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Forest of Dean Bodgers

Working with green, freshly cut, unseasoned wood outdoors – the traditional way – is a slow, creative, and connected way to make things. Using your hands to create and nurture has so many positive health benefits, both physical and mental.

The Bodgers Retreat is a large bushcraft shelter currently equipped with a pole lathe and shave horses, workbenches and seating and all the tools needed to partake in your chosen activity, including hand carving. We have plans to make a second pole lathe and more shave horses.

Members have full access to the facilities provided by the Forest Community Shed, its fully equipped workshop, social room, refreshments and the wider Orchard Trust Day Services site.
Meet people with the same interests, share skills, learn new ones in a relaxed informal atmosphere.

Potential for running courses and inviting in local talent.


We are currently raising money for the construction of an open sided accessible barn, to demonstrate and practice predominantly hand and heritage skills.

A space to demonstrate and practice those skills as well as other activities including pottery, willow weaving and spinning, as well as use it as a social space in a green environment.

running workshops at the Wye Valley River Festival 2024
pole lathe
shave horse
pole lathe demonstration
turned dibbers and mallets
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