2 p.m., May 24)
Local batsmith has big dreams
By Fred Sherwin
creator Eric Brisson shows off the first bat
he made on the left, and the latest version
on the right. Fred Sherwin/Photo
a small garage in a single-detached home on the eastern
edge of Orléans, Eric Brisson is pursuing his passion
for baseball one bat at a time.
December 2014, the father of a 21-month-old son with another
one on the way, was on his computer bouncing around YouTube
when he came across a video of a guy making his own baseball
bats on a lathe.
wooden bat fan himself, Brisson, who plays in the National
Capital Men's Baseball League, was intrigued. His curiosity
would soon turn into a hobby when he found a wood lathe
for sale on Kijiji for about a quarter of the price of
a new one with a set of stainless steel chisels.
was a really good price and he only used it once,"
says Brisson who followed his serendipitous path to the
Valley Woodturners and an introductory turning courses
at his old alma mater, Louis-Riel secondary school.
started messing around with wood until I felt comfortable
and then I bought a block of maple and made my first bat,"
first time Brisson used the bat, he hit a single. Before
too long a couple of his teammates asked if he would make
a bat for them and so was born T-Bats. The "T"
stands for Theodore, his 21-month-old son.
Brisson has only sold a handful of his creations so far,
he is already promoting them on Facebook and Kijiji and
he plans to start marketing them locally. Lacroix Source
for Sports on St-Joseph Blvd. also sells them.
bat meets Major and Little League specifications, and
they can also be custom made in terms of the shape and
width os the handle.
advantage of a T-Bat compared to an off the shelf Louisville
Slugger is the quality of the wood. Brisson uses only
Grade A professional maple which has an extremely tight
grain. Louisville Slugger use a lower grade wood and are
not as strong, or as durable.
use only the best of the best," says Brisson.
sell for anywhere from $75 to $110, depending on the finish.
played Little League ball in Orléans right up through
the Big League division. He then went on to play a couple
of years in the Ontario Baseball Association.. His dream
is for his bats to be one day used by a major leaguer.
kid you always say, 'One day I want to play in the Major
League. Who knows perhaps this is my way of making the
Major League," says Brisson who would love to follow
in the footsteps of Sam Bat founder Sam Holman, who introduced
maple bats to the Major Leagues in 1995. Today, the Carleton
Place manufacturer supplies wooden bats to over 500 professional
can learn more about T-Bats at https://www.facebook.com/Tbatsottawa/?fref=ts&ref=br_tf&qsefr=1
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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