Local woodland enthusiast, Graham Thorne, knows that woods are in his blood! This photo is of his great grandfather, Daniel Thorn.
Daniel was born in Cholesbury in 1841 and as an adult worked as a bodger while living in Buckland Common. We know that he was a 'ranger' for Buckland Wood but do not know what that involved. The hard outdoor life clearly suited Daniel. He was buried in the Baptist chapel in Buckland Common, where he was the organist, less than a mile from where he was born 93 years earlier.
Woodworkers were often very versatile changing occupations according to demand. During his lifetime censuses recorded Daniel as a turner, labourer, chair turner, chair maker and chair leg turner.
In this undated photo Daniel Thorn is hard at work. Behind the dog on the right hand side a huge pile of shavings can be seen. He is probably making chair legs.
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