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Re: Bodgers Ball 2011 Thanks

Postby dkeller941 » Sat May 14, 2011 8:11 pm

Hey there everyone i must say what a lovely weekend
It was so nice to meet everyone what a great bunch of people you are. And thank you for all the positive comments on my article for the gazzete.
It truly was great to see all the enthusiasm their is for all the craft and i must say their was no negative about the weekend(apart from barn not being their)
Must say special thanks to Mark Allery else the weekend would not of ran as smoothly and just to say again great beer
I cant wait until next year. I going to start training for log to leg race now so i can hopefully come in top 3
Untill next time cheers
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Re: Bodgers Ball 2011 Thanks

Postby chainsawkid » Sun May 15, 2011 9:15 pm

Good evening.

We too would like to thank all the organisers, both local and national, for such an impeccable Ball this year. Thanks also to our local group organiser Mike Gordon for getting the Sussex shelters on site and organising our rabble!

I've now had a few days to get back to normal but I'm still buzzing from last weekend, it went by far too quickly. I came with some newbie friends who are getting into the green woodworking world, and they loved it! They said how much they felt at ease as everyone who caught their eye, smiled. I would like to thank you all for making them feel welcome.

One of the highlights for me was the Scythe talk and demo - Steve made it sound so easy and Mark made it look easy. I was surprised at how effortless and elegant it looked. The hewing demo was also really interesting, I've done a bit of timber framing with Joe Thompson of the Weald and Downland Museum using plumbob, scribing and a two foot rule but it looks like I missed a part of the process, just shows what can be done without a Woodmizer :wink: Thanks to Robin and Henry (?) for the demos.

Needless to say, the ale at £1.50 a pint went down well, and that's certainly a coalition cut I would welcome!!! And as usual the food and social ambiance was second to none, great fun. Just wish there was more than one a year.

Roll on Dorset 2012.....

James and Julia :-D
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Re: Bodgers Ball 2011 Thanks

Postby robin wood » Mon May 16, 2011 8:19 am

Hewing was Henry Russell, he has been living and breathing timber framing specialising in hand work and hewing for 25 years. Joe is great too though. I would second the thanks for the beer. I could not believe how well they judged quantities, just draining the dregs of the 11th and last barrel at 1am on Saturday night/Sunday morning. I vote we encourage Doug to come and run the bar at future AGMs, he is chair of the Horse Loggers Association and very busy with that so we were lucky to get him along.
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Re: Bodgers Ball 2011 Thanks

Postby anobium » Wed May 18, 2011 8:59 pm

A very enjoyable weekend, well worth the trip from France, and thanks to the organisers.
Sadly, though, someone helped themself to a fairly expensive and greatly loved adze from my pitch. I hope they enjoy using it as much as I did and I look forward to seeing the results of their labours at a future Bodgers ball.
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Re: Bodgers Ball 2011 Thanks

Postby robin wood » Wed May 18, 2011 11:28 pm

That is really very sad news, I can only hope that it was a member of the public and not APT. I have only ever heard of things going missing at events when we have had public in though as the organisation grows and we become less like a small group of mates that all know each other I guess it is inevitable that we will have to take more precautions, sad.
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Re: Bodgers Ball 2011 Thanks

Postby JamesHookway » Tue May 24, 2011 11:41 pm

Hi all

It is the guy who was doing the charcoal at the bodgers ball. (James Hookway) I see that people have been asking after me and at last I have had a chance to reply to every one. :D

I had a great time at the ball and it was great to meet so many people who were interested in what I have been doing. Thanks for all the support.

At the moment I have been putting together a short video of the charcoal retort to go onto youtube. I should be up loading it next week hopefully.

If anyone wants to get in touch sooner please email me at james@kenbourne.demon.co.uk

Once again that for the great weekend

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Re: Bodgers Ball 2011 Thanks

Postby Mark Allery » Wed May 25, 2011 8:57 am

robin wood wrote:That is really very sad news, I can only hope that it was a member of the public and not APT. I have only ever heard of things going missing at events when we have had public in though as the organisation grows and we become less like a small group of mates that all know each other I guess it is inevitable that we will have to take more precautions, sad.


I very much agree. Not the kind of progress we hope for at all. We had over 400 people turn up for the ball with quite a few people attending on the day and of course members can bring guests - so there were quite a few folks who weren't members but also weren't public either. This is a much bigger event than we have hosted before. I don't think you could say that security was very strong on the gates and it was also perfectly possible for people to avoid the NT kiosk and to walk in via the marquee instead and avoid paying either the NT or registering with the APT. I think we strongly outnumbered the visitors, most of whom would have been National Trust members and therefore did not have to pay to get in, but not traditionally likely to covet a treasured Adze, or even know what one is, more likely to purchase a scarf or a jar of NT honey in the shop in my opinion.

I mention this because there seems to be a vocal perception that opening to the public is inviting trouble - it was a question at the AGM with respect to the next ball . So whilst I understand your sentiments Robin, I don't share your hope that it would be a member of the public at all. Largely because it would be unlikely in my experience (I demonstrate around the public at sites like Brockhampton all year), frankly it's much more likely that a woodworker would want an adze than a member of the public let alone know a good one when they see it, and also because 'hoping' it's not a member (or guest of a member) can raise perception of the 'risk' posed by allowing the public to see what we do in relation to the benefits of raising awareness of our crafts in the public.

None of which reduces my disappointment and sadness that this has happened. I don't suppose there is there any point in putting a 'missing, if found please return to owner' - notice in the next issue of the gazette, but it might serve to raise awareness that this has happened if nothing else,

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Re: Bodgers Ball 2011 Thanks

Postby anobium » Thu May 26, 2011 7:43 pm

Agree with Mark, unlikely to be a NT member who nicked my adze, just a great disappointment.
I hope to attend the BB next year but will be more vigilant next time.
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Re: Bodgers Ball 2011 Thanks

Postby RichardLaw » Fri May 27, 2011 9:29 am

I know of a good source for secondhand adzes, if there is a photo of the missing one I could check whether my chap has one like it. I bought a small one from him for £10 a couple of weeks ago.
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Re: Bodgers Ball 2011 Thanks

Postby anobium » Sun May 29, 2011 8:36 pm

The missing adze was supplied from the site www.gaignard-millon.com ref no 1289 priced at €84.08, described as 'Petite Herminette Suisse'.
I was thinking that to reduce the chances of theft in future to inscribe an identifying mark on the blade.
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Re: Bodgers Ball 2011 Thanks

Postby JamesHookway » Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:56 am

Hi
If you are interested I am doing another charcoal retort firing on the 2nd July at Ecclesall Woods Sawmill Abbey Lane Sheffield S7 2QZ. I will be starting at 10.
Hope you can come
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Re: Bodgers Ball 2011 Thanks

Postby Wiffa1 » Sat Jun 25, 2011 1:17 pm

James, good luck with the firing. Sorry I cannot be there but please put some photos of the event on the web please.
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Re: Bodgers Ball 2011 Thanks

Postby Paul Thornton 2sheds » Fri Jul 01, 2011 1:56 pm

this morning over breakfast my 3 and a half yr old daughter asked if we could go to the bodgers ball this weekend - a years just to long between balls for such youthful entusiasm :D
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