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

Head Gardener's trail of the house

Wed 18 May 2022
To celebrate the start of spring we asked our Head Gardener to help us bring the outside in, with a garden-themed trail in the house.

Guided estate walks

Wed 18 May 2022
Take a tour with our estate guides through the beautiful grounds of Tyntesfield.

Family green woodworking – Make a stick animal and a whistle

Sun 29 May 2022
During this two-hour session an adult and child work together under the guidance of Somerset Bodger tutors to produce a stick animal and a whistle, and find out what a whammy didler is.

Forest school for under 5’s with Wild at Play

Tue 07 Jun 2022
Let your child’s curiosity bloom at Tyntesfield with Wild at Play forest school.

Summer sketching tour 2022

Tue 21 Jun 2022
Learn something new and be inspired to draw the beautiful grounds at Tyntesfield on this summer sketching tour.

Twelfth Night with The Handlebards

Sat 25 Jun 2022
Summer outdoor theatre on the Croquet Lawn with The Handlebards.