Callen Cricket Pty Ltd
Founders of the Willow Blue Cricket Forestry Project

"out hitting the competition"

AN OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME A BAT MAKER


If you have ever wanted to hand craft Cricket Bats... this is your chance to become a Willow Blue Cricket Bat Maker.


We are looking for interested cricket people in the Sydney Metro area, Gold Coast and Darwin 

or from ICC Affiliate Cricket Countries to earn Willow Blue Bat Making Accreditation.


LIMITED PLACES ARE AVAILABLE ONLY IN THESES AREAS.


We have the raw material and the proven expertise to train you to be a highly skilled Bat Maker so that you will be in position to develop your very own cricket brand within your cricketing community. You will learn how to make and repair cricket bats totally by hand.


Australian trainees will complete the course at our Tarrawarra Farm near Healesville Victoria. The course duration is 5 days ..Mon -Fri.


For International Accreditation the course will be done on line. 


Full details of the course and all set up costs will be provided on application.


For further information please apply by completing the contact us form.


BACKGROUND INFORMATION

We have Established a Cricket Bat Industry in Southern Hemisphere and aim to expand this industry into other cricket regions. Why import bats and label them when there is greater margin in having the skills to craft your own and service the needs of your cricket community . 


Ian Callen former Australian and Victorian cricketer began researching the Australian cricket bat willow industry in 1976 whilst he was a Professional Cricketer at Northumberland with Yorkshire Cricketer & Bat Maker Peter Kippax. Ian completed his Bat Making apprenticeship under Master Craftsman Chris Farrant in England in 1985 and immediately began making bats under the Callen label.

In the late 80's there became a shortage of quality willow for bats.

To overcome this problem he planted 3000 trees in 1994 on what is now called the A. C. MacLaren Cricket Bat Willow Plantation as part of the Willow Blue Cricket Forestry Project.


In 2007 Ian began making bat and in  2010 he began marketing and promoting all his bats as a Willow Blue Cricket Forestry Product.


The feed back from Bat Makers and Cricketers was that the timber performs as well as English Willow and now they are saying it has better lasting qualities.


Willow Blue Australia has access to 6000 trees from 4 Plantations in Victoria and Tasmania and is selling setts to new growers each year.


There is a world shortage of cricket bat willow... the minimum supply for clefts makes it difficult and expensive for small operators - thus the major oversea's bat making companies have it sewn up... We want to change this
 "LETS TAKE THEM ON".


Achieved to Date:


Our first step was to interest farmers with suitable land to grow the bat willow as part of their farm plan... Achieved,
The second step was to successfully harvest and process the timber... Achieved.
The third step is to establish an outlet for our sustainable and renewable Willow Blue Raw Material... Achieved
The fourth step was to establish bat makers throughout Australia and New Zealand... Achieved


HOW IT COULD WORK FOR YOU

If you have an interest in Cricket... and live in any ICC Affiliate Region and would like to offer a chance to become a Bat Maker to your local community cricket clubs. 


After completing our Bat Making course (on line) we will guarantee you supply of the raw materials you will need to make bats.

We will also provide you a bat making instruction manual and receive Willow Blue Accreditation.

All Raw Material will be available in component form allowing each Bat Maker to hand craft the finished product reducing set up cost.


BAT COURSE TIMETABLE 


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE COMPLETE THE CONTACT FORM CLICK HERE