Craft custom wooden baseball bats for teams or individuals.
What does a Baseball Bat Maker do?
The smell of peanuts and Cracker Jacks, the yell of the Umpire, and the crack of a bat – these sensory explosions can mean one thing and one thing only: the yearly return of baseball, America’s favorite pastime. When you work as a Baseball Bat Maker, you’re integral in making this spring pastime happen, because as the name implies, Baseball Bat Makers make baseball bats.
It should be said, though, that Baseball Bat Makers don’t make all bats. Thanks to modern technology, there are machines that can mass-produce most of the bats found on little league fields and in sports stores. Baseball Bat Makers instead focus on creating one-of-a-kind bats for professional Baseball Players, or those close to becoming professionals.
To customize each of your bats, you play with different elements, like wood type, barrel size, or weight. The design you use can come either from a specific Player’s directions or from an idea that you think will take the market by storm.
Once the bat is conceptualized, you take it from design to reality by using a variety of tools, such as lathes, duplicators, and chisels. These tools can be either computerized or handheld depending on the type of work and the precision your latest bat calls for. You finish up the process by sanding away imperfections and then dipping the final product in lacquer.
The bats you create could end up in the hands of the professionals right away, like in the case of custom orders, or they might take a longer journey. Baseball Bat Makers create bats for minor league teams, college teams, and traveling teams.