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(Updated 2 p.m., May 24)
Local batsmith has big dreams

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

T-Bat creator Eric Brisson shows off the first bat he made on the left, and the latest version on the right. Fred Sherwin/Photo

In 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.

In 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.

A 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.

"It 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.

"I started messing around with wood until I felt comfortable and then I bought a block of maple and made my first bat," says Brisson.

The 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.

While 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.

Each bat meets Major and Little League specifications, and they can also be custom made in terms of the shape and width os the handle.

The 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.

"I use only the best of the best," says Brisson.

T-Bats sell for anywhere from $75 to $110, depending on the finish.

Brisson 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.

"As 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 baseball players.

You can learn more about T-Bats at https://www.facebook.com/Tbatsottawa/?fref=ts&ref=br_tf&qsefr=1

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)


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