October 14th, 2010

Working on it


The term 'bodge' these days tends to refer to a quick and dirty repair, usually of poor quality. An example would be patching up rusty car bodywork using chicken wire and filler instead of cutting out all the rot and welding new pieces in. Traditionally, however, bodging was a common occupation. Bodgers were craftsmen who worked in the woods, cutting branches and working them by hand to produce a variety of pole-shaped items (eg. legs for chairs and tables).

I've recently had cause to replace several rotten oak pegs (trenails) that should have been holding together the ancient oak frame in the back wall of wibble_puppy's house. Collapse )