• The selected pressed cleft is spliced using a custom made splicing jig. A handle is cut to mirror the cleft to ensure a perfect tight fit. The handle is fitted using a strong wood glue and is left to dry overnight in an upright position
  • The cleft is then cut to size by trimming the shoulders and toe. Initial shaping is done using a razor sharp draw knife to quickly remove the willow.
  • Finer shaping is carried out using traditional wood planes, spokeshaves and travishers. The bat maker will regularly remove the cleft from the vice and check the balance, weight and pick up. We will not move onto the next stage until we are satisfied with the bat we have produced.
  • The shoulders are shaped and blended into the handle first by careful use of a draw knife and then with a round soled spokeshave. The handle is then rounded with a rasp to ensure a comfortable feel in the hands. Our handles are normally slightly oval at the base and rounded for the top hand.
  • Once the bat maker is happy with the shape, pick up and feel the bat is then ready to be sanded. The bat will go through drum and machine sanding before being hand sanded to finish. A total of around 7 grades of paper are used to ensure a smooth, blemish free finish. The cleft is then inspected to ensure a perfect finish. This is one of the most time consuming areas and we take great care to ensure the end product meets our high standards
  • Once the shaping and sanding are complete the bat handle is bound using a good quality twine. This is glued in place and finished neatly at the base.
  • The finished product is then buffed to give a high sheen and goes through its final quality check prior to stickering. Any flaws are rectified before moving on.
  • Your Red Inker is now ready to be gripped and stickers applied.
  • The finished product is now ready. Welcome to Red Ink!
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