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Britain’s Best Woodworker 2021: Everything you need to know

Britain's Best Woodworker is the newest craft TV show to Channel 4 and we're already hooked! Read our TV guide and discover everything from where the show is filmed to this year's contestants.

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You know by now that we love our craft TV shows here at Gathered so you can imagine our excitement when we heard about Channel 4’s newest show Britain’s Best Woodworker! Mel, Alex, and Helen are on a hunt to find Britain’s best woodworker and nine woodworking enthusiasts have been selected to battle it out to be crowned the champion woodworker. Millions of men and women in the UK have a passion for all things timber, and crafts like wood carving and pyrography are more popular than ever. If you’re one of these talented makers, or you’re just interested in this ancient craft, then Britain’s Best Woodworker is the show for you. We’re going to share all the info you need about the show including when and where it’s airing, along with judge and contestant profiles so you can get to know this year’s cast. Grab a cuppa and learn about 2021’s hottest creative show.

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When is Britians Best Woodworker on?

Britain’s Best Woodworker is on Thursdays at 8 pm. This is the first series of the show and it will run for 6 weeks. The first episode aired on Thursday 21st October 2021.

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Where can I watch Britians Best Woodworker?

Britain’s Best Woodworker is shown on Chanel 4 and is streamed on All 4. Channel 4 is fast becoming our go-to craft channel with shows like The Great Pottery Throwdown, All That Glitters, Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas, and now Britians Best Woodworker!

Where is Britain’s Best Woodworker filmed?

Britain’s Best Woodworker is filmed in the beautiful Glanusk Estate in the Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales. The contestants battle it out in a rustic, custom-built studio that’s kitted out with all the wood and machinery a woodworker could dream of!

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Photo credit: Glanusk Estate

Who presents Britain’s Best Woodworker?

Britain’s Best Woodworker is presented by everyone’s favourite TV legend Mel Giedroyc. The comedian and former Bake Off presenter has joined the show to find Britain’s most talented craftspeople. Mel spoke to the Radio Times expressing her love for the show and we’re so glad she chose to join the hunt for Britain’s best woodworker.

The woodworkers have got such grit. They’re a brilliant bunch of people and enjoyed all being together, because it is usually such a solitary activity. So for them to meet others who have the same passion was wonderful.
Mel Giedroyc for Radio Times
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Mel is joined by two judges, Alex De Rijke and Helen Welch. Both judges are incredibly talented and are more than qualified to judge the woodworker’s creations. Alex De Rijke is an EU architect and advocate of learning through experimenting and making. He’s taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, Düsseldorf School of Architecture and was the Dean of Architecture at the Royal College of Art from 2011-2015. His research into materials, methods of construction, and firm dRMM,  have changed the landscape of timber design forever and made him famous in the world of architecture.

Helen and I are well balanced, we have different views, but we arrive at the same conclusions. Helen comes from a technical background and is all about the joints and the joinery whereas I’m more critical of the conceptual basis of the work and the reasons for it.
Alex de Rijke for Channel 4

Judging with Alex is the just as influential Helen Welch who has 36 years of experience in the field of construction, furniture making, guitar making, and forestry. She’s the founder of The London School Of Furniture-Making, a prestigious school that’s the first of its kind in the UK. Alongside teaching at the school, Helen continues to craft, build and create in her spare time. She’s created everything from jewellery to wooden cabinets and her range of skills knows no bounds making her perfect being a judge on Britain’s Best Woodworker.

As the competition got into the latter stages, I was more and more impressed, the contestants put their heart and soul into everything and showed a lot of woodworking strengths.
Helen Welch for Channel 4
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Britain’s Best Woodworker contestants 2021

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Photo credit: @PlimsollProds

And now it’s time for the contestants! The nine contestants feature the best Britain has to offer in both traditional and modern woodworking. Here’s the 2021 cast of Britain’s Best Woodworker and we’ve included their Instagram handles because we know you’ll want to see some of the amazing pieces they’ve created.

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We hope you love Britain’s Best Woodworker as much as we do. If the show has left you feeling creative then you’ve come to the right place. Gathered is full of the latest craft trends and craft hobbies, just head over to our free craft patterns to see some of the lovely projects we have.