A severe outbreak of bodging

There has been a severe outbreak of bodging on Dartmoor over the past few weeks! Bodging is the traditional art of fashioning of unseasoned or green wood into practical items such as furniture or fencing hurdles.

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Here is George (one of our volunteers) at Parke proudly showing off the two hurdles he has just made

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Here are three hurdles that Fred (Parke’s Ranger) made protecting the scratter (the apple pulper)

Bodging 2
Here is a chair that Dylan (Ranger in the Teign Valley) made

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And here is Dylan on a ‘shaving horse’ making poles for his chair at this year’s Chagford Show

Good to see the old skills being maintained and practiced – I suspect we will see more of this type of thing in the future – gives our woodlands a better future

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