"WillowBlue"... it's Australian for "English Willow" 


FAQ's


Are you a grower or a Merchant?

We grow, process and sell Cricket Bat Willow. 


Where do your trees come from?

Our trees are grown from stock chosen by A.C. MacLaren Captain of England


Where do you grow the trees?

We have 5 Willow Blue Plantation sites throughout country Victoria with new Growers planting trees each year.


Now that your trees are reaching maturity are you in a position to offer 

regular supplies of timber?

We are already suppling our Willow to Bat Makers in Ausralia, New Zealand, India and Pakistan


Can we select our own timber?

No we supply an even mix of grades 1, 2, & 3.


What size are the timber Cleft’s?

We the timber to the following sizes: 

Length 27 inches

Width 4.5” – 5.5”

Edge 1.75 - 2”

Apex 3.5“


What grade do you think produces the best bats?

We do not consider colour to be detrimental to the playing abilities of a cricket bat in fact it is what you should look for when looking for superior rebound and performance.


What is the difference between English Willow grown in England and English Willow grown in Australia ?

The "Salix Alba Caerulea" progeny grown by Willow Blue has not been propergated as often as its UK sister. Therefore it retains many of the original and natural characteristics that have been lost over time. Constant propergation of only the lightest and whitest of each new fellings has produced ligher bats... however it is the density of the timber that gves a bat rebound and lasting qualities.  


In our opinion, Willow Blue timber has greater density which equates to superior strength and rebound. Our customers are astounded the timbers playing performance and reward for strokeplay. 


How do you grade your timber?


Grade 1

Our normal grade one timber will contain a minimum of 6 straight grains or more. In most cases our grade ones will be white timber with colour down,  without knots or blemishes.


Grade 2

Our normal grade 2 will contain 6 straight grains or more on the face with colour and sometimes slight speck or butterfly stain. There will be no knots or blemishes in the face however we cannot guarantee this on the remainder of the cleft.


Grade 3

Our grade 3 may carry butterfly stain and sometimes 5 – 6 less than straight in the grain and may carry a slightly bluish bark stain with pin knots or blemishes.


Want to learn more about Willow Blue?


THE SOUND OF WILLOW BLUE 

EXAMPLES OF WILLOW GRADING

 

GRADE 1: 6 -12 straight grains mostly white with some colour no specks or blemishes and can come with some butterfly stain

 

GRADE 2: 6 - 12 straight grains with colour some specks or blemishes can come with Butterfly stain 

 

GRADE 3: 6 - 8 grains mostly colour with can come with butterfly or tiger stain