The Wobbly Bodger will be demonstrating with us throughout the weekend and selling his amazing wooden fan birds.
In a tradition going back centuries, bodgers were originally itinerant wood-turners who worked in forest and woodlands. They cut timber and turned it into chair legs, on a very simple lathe that used the natural spring of a bent sapling to turn it. Their equipment was easy to set up and move around as they travelled from place to place.
Today the word ‘bodger’ is used more generally for craftspeople who work green wood outdoors, using traditional country methods.
The Wobbly Bodger loves making fan carved birds, handmade from a single piece of carefully selected larch, split approximately 40 times and manipulated to open out each individual feather to make each individual bird. Tradition has it that they are good luck, so they would be a great gift for anyone moving house or setting up in a new ‘nest’.
He also makes a pair of ‘love birds’ , again from a single piece of Larch, carefully balanced to pivot at the centre of the beaks and hung from a piece of fishing line. These would make a thoughtful and lovely gift for a newly engaged couple or bride and groom.
Each bird is unique and you can even add a little colour with acrylic paint or Sharpie Pens to make a stunning gift.