Willetton cricket lover makes bat-making into an art

Willetton cricket lover makes bat-making into an art

AS anyone who has played cricket will appreciate, choosing the correct bat is a tough decision to make.

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

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 it takes a bit of work to shape and get it to a particular weight,” he said.

“I like the crafting, using the tools and making a product exactly how I’d like it.”

Mr Richardson, who has released three bats under his new brand, Richardson Cricket, used his history in design to create the graphics on the bats too. Visit www.richardsoncricket.com.au.