WOODFEST COUNTRY SHOW
Everything to do with working with wood
Our Woodland village is in a quieter part of the festival, It is like stepping back in time, and it is here will you find the woodsmen and artisans calmly working away at their trades.
Watch pole lathe turning, bodging, gypsy flower making, green woodworking, coppice crafts, coracle and long bow making.
You will be able to see how the craftsmen and women use their traditional hand tools such as:
Draw knives, shave horses, axes, knives, adzes, chisels and planes.
Bush craft skills, charcoal making, Rustic furniture, willow weaving, and handcrafted log pods are just a few more activities you will be able to see, with some including workshops for children.
Green wood working is Carpentry that works unseasoned “green” wood into finished items, and bodgers were highly skilled itinerant wood-turners, who worked in the beech woods of the Chiltern Hills. The term and trade also spread to Ireland and Scotland.
A pole lathe is a wood-turning lathe that uses a long pole as a return spring for a treadle. Pressing the treadle with your foot pulls on a cord that is wrapped around the piece of wood or billet being turned. The other end of the cord reaches up to the end of a long springy pole. The pole-lathe is constructed from timber in such a fashion as to make it portable but still rigid enough to turn accurately ...
The craftspeople and green woodworkers are always happy to explain their work!