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NEWS RELEASE No: 1541012 APRIL 2012

Bodger and weaver invite folk to get rustic in Chambers Farm Wood

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Julien Cole, who will be showing people ancient green wood working skills in Chambers Farm Wood

The Forestry Commission has come up with a crafty plan to introduce more Lincolnshire people to two ancient country skills.

Beginner’s workshops are being staged on green wood working and willow weaving in spectacular 360 hectare (900 acre) Chambers Farm Wood, near Wragby.

Bodger Julien Cole, from Osgodby, returns on 22 April after his sell-out event at the same venue last year by inviting people to try a traditional pole lathe and make items such as spoons and rolling pins. 

Julien became a rustic craftsman after seeing a green wood working demonstration at a country fair.   He now wants to inspire others to discover the delights of working with timber.

Alison Walling’s willow creations are also inspired by a love of nature.

The award winning Lincoln-based artist will show people how to make a garden obelisk and trellis on 5 May. The former arts teacher is keen to see many willow varieties once grown in Lincolnshire replanted, both as material to work with and also to create habitats for wildlife.

Hannah Darcel, Forestry Commission ranger, said:

"We are really fortunate to have so many gifted craftspeople in Lincolnshire keeping old skills alive.  There are few thing more satisfying than working with a natural material and using techniques passed on down through the ages." 

Places on both events are limited and booking is required on 01623 822447, or email

The location is the Chambers Farm Wood Centre, off the B1206 Wragby to Bardney road, and the price is £45 for each event. All materials will be provided, along with a barbeque lunch.

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