Each Warrior cricket bat is handcrafted from the finest English willow using traditional methods and techniques. These specialist skills ensure a top quality, flawless product, designed not only to last, but to create winning ways.

Arrival at the workshop

The willow arrives at our workshop in clefts that started their journey up to 25 years earlier when they were first planted. An English willow will typically be felled between 12 – 18 years, this is a process that JS Wright & Sons excel in and have done for over 100 years. For more information visit their website here.

Cutting to length & width

The first step of the bat making process is to cut the cleft to the required length and width. Upon arrival the cleft is an oversized block of wood shaped roughly like a cricket bat; much of this excess needs to be taken off to make the final product.

Edges planed

Once the correct length and width have been achieved, the cleft is then taken to the workbench to be hand planed to create a chamfered edge on the face.

The first light press

At this point the cleft is pressed for the first time. This is a light press to harden the wood and prepare it for the rest of the process; the bat will be pressed again further down the line.

Inserting the handle

The splice is then cut into the cleft – this is a V shape cut that is made in the top of the cleft for which the handle will slot into. The handle is then also cut to shape to be fitted into the cleft. The first fit is done without any glue, this is to check sizing to ensure a perfect fit. Once minor adjustments have been made the handle is glued and then reattached to the blade, this will sit overnight to set.

The second press

The bat is now pressed again to further compress the wood preparing it for life against the hard cricket ball.

At this stage the cleft is still rather bulky and awkward looking, the shoulders and toe are still square and the back is full of weight which will eventually be removed, by hand, using draw knives and hand planes.

Shoulders & toe

The next stage is shaping the toe and shoulders. This is done using the spindle moulder and a cylindrical cutter block along with years of experience. The cleft is strapped into the adjustable jig and hand guided across the rotating block until the required shape is formed.

Further refinement

It is then taken to the workbench for the finer adjustments to be made using traditional hand tools and a keen eye.

Now the cleft is looking more like a cricket bat: it has shape, a spine and defined edges. In order to further prepare the bat the edges are “boned”. This is the process of taking a smooth steel bar firmly up and down each face edge to harden it and reduce the risk of damage when impacted by the cricket ball.

Sanding & waxing

Now the cleft has truly turned into a cricket bat. At this stage we are roughly 3 hours in and we are reaching the final stages of the bat making process. The bat is then taken to the sander to receive a rough sand across the face, the back, and all edges. This is followed by a fine sanding and then eventually it is waxed on a buffing wheel to give it a high gloss finish.

Wrapping the handle

The bat now needs to be stickered up and receive a grip. Before the grip can be applied the handle is wrapped in twine; this is done to provide additional strength and durability. The handle is made from the finest Sarawak cane which compliments the willow, it is also treble sprung to prevent vibration up into the hands.

Finishing touches

Now the handle is wrapped, a grip is applied using the traditional cone method. Any excess rubber is trimmed off and the bottom of the grip is secured using tape. The bat is then finished with stickers to represent the model, and face tape if requested.

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