Viewers last night slammed the toe-curling final episode of Channel 4’s Handmade: Britain’s Best Woodworker.
On yesterday’s episode of the new show, which is called “Bake off for wood,” three amateur carpenters were asked to make a garden building at least two meters high, two meters wide and two meters deep.
By proclaiming the woodworkers ‘the best of the best’, the judges crowned Helen Welch and Alex De Rijke carpenter Misti, from Ludlow, the winner.
However, many of the viewers were stunned by the programme, with one writing: ‘I have worked with some very gifted craftsmen over the years. This makes my toes curl.’
Viewers last night slammed the latest episode of Channel 4’s Handmade: Britain’s Best Woodworker while calling the program ‘toe-curling’
Another commented: ‘A tough watch with Mel chatting, both judges have their own opinion so far. I’m surprised they were able to see the work at all.
“The sickening stratification of media awakened and obsessive use of the word SHE every 8 seconds and then clearly the wrong winner.”
Mel Giedroyc welcomed the three finalists back to the workshop in the Old Woods on the Glanusk Estate in Wales to create their largest structure ever.
In the series’ final major building challenge, Misti and her fellow finalists, Charlie and Radha, were asked to create a garden building inspired by their hobbies.
Many of those watching the program wondered if the carpenters were “the best of the best” and said the show was “toe curling.”
The trio had just two days to build the massive creations that would take professionals weeks.
Misti made an intricate garden lounge built of cedar and raised from the ground with steps leading to cushioned seats and a roof of fabric shades.
Meanwhile, fellow competitor Charlie designed a teepee for the challenge, while Radha said he wanted to create a “meditation” space.
The judges questioned Charlie’s “questionable” nails, with Helen saying, “There’s something that would have been super nice if they’d met.
The judges questioned Charlie’s “questionable” nails, with Helen saying her teepee would have been “super beautiful” if the joints met
Meanwhile, Helen and Alex congratulated Radha on the ‘quality’ of his build, despite it being unfinished (pictured)
“Well done for trying.”
Meanwhile Helen and Alex congratulated Radha on the ‘quality’ of his build, despite it being unfinished,
Alex said, “You wasted some of your time laminating the frame.”
In reviewing the build, Alex told Misti that she was a “perfectionist” and said: “The minimal structure is very clean, very precise… I love the built-in sofa. It makes it habitable.’
And it was ultimately her garden structure that led to her being crowned Britain’s best woodworker after six weeks of competition by Alex and Helen.
When reviewing Misti’s wooden garden building, Alex called the amateur carpenter ‘a perfectionist’
The amateur woodworker encouraged viewers to ‘just be them’ and ‘be whatever you want in this life’ (pictured)
About winning, Misti said: “It feels great. I’ve always wondered how good I am at things, but I’m the winner. It feels really good.’
She continued: “There’s no question that I live my life differently and I wanted other people to see that it’s actually okay, you can be whatever you want in this life and you can succeed at things in this life, despite your differences.” .
“Everyone should just be their thing and do their thing and be happy.”
Serial judge Helen, founder of the London School of Furniture Making, said of Misti, “She’s been amazing from the start, it’s been a pleasure to watch her grow.”
After being crowned the winner of the program, Helen said Misti was ‘great from the start’ (pictured, Misti with the trophy)
Misti worked for over 30 years as a high-end interior designer in mansions and stately homes.
A few years ago Misti decided to put it all behind her and now works from her workshop in the forest, sculpting from stone and wood.
Before the series started, Misti said her strength would be her eye for design and her knowledge of wood and what it can do.
Despite the judges admitting they were “blown away” by Misti’s efforts, many onlookers were unimpressed.
One person wrote: ‘Terrible! German carpenters will cry in their beers and laugh at themselves at such an incompetent TV show featuring horrible woodworkers! As for the judges…’
Despite the jury praising Misti as ‘a perfectionist’, many viewers questioned whether the contestants were ‘the best of the best’
A second commented: ‘”These are the best of the best”….hmmmm?’
Another wrote: ‘The best of the best is really, really pushing.’
It is far from the first time viewers have planned the program.
After the first episode, viewers criticized the “wretched” judges for being “too harsh” on the contestants.
And after the second episode, many viewers criticized the difficulty of the challenges in the show.