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

Guided estate walks 2021

Fri 22 Oct 2021
12:00-13:00
Take a tour with our estate guides through the beautiful grounds of Tyntesfield.

Introduction To Green Woodworking with the somerset bodgers

Sun 31 Oct 2021
10:00-16:00
With expert guidance from our experienced tutors, you can learn and improve your traditional woodworking skills and techniques on this course.

Make a one leg stool with the somerset bodgers - two day course.

Sun 07 Nov 2021
10:00-16:00
With expert guidance from our experienced tutors, you can learn and improve your traditional woodworking skills and techniques on this course.

Make a stool or coffee table with the Somerset Bodgers two day course (sorry, sold out)

Sat 27 Nov 2021
10:00-16:00
With expert guidance from our experienced tutors, you can learn and improve your traditional woodworking skills and techniques on this course.

Wreath Making

Thu 02 Dec 2021
10:30-13:00
Front door in need of some Christmas cheer? Join us at Tyntesfield for a festive wreath making workshop in the Sawmill with hot drinks and mince pies.

Chapel Christmas concert 2021: Byrdsong

Fri 03 Dec 2021
19:30-20:30
Come and enjoy the very best in Christmas music in Tyntesfield's glorious chapel.