I've always been fascinated by the idea of bodgering. It could probably be a viable craft income stream. It's something I have always associated with England/Scotland/Ireland have never read about bodgers in early colonial times in US.
Our inability to change everything should not stop us from changing what we can.
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Must not forget Mike Abbott, a major figure in reviving interest in green wood working. Green Woodwork: Working with Wood the Natural Way probably his best known book.
Robin Wood, practically rediscovered pole lathe bowl turning. Also has a line of tools for spoon carving and such.
I’m working toward my own green woodworking teaching space on our homestead in SW MI.
Traditionally bodgers were turning chair legs and spindles, which they sold in bulk to chair makers back in town. Temporary woodland workshops with riving breaks, shaving horses and pole lathes. Probably a pretty precarious way to make a living, but easily romanticized today ;)
I’ve built stools and benches and workbenches and carved a few dozen wooden spoons and spatulas, working from trees felled on our homestead.
Just getting started with my sawmill, which opens up a different realm of working with wood. Milling boards is a much faster process than riving and planing. Very different results and very different sort of work. I really need hearing protection running the mill. Not so much with a friend and riving break ;)
Sometimes you feel like a nut. Sometimes you feel like a tiny ad.