Custom bats for the modern day cricketer video

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Blake Shattock shows how he makes his custom one-of-a-kind cricket bats.

Blake Shattock believes every cricketer deserves their own one-of-a-kind bat.

The 22-year-old Aucklander opened his shop Faintail Cricket last month, manufacturing his own line of custom cricket bats designed and created from English willow.

Shattock said every player was different and special bats shouldn't be reserved "exclusively for the big guns".

Blake Shattock, 22, played cricket his whole life but is now focusing on the manufacturing side of the game.
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Blake Shattock, 22, played cricket his whole life but is now focusing on the manufacturing side of the game.

"I use to work in a sports store and I kind of saw a market for custom design bats, tailored more to the player and how they play," Shattock said.

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 Shattock said he always had a huge passion for cricket and was always drawn to woodwork so the business was combining the best of both worlds really.

The English willow used to make the Faintail bats comes from England, via Pakistan where it is pressed.
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The English willow used to make the Faintail bats comes from England, via Pakistan where it is pressed.

Customers often brought in their old or favourite bat as a starting point, Shattock said.

"From there, I can do a couple of things. We can either make an exact replica or we can start the process from scratch. You tell me why you like a certain bat and we work together to figure out the right weight balance, dimensions. I have a few samples ready to go as well."

The workshop, on Elizabeth Knox Place in St Johns, also houses cricket nets where customers can test out their new stick. He used to run the business from a garage.

"It is nice to be in my own space here and business is going good since I moved out of the garage and into a more professional space."

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Shattock said it took five working days, from start to finish, to complete a Fantail bat. 

Prices range from about $339 to $500. 

"I also do services, crack repairs full refurbishments, that sort of thing.

"My aim is to really make this a one-stop-shop for all cricketer's batting needs."

 - Stuff

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