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A lot of bodging used to be done in the beech woods around High Wycombe - making legs and stretcher poles for the furniture industry that used to be based there. Here a bodger sits at his Shave Horse shaping wood with a Drawknife. Bodgers used to camp in the woods and it is thought that the name bodger was derived from the wood dwelling badger.

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This is a great capture of a true craftsman John... it is nice to know that there are still people capable of making thing by hand....petersmile
John Prior: Thanks Peter, good to know that some keep old traditions alive.
I always thought that I was a bodger John. Now I see that I am not even worthy for that.
John Prior: Good word bodge, more polite than some terms smile
great hand craft
John Prior: Thanks Chantal
  • Chris
  • England
  • 24 Apr 2012, 08:22
Excellent stuff John. We have this sort of thing at Westonbirt Arboretum too
John Prior: Good that the old traditions are kept alive Chris.
Nice tones John - very under the canvas! smile
John Prior: Yes that helped on a rather dull day.
  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Apr 2012, 10:21
A craftsman at work John reminds me of Kenya in the place where they were making all the different wood carving, but there were about 600 there.
John Prior: Thanks Peter, I wonder if he makes a living from it, or just a hobby. In Kenya it's probably the difference between living or starving.
I thought a bodger was someone like me who was useless at DIY!
John Prior: Perhaps it would be a mistake to ask him to put up a shelf Bill smile
Bill and I must come from the same mould, but this man is a craftsman I'm sure.
John Prior: Certainly put on a good show, nice to see old traditions kept alive.
Nice picture and colors.
John Prior: Thanks a lot for visit Victoria
Great capture of a no doubt dying art! Nice natural tones. Cheers, Dave.
John Prior: Thanks Dave, it's a good job a few enthusiasts choose to preserve the old traditions.
A wonderful portrait!

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