Salix Cricket Bat Making Process
The story, of Salix, began when Andrew Kember was in his mid teens, he aquired wood, cane, rubber and made his first cricket bat. Robertsbridge based Podshaver, John Newbery was so impressed with what he saw that he took Kember on as his apprentice in 1984. Kember went on to gain further experience at Gray Nicolls before electing to form his own brand.
In 1990 Andrew Kember set up Salix Cricket Bats with Hugh Betts. Their aim was simple. To expand upon the Podshaving methods which Andrew had been taught and to design a totally self-sufficient bat manufacturing company which made from the cleft.
Today Salix has a range of 6 Cricket Bats and still works from their small workshop in Kent. The team remains unchanged since the 90′s – Andrew and his wife Vicky spearhead the team along with Hugh, Ian and Ben who joined as an apprentice a year ago.
In this detailed video Andrew takes us through his entire batmaking process:
Find out more at www.salixcricketbats.com