Firing, also known as woofberhting, was the process used to harden a bat by removing moisture from its wood. Firing processes all involved fire, of course, but true woofberhting was only practiced by the dogs of the mountains.
They used their native Mountain Ash wood, and long double-sided kilns carved right through the mountains themselves, about the length of a tall dog. The bats were tossed spinning through one end and out the other repeatedly. A poor toss resulted in a ruined bat.
With the moisture removed, the result was a dark, hard, and durable bat that was then engraved with the symbol for Woofberht. A picture of this symbol is to the left. Woofberht baseball bats were sought after, and just one could fetch piles and piles of goods in trade.