The competition I like best at the Bodgers Ball is the Half Hour Challenge. The brief is: to make anything you like from a billet of green wood in half an hour, and that makes a good demonstration at shows or events. Stuart King was judging this competition and we had to show him the billet of wood that we were to use. We all went back to our pitch to await the starting whistle. I had a very large crowd around me - 50 plus people.The first thing was to axe out a small plank of wood.
With this competition I think it is important to talk to your audience, explaining what you are doing, how and why, plus relating any appropriate, amusing anecdotes and experiences. I did see Stuart briefly in the audience and I would hope that the challenge is also judged on this aspect. Mark Allery fed me one of his home made cookies soon into the competition, a big mistake as it shut me up for a minute while I chewed away on a slightly dry and too large mouthful.
My favourite bit is the interlocking and fanning out of the wing feathers. The bit of wood, by then, looks like a bird.
Stick a pin in its head and attach some thread, hold up and receive applause.
Bodgers forum and who made a bowl on the pole lathe.
To my great delight Stuart awarded me first prize.
Many thanks to Nick Winter for sending me these photos.
By the way if any of you know any good stories about birds, bird creation myths etc, please let me know
If you would like me to demonstrate at your show or even,t then contact me for my fee.
If you would like to learn how to make fan birds then I am running a workshop on Sept 24th/ 25th 2011.