I am always being asked how I got into bat making and why I make the bats rather than importing them or using another UK maker. Well, the answer to this is pretty simple. Why import or use someone else when you can make them yourself? I have always been good with my hands and fascinated by how things were made and how they worked. I remember taking cassette players apart as a kid and looking at the mechanism and what made them turn.
Growing up as a cricket obsessed child, I was kit mad. It wasn’t until my mid teens that I really started to take an interest in the actually product, rather than just having the kit my idols used. It started off with repairs and refurbs, understanding why and how they broke, and what needed to be done to fix them. It wasn’t until 2012 that I took the plunge and decided to try and make a bat. I’d got to the stage where I’d carried out enough refurbs, that I needed something else to quench my kit obsessed thirst.
It all started from a part made cleft, it came pressed, handled and cut to length. I’d done some research, watched some online bat making videos and was fortunate to visit a nearby bat maker and watch a master craftsman at work for a morning. Here goes…..
So after what seemed like an absolute age using some pretty blunt and average tools, my first bat was made. Looking back now, it was ok. A little rough around the edges and far from perfect, but we all have to start somewhere. It picked up very well and the ping was excellent. I took it to nets and it was an instant success. Id made one for my brother, and a couple more for team mates before the following weekend. They may have been blank, but the brand was born.