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Britain's Best Woodworker 2022: 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.

Published: October 7, 2022 at 8:30 am
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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 that Channel 4's Britain's Best Woodworker is back!

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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 2022's hottest creative show.

When is Britians Best Woodworker on?

Britain's Best Woodworker is on every Wednesday from the 21st September. It will air at 8pm.

Mel and Tony in the wood working shop. Paul Groom / Channel 4

Where can I watch Britians's Best Woodworker?

Britain's Best Woodworker is shown on Channel 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, The Great Big Tiny Design Challenge, Kirstie's Handmade Christmas, and now Britain's 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!

Glanusk forest Britians best woodworker
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
britain's best woodworker Mel
Paul Groom / Channel 4

Last year Mel was joined by two judges, Alex De Rijke and Helen Welch. This year the show is shaking things up with two new judges. Woodworking expert Sophie Sellu and design academic Tom Dyckhoff are more than qualified to judge this year's contestants.

Sophie Sellu

Sophie is the brains behind Grain & Knot. She creates beautiful wooden objects made from reclaimed timber. She's made and sold everything from wooden vases to brushes as well as a range of incredible kitchenware. Sophie has won many awards and is known in the industry for her creativity and passion for sustainability.

Tom Dyckhoff

Tom Dyckhoff is one knowledgeable man. Previously an architecture and design critic for The Times, deputy homes and design editor at The Guardian, Tom's accolades are endless. You might recognise him from shows like The Great Interior Design Challenge and The Secret Life of Buildings as he's been both a presenter and judge on a host of shows.

We can't wait to see what Sophie and Tom think of this year's contestants!

Pictured: (L-R) Judge Tom Dyckhoff, host Mel Giedroyc and judge Sophie Sellu. Paul Groom / Channel 4

Britain's Best Woodworker contestants 2022

2022's cast features the best Britain has to offer in both traditional and modern woodworking. The ten contestants have already blown us away with their creations but let's get to know them better. Meet the 2022 cast of Britain's Best Woodworker...

Paul Groom / Channel 4
  • Tony, a graphic designer from Liverpool
  • Sarah, a corporate consultant from Kent
  • Jacob, a caretaker from Great Yarmouth
  • Amina, an academic developer from Greater Manchester
  • Lauren, a technician from Kent
  • Chloe, a student from Brighton
  • Calum, a 3D designer from Glasgow
  • Dafydd, a civil servant from Bridgend
  • Russel, a kitchen fitter from Kent
  • Tanya, a product design teacher from London

Britain's Best Woodworker 2022 episode guide

Episode one: Dining tables & ornate panels

Sarah in the woodworking studio, Paul Groom / Channel 4

What a first episode that was! The builds are bigger, the talented better and Mel is as funny as ever.

For the first challenge, the woodworkers were challenged to build a dining room table inspired by a country of their choice. It must seat six and be complete with a unique centrepiece.

Then the woodworkers were given a lifeline in the skills challenge. If they create and design an ornate panel the judges love and they'll be saved from elimination. It was a week of creativity, friendship and wonderful, wonderful woodwork.

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Highlights: Tony the tool won the ornate panel challenge saving him from elimination. Jacob's wooden hairpin legs broke but he pulled it back and won woodworker of the week! A well-deserved win. As always we loved watching the woodworkers help and support one another – that's what craft is all about.

Lowlights: Tony didn't finish his table in time and Sarah's legs were slightly too short. Amina's table just wasn't neat enough and unfortunately, it sent her home this week.

Quote of the episode: "Just put some screws in it" – we're not sure how useful that advice is Calum but what do we know!

Episode two: Highly decorated clocks & wooden roses

Tony working outside, Paul Groom / Channel 4

This week it was the battle of the clocks and war of the roses. The woodworkers were challenged to build detailed clocks which told a story close to their hearts. For the immunity challenge, they were tasked with making delicate wooden roses which looked very, very fiddly. We were also introduced to a new member of the crew – Ashely. We can't wait to see what she makes.

Highlights: Tony discovered the world of measuring and Jacob made some beautiful roses. Tanya, Chloe and Dafydd's clocks impressed but it was Laurens's beautiful IVF clock that won her woodworker of the week.

Lowlights: Jacob and Rusell's clock wasn't refined enough for the judges. Tanya's roses were more dandelions but it was Tony's unfinished pieces which sent him home.

Quote of the episode: "I'm just winging it" – aren't we all Dafydd, aren't we all?

Episode three: Children's toys & Welsh love spoons

Tanya working outside, Paul Groom / Channel 4

This week in the woodworking studio it was all about three words – play, interactive and keepsake. For the main challenge, the woodworkers had to create luxurious toys which have fun, interactive elements. The immunity challenge was also tricky as the woodworkers were asked to carve beautiful, decorative Welsh love spoons. Despite all the stress and in some cases blood, the resulting toys and spoons were incredible. Is there anything these woodworkers can't do?

Highlights: Ashley's ice cream parlour was good enough to eat. Russel's wheel featured exceptional joinery and any child would love Lauren's moped. Chloe's beautiful spoon won her immunity but Jacob was the judge's favourite with his contrasting light and dark wood tool table.

Lowlights: Jacob's wood kept buckling, Lauren was strapped for time and Sarah's potion pantry made her stressed! For the love spoon challenge, Russ broke every tool in the shed and Dafydd got blood... everywhere... and then Tom broke Tanya's time machine!!!

Quote of the episode: "Please get yourself into a nice handmade horseshoe huddle" – We're calling our Monday morning meetings this from now on.

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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.

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Phoebe Burt
Phoebe BurtSEO and Communities Editor, Gathered

Phoebe has worked for Gathered, and our sister magazine Mollie Makes, for 3 years. She manages our Arts & Crafts section and specialises in social media and content strategy. She has a background in all things marketing, a flair for Pinterest and a knack for finding the next big craft trend. Previously she worked as Digital Campaign Executive for Fat Media. You may recognise her name from Mollie Makes Social Media magazine, where she shared her expertise and top tips on becoming social media savvy.

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