Handmade: Britain’s Best Woodworker returns to our screens for a second series on Wednesday 21st September 2022. At Axminster Tools, we see part of our role in the woodworking community as helping to ensure practical skills and knowledge are not only sustainable and protected but shared with others. When the show aired for the first time last autumn it introduced woodworking to a whole new audience; inspiring more people to get creative. So when we were asked by Plimsoll Productions, the company behind the programme, if we wanted to be involved again we were only too pleased to support the show.

About Handmade: Britain's Best Woodworker

Hosted by Great British Bake Off’s Mel Giedroyc, the first series of Handmade: Britain's Best Woodworker launched on Channel 4 in the autumn of 2021. According to Plimsoll, it drew the highest audience for a Channel 4 launch in a primetime slot in more than four years. The show follows a competition format, challenging woodworking enthusiasts to create ambitious builds. Filmed in a beautiful woodland setting, each episode centres around a ‘Big Build’. The panel of judges examine the pieces before deciding who should stay and who should leave the competition.

The Judges

This series features new expert judges, Entrepreneur and Woodworking Expert, Sophie Sellu, and Design Academic, Tom Dyckhoff. The pair scrutinise the designs, techniques and skills as the competitors are pushed to their limits, before finally crowning one winner.

The Tools

Once again Axminster Tools supplied a large number of tools and machines for the show. Included are some of our favourite Axminster own brands, some of which are made on-site at our Devon headquarters. Let us know if you spot any of your favourites in the comments below.

As seen on Handmade: Britain’s Best Woodworker

What's next?

In a rare move for a factual-entertainment format, Channel 4 commissioned a second and third season at the same time. So it seems as though we can look forward to series 3 next year. To catch up on the first series and missed episodes from series 2 visit Channel4.com