Dave The Bodger
About Dave The Bodger
I make chairs using traditional green woodworking techniques. Starting with fresh felled ash or oak the wood is split and then carved with a drawknife. The finished components have bold facets and follow the natural curves in the wood. I make Welsh stick chairs, following the tradition of country chairs made simply with a minimal set of hand tools. I also make desk chairs and dining chairs using a method know as post and rung in styles similar to those made by Ernest Gimson and the Arts & Crafts Movement. I carve household utensils, mostly spoons but also bowls and cups. I'm know for my painted ware, scoops and spoons that have a think milk paint finish that has an almost ceramic appearance. I regularly teach spoon carving courses and details can be found on my website.
Handmade greenwood furniture: Welsh stick chairs, post and rung dinning chairs. Spoon carving: runs regular learn to carve courses, makes beautiful wooden spoons for all occasions including Welsh lovespoons.
Open to the Public?
Yes, by appointment only
Provides Course / Training
Available for Craft Fairs
Available - please ask about pricing
18 Bisley Road
Welsh Stick Chair – 8 stick
High back Welsh Stick Chair with 8 spindles in the back. Made from elm and oak to suit average height person, front of seat is 18 inches (45cm) from ground. Can be made higher or lower to suit and available in natural or ebonised black (see other images). £1350 by commission.