after getting some lovely clefts from John at @Red Ink Cricket
I noticed that one of them was on the rather large size high-wise, and although this is my first solo attempt at making a bat I thought why not take the plunge and have a crack at making an M&H Distinction inspired bat, with small 20-25mm edges and a high spine - after all what could be easier than this on your first attempt
The cleft itself was a touch over 70 mm in height, and having a couple of photos on my computer of my old M&H Distinction I set to work. The cleft has a small amount of butterfly stain on the back right in the sweet spot and I'm hoping this is a good omen for performance. The cleft isn't the lightest, currently weighing in at 2.15, but I've got a bit more concaving to do, some wood to remove from the toe/shoulders and obviously the sanding/polishing which I hope will take it down to around 2.12 before binding, grip etc.
This has been a brilliant experience so far - I've actually spent more time faffing with making some new wood jaws for my record vice which has replaced the one in the first two photos, and I've probably spent more time playing around with the tools on offcuts of pine rather than making the bat but I reckon I've spent 2-3 hours on the bat so far.
Some pictures below for those that are interested.