I don't know where any test data from Ukraine Beech exists - but the best thing may be to turn some 1" diameter dowels and have them tested for strength and stiffness. This would be a good first start to get a feel for…"
"I just looked at "book values" and sweetgum has approx. the same strength as Cherry... which is only about 75% of the strength of Ash (on average).
BUT... it is listed as interlocked grain and somewhat good in shock…"
Just watched SportsCenter (09.20.2012)... Hanley Ramirez' broken bat yesterday - a piece hit Clayton Kershaw sitting in the dugout - had the definite OVAL-SHAPE break in the handle.
Here is another one from…"
Roland, just watched your video. Very cool. Does MLB approve laminated bats with lighter wood in the barrel? By the way, your video stirred up some fond memories from my childhood (except memories of the wrong uniform) -- see the right uniform below
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