Bodging in the Woods

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At Trelissick Gardens we spent a day in the woods with Dave Hart the resident bodger .

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A bodger is someone who works with green, unseasoned wood, scented and soft to work with.

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Traditionally, a bodger would set up camp in the woods in the summer months, making his own equipment and turning chair legs to sell to carpenters for stools and chairs.

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Afterwards I couldn’t stop whittling! So peaceful and absorbing, finding a shape, working a way around and through the knots and quirks, seeing a new form take shape…

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