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The Wobbly Bodger at Ransom Wood


Major Oak Heritage Crafts is a small business created by Sue and Gary Joynt since 2015. 

Green Woodworking is the technique of manufacturing wooden products from green or unseasoned timber, sourced whenever possible from Ransom Wood and covers everything from making a ‘Fan Carved Bird’. spatula, bowl or spoon to making traditional chestnut fencing, ‘Stick Furniture’ Windsor Chairs and bespoke furniture.  

‘Green Woodworking is wonderful as only traditional tools, such as a drawknife, ‘Shave Horse’ and ‘Pole lathe’ are used and the beauty is, you can still hear the wildlife and birdsong whilst using the lathe etc, as it is very quiet. Although sharp tools are used, instruction is given to using safe techniques to limit injuries, mostly small cuts and guidelines on sharpening and how to obtain and sharpen tools, so they remain in good condition. 

Both Gary and Sue are disabled and therefore empathise with how challenging everyday life can be and aim to include everyone in green woodworking and can usually find a way of adapting techniques and practices to suit an individual or small group.  We also work closely with Hemendra and Lisa, of Green Scene Forest Schools also based on site and have been offering courses through funding obtained by ‘Hem’ and Lisa. 

Folks often ask why Gary is known as the ‘Wobbly Bodger’ and it because he is affected with a progressive condition known as ‘Ataxia’ that affects his balance, coordination and speech as well as spondylosis that affects his joints and muscles. 

Those tenants who venture towards the Paddock will have noticed just before you reach it, on the left, that some traditional chestnut fencing and a small hut, made from recycled pallets has appeared over the past 2 years and this is the Green Woodworking area, that has been ongoing with the help of family, friends, Ransom Wood employees and the very supportive Mr. Charles Cannon. The next phase involves erecting a shelter on site to provide cover from the rain and sun, and once this is finished, we will be looking towards running courses in Spoon Making, Fan Carved Bird making, stick furniture etc and making items for sale in Forever Green. 

The Wobbly Bodger is excited to be part of the Ransom Wood Business Park family and looks forward to working and growing the business on site. If you are passing, please feel free to drop-in and have a chat, a cuppa, and a chillax and if you are interested in attending a course or workshop, we can discuss prices, availability and duration? 

Major Oak Heritage Crafts 

Mobile 0791303326 

Email gary@majoroakheritagecrafts.uk

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Google Reviews


  • clair meade

    19/12/2023

    Brilliant place. Nature. Trees. Bliss.

  • Dirk R De Boer

    26/10/2023

    The old hospital, now a business centre, lots of parking, great surroundings

  • alison smith

    11/10/2023

    Lovely

  • joyce walsh

    17/06/2023

    Went for a course. Was easy to find and to park

  • James Oliver

    27/05/2023

    Went for a coffee.....great location

  • Sarah Dean

    16/05/2023

    Beautiful peaceful location. A hidden gem!

  • Derek Scott

    08/05/2023

    Very busy. All types of business are there

  • Sam H

    28/04/2023

    Lovely business park loads of free parking and plenty of 'hidden gem' businesses, including my favourite - Azure Aesthetics x

  • Neil Holmes

    31/01/2023

    A great venue

  • Sarah Beaumont

    15/12/2022

    This is such a beautiful setting for an office. Lovely & peaceful and the Ransomwood team are excellent! The maintenance team are always around if needed, great internet facilities and a fabulous café onsite too. I would highly recommend this place if you are looking for premises in the area.

  • Alan Benton

    28/11/2022

    Nice place for a business meeting

  • 1ndyskies

    15/09/2022

    I was on a speed awareness course at Ransom Hall, so not the ideal situation. The place however looked lovely. Very tranquil.

  • Ann Revill

    09/08/2022

    Lovely animals to watch and birds

  • Melvin Crofts

    30/05/2022

    Lovely place

  • Paul Gillon

    13/12/2021

    A well maintained business grounds with 100s of offices and a restaurant in the centre. Speed controlled and beautiful woodland surroundings, this place seems to be consistently upgrading.

  • Gareth Childs

    03/09/2021

    Great park to host a business

  • Dave Watts

    17/08/2021

    Love this place

  • Maxine Dillon

    15/07/2021

    We rent an office here and it’s just such a lovely place to drive into everyday

  • Chris Kho

    22/06/2021

    Still love to walk around. I used to live in the big house at the top of the drive, it was Oak House then and I nursed at Ransom Hospital , Byron Ward which was on the left side of Ransom Hall car park. Oak House used to be Sisters accommodation. I think the main chef lived upstairs when I lived there and just me downstairs mostly. I loved it but had to keep my kitchen door closed because of the squirrels. Loved looking down the drive out of my bedroom and lounge windows, beautiful in Autumn and when it snowed, I worked at Ransom Hospital until it closed in 1987. Wonder why Oak House was later named Ash House? Lovely dining at Forever Green in the grounds whilst I reminisce.

  • Tony Lewis

    20/05/2021

    Absolutely spot on as regards setting up a virtual office. Really friendly and helpful reception staff, with onsite meeting rooms available if needed. Very pleased.

  • Matthew Sheppard

    07/03/2021

    Beautiful

  • John Redfern

    20/07/2020

    Good food

  • David Draper

    25/02/2020

    Great place for taking pets a walk, lovely cafe with meeting rooms.

  • Pete Edwards

    08/02/2020

    A great place

  • Daryl Statham-waring

    20/11/2019

    Brilliant place, they have all sorts of businesses there. A cafe, hypnotherapy, hypnopuncture as well many others. Worth a drive up just to see what's there. Furthermore, it's in lovely surroundings.

  • Jo Harris

    13/10/2019

    Just go there and walk for miles! Beautiful views from strawberry hill too.

  • Philip Merry

    04/08/2018

    Go experience

  • victoria chandler

    28/06/2018

    Great place,hidden away

  • T Butler

    24/05/2018

    Set in beautiful woodland.. a very relaxing place to work.

  • Bec Ward

    12/03/2018

    Very tranquil here, feel at real ease could get lost in my own thoughts

  • S Curran

    17/01/2018

    Lots of meeting rooms. Follow signes not sat nav to find entrence as its moved. Plenty of parking.

  • Andy long

    03/12/2017

    Nice business offices and restaurant

  • Robert West

    05/02/2017

    Love it. Great setting, and reasonable rents.

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