Making a Bodge of things in the forest

Bodger Ian Major, from Langwith, Derbyshire, wood working in historic Sherwood Pines Forest Park.
Bodger Ian Major, from Langwith, Derbyshire, wood working in historic Sherwood Pines Forest Park.
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THEY call themselves the ‘Jolly Bodgers’ - and now craftsmen Ian Major and Bryan Eskriett are sharing their skills in the ancient practice of woodturning.

The pair, who make household furniture and objects, are staging a two-day rustic stool making workshop for beginners in Sherwood Pines Forest Park where they practice their hobby.

Ian, from Bolsover, has had wood- turning and furniture-making in his blood for two decades.

He said: “Trees are not just for looking at.

“Wood has been worked for thousands of years. It would be great to see more local craftspeople using timber.

“We’ll be teaching people how to make a stool and spurring them on to be creative with the design.

“There’s tremendous satisfaction in making something with your own hands and taking it away to use.”

The workshop takes place on Sunday, March 31 and tools, materials and refreshments will be provided in the £85 cost.

n Email karina.thornton@forestry.gov.uk for information or to sign up for the workshop.