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 – mid height back
An ebonised Welsh Stick Chair in oak, ebonised with iron and vinegar solution. This design has a smaller seat, both narrower and shallower than my standard size. Seat height is 18 inches (45cm) at the front but could be varied to suit. £1200 by commission.