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The World Champion

Peter Wood, chair-maker, green wood-worker and teacher of traditional woodland crafts has won the world championship log to leg race held at the Association of Professional Foresters biannual trade fair held at Ragley Estate With heats on the first two days of the show the final was held in front of a large cheering crowd. Competitors have to race to complete a matching pair of chair legs starting with a freshly felled log of Ash. The wood is cleaved (split) to the right size, then roughly shaped using a traditional drawknife before the billets are set on the pole lathe (a foot powered lathe) and turned into a matching pair chair legs. Penalty time is added for mistakes and if they don’t match! with Peter…