Conducting Batons
 
 
Batons:    Custom made by Roger Garrett
 
Official PayPal Seal Wood shaft batons are created on a mini-lathe with superior high-speed turning tools.  Each 11 - 13 ½” long shaft is created from a solid piece of birch or poplar and its finish is sanded by hand with 2000 grit sandpaper.  The wood shaft is left in its natural color.  Maple shafts are available by special request and are a bit stiffer as well as darker in color than polar and birch.
 
The baton handles are turned on the lathe and can be made from several different kinds of domestic or exotic woods (see price listing for choices).  Sanded to a glossy shine, the handles are either left natural or are stained for consistency in appearance.  Several different shapes are available: egg, large egg, teardrop, large teardrop, and variations of teardrop (sometimes referred to as elliptical or lantern).  Handles range in size from ½ to ¾ inches wide and between 1½ and 2½ inches long.  Longer or wider handles may be created if desired if a photocopy of the shape is sent along with the order.
 
The handle and shaft are dry fitted and tested for balance--usually balancing at the point where the handle meets the shaft or slightly further down the shaft.  The former creates a very light-feeling baton while the latter provides for a subtle feeling of weight at the tip of the baton.  When necessary, weight may be added to the butt of the baton handle to provide the proper balance.  The weight is made from solid brass, sanded and polished to a bright shine.
 
The wood shaft batons then receive two coats of premium semi-gloss lacquer with a light sanding between coats.  The result is an artistic piece of woodworking that is ideal for conducting.
Price List

Prices for Batons:

Wood shaft

   Domestic wood handles (Maple, Cherry, Exotic Cedar, Walnut, or Poplar): $26 each *
    Exotic wood handles (Honduras Rosewood, Redheart, Purpleheart, Zebrawood, Padouk, or the favored Walnut/Maple laminate (combo)): $28 each * ( Call 309-556-3268 for availability of these woods!)




Graphite shaft

    Domestic wood handles: $36 each *
   Exotic wood handles: $38 each * ( Call 309-556-3268 for availability of these woods!)

  1. * Any baton with a handle thicker than ¾ inches, please add $2
    Any wood not listed, including spalted or burled versions of either Domestic or Exotic handles will be more expensive. Please email for a quote.
Shipping and handling (inclusive of insurance)
 
  1.     1-2 batons: $10
  2.     3-4 batons: $14
  3.     5 or more batons: $16
 
All batons with handles smaller than 7/8 inches include an attractive clear, plastic tube with a logo label attached. They are shipped in a USPS approved mailing tube or, in the case of larger orders, sturdy cardboard boxes with packing around the plastic tubes.
 
 
Purchasing:
 
To purchase a baton please e-mail your order to the following address: rgarrett@iwu.edu.  Don't forget to include the type of baton including: Handle, Length, Wood type, and quantity.
 
For large orders please allow me with several weeks notification.  In cases where a specific style or size handle is preferred, please be prepared to send a photocopy or life-size drawing of exactly what you want.
 
Money Order or Cashiers Check will be the only acceptable form of payment.
All orders must be prepaid before they are shipped.
 
Please send payment to the following address:
 
Roger Garrett
17 Cashel Drive
Bloomington, IL 61704
 
I can be reached at Illinois Wesleyan University:
Phone: (309) 556-3268
Email:  rgarrett@iwu.edu



Please read the information regarding:
Care and Maintenance as well as Defective Merchandise and Shipping Guidelines
Graphite Shaft Batons
Graphite shaft batons are a combination of wood handles joined to a graphite shaft mad especially for this application.  These shafts are not fishing pole tips; rather, they are designed to exact thicknesses and tolerances especially for conducting.  The graphite is stronger and more durable than wood.  And, while this kind of baton is favored by many teachers for their beginning students, it is also a material chosen by many professional conductors and teachers.  Every graphite shafts is finished in glossy white and joined to the specified handle that is finished in lacquer.