Little John (Terry) and I headed out to the Bodger’s Ball on the Saturday morning of our trip in Walesby, just outside Nottingham. Terry was hoping to find a bow and several arrows to try some archery, but of course, I only needed two arrows.
There was a large marquee (tent) that held a lot of the contest entries, vendors, and auction items. There were also many folks set up outside with tents and caravans. There were probably 400 total people there and I am told that attendance doubles when the ball is held in the South of England.
The focus is of course on green woodworking and hand lathe work. There were springpole lathes, treadle lathes, and some other interesting hybrids. What wasn’t there were power lathes.
There were some interesting characters that made an appearance.
There were lots of hand turners of course. The highlight of the event was called “log to leg”. Contestants are given a 18 inch billet, split , along with a sample leg to duplicate. First the blanks are shaved on the shave horse, then turned on the spring pole lathe. The winner is the shortest time to complete two legs, but they are also judged on quality against the sample leg. The winner last year completed two legs, completely, in 7 1/2 minutes.
There was a bowl carver.
There were many hand made objects for a competition and classes.
And chairs, all hand made.
Here is my favorite. This chair was completely done by a 12 year old Chairmaker.
Bowls and brooms.
Green panel woodworking.
I love this shaving horse that holds spoons as well.
Of course a stop to Sherwood was obligatory along with the church that Robin and Marian were married.
There were tons of other pictures. If I could figure out how to upload all of them to instagram I could post all of them. If anyone has a hint of how to get them there from my computer, let me know.
I am heading out on vacation, but hopefully I can post one more entry soon.
One more hint on the next one, “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse”.