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Re: The art of batmaking...

Post by Almost_Austwick on Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:42 pm

I haven't made a bat for a while as my time is normally wanted elsewhere. The only thing I have lying around is a light weight bat currently covered in bosom bat stickers. I dig out a photo at some point.

I'll start back up in the near future just need access to the right kit again. Have some great ideas for some next generation bats but they'll keep for a year or two.

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Re: The art of batmaking...

Post by Leo on Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:49 pm

oooh...next generation sounds exciting!
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Re: The art of batmaking...

Post by BrianLara400* on Thu Jan 17, 2008 4:46 pm

[quote="abc cricket"] is a customer request. Just before you say it looks a little bottom heavy[quote/]
Obviously for the concerted driver and glancer Wink
Was that a travisher you used for the concaving on the blank bat?, because ive got one of the G&M tools travishers and its a beauty.


norbair wrote:Yep bandsaw just used to quicken the process I forgot to add drawknife usage on the shoulders.
It may weaken them, the actual width of the ears is the same as a curved shoulder but it just shaped almost at a right angle. That said, I won't be doing that style of shoulders again.....

I think its good to have a few classy idiosyncracies in the design of your bats that the informed observer can identify with your brand (ie shoulder design etc). The shoulder style kook, slaz, GN etc use are very bland and unimaginitive.
A batmaker Im going ot spend some time with at easter has a very interesting style, similar to mine but instead of the sharp edge running directly between the point of the shoulders, his curves down somewhat between the points (see below).

And leo what did you mean by creating a batmakers group on the forum?
what is a "group"?
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Re: The art of batmaking...

Post by Leo on Fri Jan 18, 2008 12:01 am

To tell the truth im not entirely sure... im still getting to grips with this software!
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Re: The art of batmaking...

Post by Norbair on Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:50 am

BrianLara400* wrote:A batmaker Im going ot spend some time with at easter has a very interesting style, similar to mine but instead of the sharp edge running directly between the point of the shoulders, his curves down somewhat between the points (see below).


Excellent choice - Chris H Farrant Very Happy I see why you asked

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Re: The art of batmaking...

Post by abc cricket on Fri Jan 18, 2008 3:23 am

Combination of Travisher and convex spokeshave for the concaving.





I got the travisher made by a small comapny in America, who make some very nice handmade tools. Not the cheapest and about a 6 week order time, but they are very nice. To look at as well as use! I'll dig out the details if you're interested.

As you can see I've also worked out how to post pictures now as well..................

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Re: The art of batmaking...

Post by BrianLara400* on Fri Jan 18, 2008 3:36 am

Looks good Mr Anderson, mines a No5 as well but has a slightly different handle configuration and a different "set-screw" system at the back. I got mine from England and it set me back 44 pounds or 100 Aud , but I know alot of the american custom handtools are alot dearer than that.
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Re: The art of batmaking...

Post by abc cricket on Fri Jan 18, 2008 3:42 am

worked out at about 60 altogether. Thanks to the weak $US!

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Re: The art of batmaking...

Post by Norbair on Fri Jan 18, 2008 4:28 am

Shocked Oooo Tools - I like the Clifton Spoke shave... I have the same Travishers as BL400 - no 4 and no 5 and a Round Bottom wooden plane No 4.

A couple of quick question open to all...

When you start [I draw edges and shoulders on] Do you start at one particular end of the blade?

I normally get my edges down to a few mm from where I want them sort out the spine height and curve. Then flit from Toe to shoulder and then do the middle. Taking out most of the weight but leaving a bit at shoulder and toe...

Once the basic shape and near the weight I fine tune shoulder and toe a bit further for balance.

Also for spine curve I do it by eye [would be difficult to draw it on]

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Re: The art of batmaking...

Post by Redback Cricket on Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:56 pm

I do the following:

Draw Knife:
top half, from a bit above the middle upto the shoulders (both sides)
Rough shape shoulders
Shape toe end

Plane whole of back again starting from the middle towards the shoulders, both sides, then move on to the toe end.

Blend shoulders and shape handle

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Re: The art of batmaking...

Post by BrianLara400* on Sun Jan 20, 2008 1:36 am

Thats more or less the same sequence I use as well, but I do like to keep reducing mass roughly proportionately from both ends so I can keep check of it, though I shouldnt think it differs too greatly between any of the handmakers.

Gary, any chance you can post some pics of your bats & workshop etc?
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Re: The art of batmaking...

Post by maXXed on Sun Jan 20, 2008 10:45 am

God, this looks extremely complicated!
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Re: The art of batmaking...

Post by Redback Cricket on Mon Jan 21, 2008 2:28 am

Sure, ill have a bit of a tidy up first!!

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