Viewers SLAM Channel 4’s new ‘Bake Off for Wood’: Handmade: Britain’s Best Woodworker judges are slated as ‘too harsh’ and ‘horribly mean’ while challenge to build a bed is deemed ‘too complicated’ for first episode

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  • The first episode of the new show Handmade: Britain’s Best Woodworker aired last night
  • The program follows the popular format of Bake Off with challenges and judges.
  • Nine amateur carpenters make a showpiece and complete a technical task
  • Although many viewers felt that the judges were ‘too harsh’ and ‘pathetic’ on the show
  • Helen Welch and Alex de Rijke were slammed by viewers for ‘horrific’ comments

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Viewers slammed the ‘pathetic’ judges of Channel 4’s Handmaid: Britain’s Best Woodworker for being ‘too harsh’ with the contestants last night.

In the first episode of the new show, called ‘Bake Off for Wood’, nine amateur carpenters are asked to build a showpiece bed and tackle a technical task in the ‘Big Build’ challenge.

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Deciding who would leave were two industries heavy loads; Award winning architect Alex de Rijke and founder of the London School of Furniture Making Helen Welch.

However, viewers criticized the show, saying that the challenge of making the bed in the first episode was too difficult. Others said the judges were very critical, with one saying: ‘It’s a bit rude to put the judges to shame.’

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Viewers slammed the “pathetic” judges Helen Joyce and Alex de Rijke of Channel 4’s new “Bake Off for Wood” last night for being “too harsh” on the contestants.

Starting the program, Alex explained: ‘Wood has soul. You as a designer and a manufacturer have to answer that.

‘I want good quality and I want simplicity but I know it is not easy to achieve.’

Meanwhile Helen said: ‘I’m not going to be too forgiving if the ending is too rough and ready.’

The first task saw builders build a double bed, at least 2 meters high, and ‘beautifully built’, indicating a good understanding of joinery and effective use of wood.

However many onlookers felt that the judges were very critical of amateur carpentry, including a moment in which he said that carpentry on a bed shaped like a boat was 'unforgivable'.

However many onlookers felt that the judges were very critical of amateur carpentry, including a moment in which he said that carpentry on a bed shaped like a boat was ‘unforgivable’.

Speaking to contestant Rada about his hopes of building a Japanese-style bed, Alex told him: ‘Your design makes it complex and I’m all about the virtue of simplicity.’

And speaking of Tim’s decision to make the ‘ship-bed’ later, he told fellow judge Alex: ‘What Tim is doing is certainly highly eccentric but it’s a crazy design.’

He continued: ‘It makes it look like he has bitten off more than he could chew.’

Meanwhile in the skill challenge the amateur carpenter had 90 minutes to make a printing block.

Many of those watching said that Helen and Alex came upon the amateur carpenter as 'fierce' and 'harsh'

Many of those watching said that Helen and Alex came upon the amateur carpenter as ‘fierce’ and ‘harsh’

During the judgment, he told Mandy that it ‘didn’t have a fine print’, while Billy was told: ‘Your tree might be a cauliflower.’

Carpenter returned to the tent to continue with his bed design, before the judges once again criticized Billy’s design.

Alex said that it was ‘do or die’ for Billy as he expressed concern that they would see the carpentry in his wooden bed.

After two days of contestants’ epic effort, Alex and Helen begin to study carpentry.

The first episode of the new show challenges nine amateur carpenters to build a showpiece bed in the 'Big Build' challenge, which breaks down in the middle of a job to tackle a technical task.

The first episode of the new show challenges nine amateur carpenters to build a showpiece bed in the ‘Big Build’ challenge, which breaks down in the middle of a job to tackle a technical task.

Meanwhile in the skill challenge, the amateur carpenter had 90 minutes to make the printing block - the judges said the billy tree design looked like a cauliflower

Meanwhile in the skill challenge, the amateur carpenter had 90 minutes to make the printing block – the judges said the billy tree design looked like a cauliflower

Tim’s eccentric bed the size of a boat was slated by Alex, who told him: ‘It could move like an ordinary rocking horse. This is a missed opportunity. I am very sad about this.’

Helen said: ‘There’s some really iffy carpentry going on.’

Meanwhile Alex went even further, remarking: ‘Ifffy is not a word, unforgivable is a word.’

And art school graduate Jade was told her intricately carved headboard ‘didn’t work,’ Helen explained: ‘You could have decided to do something more structural.’

Meanwhile Helen said art school graduate Jade's intricately carved headboard was 'a bit messy' (pictured)

Meanwhile Helen said art school graduate Jade’s intricately carved headboard was ‘a bit messy’ (pictured)

The joinery on Tim's ship's bed was also slammed by the judges, who told him it was 'not only iffy but unforgivable'.

The joinery on Tim’s ship’s bed was also slammed by the judges, who told him it was ‘not only iffy but unforgivable’.

Helen later said: ‘It’s a bit messy for me.’

However, it was Chantal who was eventually given the boot for his ‘useless’ sculptural design.

Many on the watch felt that the judges were ‘too harsh’ on the contestants, with one saying: ‘The judges don’t like it at all!’

Many on the watch felt that the judges were 'too harsh' on the contestants, with one saying: 'The judges don't like it at all!'

Many on the watch felt that the judges were ‘too harsh’ on the contestants, with one saying: ‘The judges don’t like it at all!’

Another wrote: ‘These creative contests often stand or fall by their judges.

‘ That’s where #AllThatGlitters fell in, and I really don’t like the men judging on #Handmade. It would be terrible without mail.’

A third commented: “I really hoped this #handmade woodworking show on Channel 4 would be the next Pottery Throwdown/Bake Off/Sewing Bee, but it hasn’t taught us woodworking skills or techniques, the judges are cold.” And they need the starter is small (eg simple boxes before bed etc!’

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