The Bodgers Ball

Last weekend I was at “The Bodgers’ Ball” at Horton-cum-Studley. This is an annual gathering of The Association of Pole-lathe Turners and Green Wood Workers, and there were about 250 people at the event.

It was a great opportunity to put some faces to names (Robin Wood and Ben Orford to name but two) and to catch up with old friends. As well as being a social event there were also many competitions to watch and take part in. I entered a piece in the craft competition in “non turned treen” section and there were many other categories from spoons to chairs.


These were the entries for the “six hour chair making challenge”

and here is Ben Orford taking part and winning in the “Individual Log to Leg” competition, where from two sections of an Ash log, the competitors had to turn two matching chair legs as fast as possible.

Ben completed this in well under ten minutes.

There were also workshops taking place over the course of the two days.

including spoon carving and patterning, basic knife skills and safety, axe work and chair seating.

Amongst all the tents and tipi’s it was also a good opportunity to test out my sleep system.

A nice find in the main arena was this Green-winged Orchid (protected of course by a wooden enclosure).

This was my first Bodgers Ball and I had a fantastic time and look forward to next years (wherever it may be).

You can read more about this event from Robin’s perspective here

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2 thoughts on “The Bodgers Ball

  1. I wish there green woodworking was more popular here in the States. I just got my copy of Green Woodwork: Working With Wood the Natural Way by Mike Abbott last week. I hope to build a spring pole lathe and shaving horse this summer.

  2. I look forward to seeing some results from your work Chris. Mike Abbott was at the Bodgers Ball last weekend.

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