This segment of Pathé Pictorial gives a snapshot in the process of the Cricket bat industry in Suffolk. The manufacturing of the cricket bat is a curious blend of old tradition and modern methods, from splitting the wood by hand to grating the block into the familiar bat.
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Various shots of two men tending to saplings and seedlings. Man looks at the trunk of a willow tree to see if it is ready to be felled in order to provide wood for cricket bats. A “W” is cut into the trunk of a tree selected for felling. A chain-saw is used to fell the tree. The trunk is measured and cut.
C/Us of man cutting a piece of trunk into three. The splitting of the wood is always done by hand – never by machine.
Interior of a workshop. Craftsmen are seen working on cricket bats. All the processes involved in making the bats are shown.
Film ends with short shot of a game of cricket in progress on a village green.
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