IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM ELVIAR'S SHED
Please read this before buying
“ The Lignum Vitae Bat Mallet and Boning Tools”
These items are hand crafted and by the nature of the hand work no two items of this type and design are produced exactly alike. The slight variations are a matter for personal pride in these handmade articles, a characteristic not found in machine-made goods.
1. The Mallet is developed, designed and hand made to order by Elviar's Shed. Use is LIMITED to specific purpose of knocking in Cricket Bats. The head of this mallet is made from Palo Santo Lignum Vitae wood from South America. The handle of this mallet may be made from Oak or Ash wood or another hardwood.
2. Wood is far from being a stable and consistent material. By its fibrous nature, all wood is prone to exhibiting flaws, like cracks, splits, checks, etc brought on by forces of nature (temperature, weather, etc).
The mallet is "SOLD AS SEEN", complete with hairline cracks and splits evident at time of manufacture, methodically treated with specialist glue as part of the manufacturing process. Unlike many factory mass produced items, no attempt is made to mask or hide hairline splits or cracks by using dyes or other colouring. Once the mallet head has been treated for splits or cracks it is essentially left in its natural state EXCEPT for the application of wood oil and/or clear varnish as a sealant to reduce moisture content.
3. Lignum Vitae is particularly prone to exhibiting cracks and splits, however, because of its characteristic interlocking cross grain it retains tremendous strength even with cracks and this DOES NOT affect its usability for the purposes of a Cricket Bat Knocking In Mallet. It is not uncommon to observe a craze or "spider's web" of hairline cracks across the knocking faces, however this is effectively cosmetic and does not imprint on the face of the bat. In fact even a 1mm crack does imprint on the face of the bat.
4. It should be clearly understood that this mallet is a specialist tool aimed at causing indentations or impressions on the bat as part of the knocking in process (this is a sign that the grain of the willow is being adequately compressed and that the process is being done properly). As with any tool it may be subject to wear and tear through use and must be maintained in such a way to minimise such wear and tear (e.g. careful use, keep the tool clean, regularly oiled, stored as per instructions)
5. This mallet can only be considered for RETURN, REPLACEMENT or REIMBURSEMENT if any of the conditions are shown to be true:
A. Where a split or crack has caused the mallet head to be clearly broken into two or more parts
B. Where evidence is produced to clearly show that a split or crack across the mallet face is adversely imprinting on the bat surface during knocking in.
C. Where a split or crack causes the handle to become loose or unable to be fixed to the mallet head.
With the exception of the handle being SHORTENED by the user, The mallet will NOT be considered for replacement or reimbursement if it has been modified or re-engineered in any way
6. Maintenance, Care & Storage of these Mallets: Treat the mallet regularly with raw Linseed Oil. Do NOT use the mallet as a sledge hammer or for anything other than Cricket Bat Preparation. When not used for some time, give the mallet a good coating of linseed oil and store it in a plastic bag.
7. Mallet Production Time
All mallets are hand made to order. Production time is 7 working days or as otherwise notified.
Delivery time depends on destination and other factors.
UK Orders are sent by Royal Mail 2nd Class Post Signed and Tracked, typically 3-5 days, as per the carrier.
International Orders are sent by Royal Mail International Tracked, typically 5-10 days as per the carrier.
9.Payments for Orders
Payments are charged in £UK GBP.
International Orders may alternatively be paid by Western Union, payment details available on request.
10. Postage Charge: UK Domestic Buyers
Postage Charges are fixed at £5 based on a package not exceeding 2Kg.