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Bodging Milano



Last summer I was invited to join eight other designers to experience bodging first hand with the expert guidance and infinite patience of Gudrun Leitz in Herefordshire (www.greenwoodwork.co.uk). We had five days to make a chair using the traditional tools and construction methods of the Windsor chair.

The main principle is that the seats are made from green wood, the spindles, legs and bows also, but they are then partially dried before assembly. This ensures that the seat will shrink more than these components which are tenoned into it – resulting in a very fit. Its a fabulous way of using the inherent qualities of the material to its best advantage. Oh, and working with green wood was a revelation – dust free and quiet!

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