The 12 Bats of Christmas - Charlie French Firebird
Nottingham, home of some great cricket bat makers such as Gunn & Moore, B3 Cricket, and next in our 12 bats of Christmas feature is bat maker Charlie French.
With over 20 years in the business and part of a fine cricketing family (his brother is ECB coach & former England keeper, Bruce French) Charlie knows about making bats & handcrafts his range of stunning bats from the finest English willow.
You can visit Charlie’s Mansfield Woodhouse workshop and book a 3 hour custom bat making experience to have your bat handcrafted in front of your eyes. you’ll also get a load of CF goodies including a bat mallet, personalised bat cover, oil and scuff sheets.
Our chosen blade is the Charlie French Firebird, named after the famous Gibson guitar played by one of Charlie’s favourite musicians. A traditional profile is kept through the back with a lack of concaving but Charlie manages to keep the balance of the bat by carefully tapering the toe to keep its pick-up nice and light.
Not only will the bat be pressed to perfection but it will be checked for moisture content and mallet tested throughout the bat making process. You also have the option to add something not many other makers can give you. A custom made handle. To top it off the Firebird is finished with eye catching orange stickers to make this hand crafted beauty really stand out.