Are you a bodger, or do you know one?
‘Bodgers’ (chair leg turners) used pole lathes to turn logs into chair legs. The lathe spins the chair leg so that the turner can cut pieces from it with his chisels. Most bodgers used a simple pole lathe like this one. The lathe turns the chair leg backwards and forwards with the up and down movement of the pole.
This particular lathe has holes bored into the top to hold candles so that bodgers could work late into the night. Bodgers were highly skilled but the word is also used to described someone who does a bad job.
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