The Somerset Bodgers


Tucked in a corner of the upper courtyard at Home Farm is the home of the Somerset Bodgers, a group of skilled craftspeople who offer courses and workshops in this historic craft.

The Somerset Bodgers are a local group affiliated to the National Association of Pole Lathe Turners and Green Woodworkers. Their aim is to promote green woodworking and keep alive ancient skills.

You can usually spot them in their home in the upper courtyard of Home Farm on Mondays and Fridays, between 10am - 3pm, but you might spot them on other days of the week when they are working on comissions or running courses. 

Dick, saw-chaining a lump of yew tree which was transformed into the Poet's woodland chair.
A man wearing a a checked shirt, green work overalls and an orange safety helmet and goggles, saw chaining a lump of yew tree wood, he
Dick, saw-chaining a lump of yew tree which was transformed into the Poet's woodland chair.

The bodgers use timber harvested from across the National Trust's Bristol sites, and so regularly have interesting pieces of wood for sale, or can use to create a specially comissioned item. 

There are also regular woodworking courses, from spoon carving to making your own chair. These are a great opportunity to learn a new skill, or a unique gift. 

Upcoming events

Golden tree walks

Sat 19 Oct 2019
Join us during the golden season for self-led walks through the changing colours of Tyntesfield's trees.

Autumn seasonal trail

Sat 19 Oct 2019
Pull on your wellies and step into autumn for the first of a series of new seasonal trails.

Seasonal squash display

Sat 19 Oct 2019
The gardeners have been busy growing 33 different types of pumpkin and squash which will be on display in the Orangery.

$tow High in Transit

Sat 19 Oct 2019
A thought-provoking photography exhibition by Olli Hellmann revealing the links between the ‘boom and bust’ of Peruvian guano and the transformation of Tyntesfield.

House tickets: October

Sat 19 Oct 2019
To enter the house at Tyntesfield, you'll need a ticket. These can be pre-booked or picked up from the ticket office on the day.

Seasonal food and craft markets

Sun 20 Oct 2019
We welcome an array of local food and craft producers to Tyntesfield's Home Farm on seasonal Sundays throughout the year.