Viper Bats Swings for the Fences in the Home-Run Businesses

The Sedro-Woolley-based company makes and sells some 15,000 baseball bats a year
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Snakeskin Finish bats hang to dry in the paint room

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Viper Bats Inc. began as a hobby business in the early 2000s run from founder and former SC Johnson salesman Don Fine’s garage. He originally began making wood bats for his son and his teammates, who decided to form their own wood-bat baseball team while in high school. Fine’s hobby soon turned into a full-time endeavor, prompting him to quit his day job and launch his own company in 2004.

Today, Viper Bats sells about 15,000 bats a year, with annual revenue approaching the $1 million mark. Fine’s son, Chris, also helps his dad run the five-employee company as the office manager and website director. Viper’s handmade bats are manufactured at the company’s shop in Sedro-Woolley and sold online or directly to teams, leagues and players — ranging from youth to minor and major league pros. Viper’s bats range in price from roughly $30 for an XX blemished-wood softball bat to $190 for an Apex series composite-wood hardball bat. See below for more images:


Bats are being laser-engraved


Cut baseball bats wait to be sanded and finished


The engraved mark in a bat is filled with paint in the color choice specified by the customer


A baseball bat is sanded on a lathe


A head-on view of the laser-engraving process

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