The Somerset Bodgers

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

'Play Hard' behind the scenes tour: 27-31 January

Wed 29 Jan 2020
11:00-11:45
Step behind closed doors and find out more about the Gibbs family and how they made Tyntesfield their home.

House tickets: February weekends

Sat 01 Feb 2020
12:00-13:00
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.

'Work Hard' behind the scenes tours - 3-7 February

Mon 03 Feb 2020
11:00-11:45
Step behind closed doors and find out more about the Gibbs family's servants and what working life at Tyntesfield was like.

Feel Good Friday: Tyntesfield run

Fri 07 Feb 2020
09:40-11:00
Blow the cobwebs away with a morning run round the Tyntesfield estate, enjoying spectacular scenery along the way. Every other Friday, except bank holidays and school holidays.

'Work Hard' behind the scenes tours - 10-14 February

Mon 10 Feb 2020
11:00-11:45
Step behind closed doors and find out more about the Gibbs family's servants and what working life at Tyntesfield was like.

Family marbling workshops

Mon 17 Feb 2020
11:00-14:00
This February half term, get creative by making your own marbled book mark or greeting card in our family workshops.