2016 Cubacan Project






More is in his 70’s. 50 years ago, when he started making bats he was given this lathe to work with. The lathe, which they believe came from Bulgaria was used when they got it. The tools that More uses were also there when he arrived.

More and the other members of the team will make up to 50 bats in a day, which is an amazing feat considering what they have to work with. In a good year they will make between 6 and 8 thousand bats. More works with two types of wood. Majagua is a domestic wood which is available in limited supply. They also work with maple and will begin using ash in the future.

When Cubacan visited the shop we found that they had two main objectives, improve the quality of the bats and increase the number of bats they can produce. Better equipment will make both these goals possible. 

The current machine used by most bat companies is a CNC lathe (Computer Numerical Controlled) which produces a bat in 90 seconds. Cost, just under $250,000. In addition to the cost, these are very sensitive, computerized pieces of equipment which are not suited for the Cuban environment. The CNC lathe is replacing a previous generation of machinery called a hydraulic copy lathe. They are mechanically controlled rather than electronic, making them a much better choice to deal with the heat and humidity in Cuba. Not to mention the fact that a good used copy lathe can be purchased for under $25,000, which is only 10% the cost of a new CNC lathe.

We’ve identified a Copy lathe as our primary goal in terms of supplying equipment. In addition to this lathe we will provide a full range of tools and equipment need to support their production targets. This list includes, but is not limited to the following.

  • 2 Manual lathes for fine tuning and finishing bats.
  • 2 complete sets of knives and gouges for each lathe
  • A dust collection system 
  • Proper lighting
  • Safety equipment including safety glasses and hearing protection
  • Band saw for re-sawing 3” maple and ash.
  • A shipping container which will be converted to a kiln to store their wood.

Our Partners

  • Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC) a National Umbrella Organization for a large number of Cuban Solidarity Groups in Canada, will be our lead Partner. 
  • Cubacan, which essentially is made up of two people, Gerardo Hernandez and Bill Ryan, will deal with all technical matters in both Canada and Cuba.
  • Mr. Lorne Gershuny, An Attorney in Toronto will hold and administer all proceeds through his Trust Account.
  • Cubacan Committee is a dedicated group of individuals with experience in a wide variety of fields will support the project. (See below for a full list of members)


Donations can be mailed to the following addresses. Please make checks payable to the 2016 Cubacan Project. 

(Please Do not send Cash)

The 2016 Cubacan Project
c/o Mr. Lorne Gershuny 
1577 Bloor St W,Toronto On
M6P 1A6 

The 2016 Cubacan Project
c/o Bill Ryan
3004 Brown Side Rd.
Smiths Falls, ON
K7A 4S7 

You can also chip in via GoFundMe:

Please Note, as this is not a registered Charity, no tax receipts will be issued.

These are our contributors so far:

Margaret Burns, Ireland
Mike Boehmer, Canada
Stephen Kimber Canada
Heide Trampus,  Canada
Bill Hackwell, United States
Ben Lefebvre,  Canada
Linda McDowell,  Canada
Robert Davis, Canada
Margaret Burns, Ireland
Yadel Lugo, United States
John Comfort, Canada
Ben Lefebvre,  Canada
Canadian Network on Cuba,  Canada
Embassy of Panama, Ottawa
Dave and Shirley Stapley,  Canada
Gordon and Diane McLelland,  Canada

Thank you very much for your support!