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Chair leg bodging: In his woodland shelter, a chair bodger uses a portable pole lathe to turn chair legs.

Bodging a chair leg

The beech woods of the Chiltern Hills provided the bodgers with their preferred material and the surrounding area became famed for its chair production. The bodger made all turned parts of the chair which, after several weeks of drying, were sent down to the chair-making factories.

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