Cat no. 4454

Chair Bodging and Chair Making in the Chiltern Hills

Running time11:23 Black & White Silent 1934-1935 Chiltern Hills, Buckinghamshire

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The production of wooden components for chairs and chair-making in the Chiltern Hills in the 1930s.

Genre:

AmateurTNA Project

The production of components for chairs is compared and contrasted at three locations in the Chiltern Hills. The film begins with the traditional activities of bodgers in beech woods, moves on to record the activities in a small workshop in Turville and concludes with shots of a mechanised form of a production in a modern countryside factory, including chair assembly.

Scenes include: bodgers at work in the countryside, cutting and shaping components for chairs, collecting water from beech trees for use in production and brewing tea over an open fire; activities in a small workshop in Turville, workers cut wood by hand and with a power saw and shape components for chairs; workers in a mechanised country factory cut wood with the aid of machinery, but shape it and assemble chairs by hand.

Shots with the bodgers in the beech wood include: bodgers cut a tree trunk; carry parts of the trunk to the work area; the wood is split and shaped by hand; bodger uses a pole lathe to turn the wood; water drained from beech trees is collected in a bucket and used on a grindstone to sharpen hand tools; turned wood is collected and stacked; wood shavings are used in an open fire, the bodgers sit around it and water is brewed for tea.

Shots in the small workshop in Turville include: workers cutting a tree trunk and splitting wood by hand; carrying it into a small workshop, where it is cut with the assistance of a power saw; the wood is then shaped by hand and with a treadle lathe.

Shots in the mechanised workshop include: wood to be used as the chair seat is cut and shaped with the assistance of powered machinery; components are cut to correct lengths with the assistance of machinery; wood is cut by hand and intricate designs are shaped by hand; chairs are assembled by hand.

Background Information:

There is a version of this film with a commentary on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP5_OJxNccY
Could the commentary be by Mr Alliott who made the film?

Featured Buildings:

Church of St Mary, Turville

Institute of Amateur Cinematographers

Eustace A. Alliott

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