Willetton cricket lover makes bat-making into an art

Toby Richardson shaping a cleft of willow into a new cricket bat.
Toby Richardson shaping a cleft of willow into a new cricket bat.

AS anyone to have played cricket will appreciate, choosing the correct bat is an important decision.

The crafted willow is after all a batsman’s weapon against an angry fast bowler or crafty spinner.

Toby Richardson recently turned his hand to the bat-making art.

The graphic designer said he chose to create his own bats rather than spend money buying a new one.

“It was really from playing,” he said. “Guys have an interest in bats; it’s just part of playing cricket.”

In June, Mr Richardson flew to Victoria to take part in a bat-making master class hosted by former Test cricketer Ian Callen.

He said he was surprised at how much technique went into perfecting the craft, which he does from a small Booragoon workshop.

“To get a bat exactly the way you want takes a bit of work to shape and get it to a particular weight,” he said.

Mr Richardson, who has released three bats under his brand, Richardson Cricket, used his design knowledge to create the graphics on the bats too.

For information visit www.richardsoncricket.com.au.