125-Year Old Storm Damaged Tree Turned Into 16Ft Cricket Bat
Cricket bats have become a great part of every cricketer’s life, often searching for quality cricket bat sale online and from traditional stores. Now, every cricketer would be pleased to know that a pine tree, which was set to be cut down, was instead carved into a huge 16ft cricket bat. The said pine tree has been standing near the boundary of a cricket club for about 125 years now and after a storm from 2 years ago had left it heavily damaged, two cricketers decided to carve a huge bat out of it.
It was first planted on the eastern border of the Shobrooke Park Cricket Club, located in Crediton, Devon, back in 1890. The storms, or the gales, that damaged it had torn the upper boughs and had only left a 30 ft trunk. Because of this, Steve Jones and Bruce Kerry, both cricketers, had thought about how the pine shouldn’t go to waste that is why they decided that the best thing to do was to come up with a plan to save it. And that they did. Soon after, they began working on the damaged tree. It took about 18 months to carve the entirety of the 16 ft. luckily; Bruce Kerry himself was a tree surgeon while Steve Jones was skilled in woodworks.
They used chainsaws and electric planers to transform the trunk into the desired proportions of the cricket bat.
Normally, a cricket bat is made up of willow wood but it didn’t stop the people from admiring the marvelous carving.
According to Jones, it was such a shame to have such a historic tree turn into firewood that is why they had come up with the idea to turn into a cricket bat. He says that they used an old Duncan Fearnley bat so that they could get the proportions right.
The bat currently stands at 16 ft high and about 2 ft wide. In order to prevent the wood from rotting, they applied a wood preservative while the handle had been wrapped with polypropylene rope.
The carving had become very popular and people from all around are coming just to see it.