linseed oil may be applied. At this stage the bat may be used in light practice but should not be used in competition without another few hours of knocking-in. The spring of the bat should not be knocked, as this will cause the bat to jar.
After being properly knocked in, the wood will make a slightly higher-pitched sound when hitting the ball and will feel softer to use.