Call to get involved in Bodgefest 2010!

A LOCAL bodging group is calling on local crafts people, artists and musicians to get involved in Bodgefest 2010.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 23rd July 2010, 4:21 pm

The event, organised by unique community project the Dunnottar Bodgers Group, is set to take place on Saturday, September 4 and is an opportunity for people to find out more about woodland crafts, get their hands dirty and enjoy a family-friendly day out.

With live music and children's entertainment, the group are looking to build on the first Bodgefest which took place in 2008 and saw a whole host of crafts folk, artists and musicians converge on the quarry area of Dunnottar woods for a day of fun.

And the group are sending out an invitation to more people to get involved this time around.

Dunnottar Bodger member Alan Craig said: "We are looking for folks involved in any sort of woodland or related craft to get involved - weaving, spinning, carving, furniture making and so on.

"It is hoped to make it a day for people involved in arts, craft and music to come together in the woods to have fun with local families. So anyone who is involved in crafts - especially with a traditional theme is very welcome to come and join in.

"Hopefully folks will be willing to run small workshops - making things, drumming, wood work skills etc - so that becomes a hands on day for people to attend. Interactive, participative, involved, learning by doing and experiencing not just watching.

"We will be running children's games, sports, races, treasure hunts, woodland olympics, and perhaps making a woodland orchestra. There will also be mask-making with a children's parade of results afterwards."

The group are also looking for children's entertainers, story tellers, those who could demonstrate bush craft skills and anyone else who wants to get involved.

Bodging is a traditional wood-turning craft, using green (unseasoned) wood to create cylindrical items such as chair legs and stretcher poles, historically for the Windsor chair manufacturing industry.

Bodgefest 2010, which is due to run from 12 noon to 6pm, is to be broadcast by Mearns FM. Organisers stress that all participants must be respectful of the woods and parking off site is encouraged.

Those who want to get involved are asked to complete an online form indicating their interest. Forms can be found at http://dunnottarwoods.org/events/2010/bodgefest.