Bodge, bodger

Posted by R. Berg on April 15, 2002

In Reply to: Found phrase -- chair bodger posted by ESC on April 15, 2002

: CHAIR BODGER -- "Don Weber, a Welsh chair bodger, or chair maker, worked on a lathe in his Paint Lick (Kentucky) shop last week. Weber trained in the old craft of woodworking when he lived in Great Britain. He needs only period electricity, nails or screws are used." Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, April 15, 2002.

: Anyone know the origin of "bodger"?

BODGE, v. Obs. or dial. [An altered form of BOTCH, v. . . . ]
1. trans. To patch or mend clumsily.
2. 'To bodge up'; to put together clumsily; to botch up, to do or make up in a clumsy fashion.
BODGER, Obs. or dial. One who 'bodges'; a botcher.
1552 . . . Bodger, botcher, mender, or patcher of olde garmentes.