Saskatoon business makes 15-metre, 1-tonne baseball bat
Progressive Yard Works builds bat for Sask. Baseball Hall of Fame
Whether it's the world's largest tomahawk in Cut Knife, Sask. or the biggest oil can on earth in Rocanville, there are plenty of big attractions in Saskatchewan.
Now, a Saskatoon business is slugging its way to a new Canadian record. Kyle Markusa, president of Progressive Yard Works, was presented with an interesting project about two years ago.
A customer asked Markusa if his company could build a 15-foot baseball bat. While he didn't have any experience creating giant bats, Markusa suggested making it a Canadian record-breaking 50 feet.
"I wanted to do it because obviously it's super exciting to do creative projects like this," Markusa said. "It's right in our realm of expertise of custom manufacturing products. I don't think there's many people who would even try it, but I figured, 'What's the worst that could happen?'"
Markusa is now only a few days away from finishing the enormous undertaking.
"It's just a big fun project," he said. "We really enjoy doing it. A lot of our customers and people that come in are just like, 'What are you doing?' Oh, you know, just building a bat. (They say) 'OK, that's weird, but cool.' So it's really fun."
The record-breaking bat will soon have a new home. After it gets a coat of paint, the bat will head to the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame in Battleford
It will be unveiled on Saturday, Aug. 16.