Episode 14 Money for Nothing


Episode 14

Sarah saves a chair, some hawthorn wood, an old art deco style toy and a broken table from the nation's tips. They are all transformed with the help of three talented artisans.


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Oh, no, I like the look of your rubbish.

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How do you make money for nothing?

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I love a little rummage.

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The answer could be hiding in the 30 million tonnes of household waste

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we throw out every year.

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I think that I might be able to make something out of that.

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That's why entrepreneur, Sarah Moore,

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wants to get her hands on things before they hit the skip.

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That... That's wartime.

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I'm a passionate buyer, user and maker of old stuff,

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and I've turned that passion into a moneymaking business.

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I make new stuff out of old stuff and I sell it for a profit.

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And with some of the country's elite designers and makers...

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-That was brief.

-Oh, the potential!

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No!

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..she can transform her finds into desirable...

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A work of art.

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..valuable...

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..and hopefully saleable items.

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Holy moley!

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If Sarah is successful,

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then she can hand the profits back to the very people who had no idea

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there was cash to be made from their trash.

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Thank you. I'm astonished!

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The first stop on Sarah's cross-country tip treasure hunt

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is the Witley Recycling Centre in Surrey.

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She's searching for four items that can be transformed

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to make cash from old trash.

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Wonky sideboards, stopclocks, occasional tables, legless chairs,

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they can all be made marvellous and all make money.

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All I've got to do is find them.

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Sarah's been given special permission to be here at Witley,

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so please don't go raking your local rubbish tip.

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Leave that to the experts.

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I can tell the quality of your rubbish.

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You've got superb quality rubbish.

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Oh, yes, there's all manner of things at the tip today.

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Luckily, Sarah's spotted something a bit sexy in Sam's Land Rover.

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-Hiya.

-Hi.

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Look at the legs on that.

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Is that your old broken table, then?

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It is an old broken table, yeah.

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This is Grandpa's, he's decided to get rid of it.

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It's been in storage for a while. Time to go, I think.

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-And was it quite a stylish house?

-It was very '70s.

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I think that's when they stopped buying furniture, so...

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-It's time-warp furniture, then?

-It is, massively, yeah.

-Yeah.

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It's a fantastic piece of English furniture.

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It's made by Ercol. It's got that look to it.

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You haven't got the end bit, have you? Oh, you have got the end bit!

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-I believe we do.

-If that marries up on there...

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It does, yeah.

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Then you've just made my day.

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-Fantastic.

-Rather than putting it into wood and timber,

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-can I take it away?

-Yeah, absolutely, no problem at all.

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-Yeah, see what you can do with it.

-Brilliant, thank you.

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That's definitely made my day.

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I don't think I've ever seen Sarah so excited.

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But what does Sam make of it?

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I'm not sure what Sarah can do with that, it's been sitting around the house for quite a while.

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It's in a bit of disrepair, it's quite old,

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but I'm sure someone out there will find something in it.

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If somebody had asked me what I really wanted to find today,

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it would have been a piece of Ercol furniture.

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Admittedly, this one's in two pieces,

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but, still, it's a fantastic find.

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And Sarah's lined up a fantastic craftsman to restore it

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to its former glory.

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Jay Blades is a man with many talents,

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with furniture restoration being at the forefront of his skills.

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A couple of people have asked me, how do I describe my style?

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Personally, I don't know.

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I call myself a modern restorer,

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which basically means I restore furniture for a modern market.

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Jay has an appreciation for classic, mid-century design,

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and a love of traditional craftsmanship

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to which he adds his own modern twists.

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Someone did say to me once, "Your furniture makes me happy,"

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so I used to call my furniture "happy furniture."

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It makes you smile and adds a little bit of humour to your house.

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My style is definitely not boring.

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My style is definitely not run of the mill.

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Well, Jay, that confidence is certainly going to be put

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to the test when you see what Sarah's got for you.

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Admittedly, the table is not in the best condition,

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but I'm hoping Jay will see past that and take it on and make it into

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something fabulous.

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-I need help.

-You need help?

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-Come with me.

-OK, let's go.

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So this is a...

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manufacturer that I enjoy the most working on.

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-This is Ercol.

-Other furniture manufacturers are available,

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but this particular brand has been turning out quality British pieces since 1920.

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Their sleek, mid-century designs are particularly en vogue.

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But this one's more "en bits", really, isn't it?

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He has...seen a bit of water, I would say,

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and that's what opens up these joints

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and allows that piece to come off of there, but...a brilliant find.

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These tables are, as far as I'm concerned, timeless.

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Even though you've got all of these marks and stuff like that on there,

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when this is sanded,

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the beauty of what this will come back like is just phenomenal.

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I know exactly what I'm going to do with this.

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And I know exactly how to fix this and make this worth every penny.

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Have you got a rough figure in mind about what I'm going to leave you with?

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The figure that I believe

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I would need to do this is 150 to start off with,

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and with probably 175, maybe 200 maximum.

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It depends on the gluing and how long that's going to take.

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OK, if I can leave you 175 quid, if you can, it would be great to bring it in on that.

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See how you get on with the cracks.

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Obviously, if it's a lot of work and pushes up to 200, that's fine.

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I'm going to pull all of my creativity from everywhere to work on this,

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so when you come back, hopefully you will be totally impressed with it.

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-I hope it doesn't cause too many problems.

-Thank you. All right?

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-Lovely to see you.

-Likewise.

-Take care, Jay.

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Well, that is just the reaction I was hoping for from Jay.

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Yeah, I can't wait to start working on this one. She's had a good find.

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And I'm really pleased about that price - £175 roughly.

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I should be able to make money out of that,

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and I'm talking about big money.

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Not too much pressure, then, Jay.

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With a maximum spend of £200 on materials and labour,

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fingers crossed Sarah won't be disappointed.

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That's the first item dropped off, just another three to find,

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and Sarah's travelled to Altringham, Greater Manchester,

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to search for her next hidden gem.

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"No TV's" what? No TV's...

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..remotes? There should be something here.

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Enough of the grammar police.

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Why don't you have a look at Trevor's old wood?

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-Is that out of your garden?

-It is, yes.

-What is it?

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Hawthorn. It was a tree that I cut down

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because I wanted...the fencing was bad at the back.

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God, it weighs a tonne, doesn't it?

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But it's gone through three chainsaw blades.

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Just blunted them straight away.

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It looks to me like there's enough left in it that I might be

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able to do something with it.

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I'm not sure that Trevor's too convinced, to be honest.

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I shall take that away and if I manage to make a chopping board

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and little spoon, can I come back and show you what I've done with it?

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Of course you can, yeah. Take it with my blessings.

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-Thank you so much.

-Yeah.

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Hawthorn is one of the hottest burning woods,

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so if Sarah can't come up with a plan...

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at least they'll make a nice fire.

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But what does Trevor think she'll make?

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There's some good wood there.

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I'm sure she'll get more than spoons out of it

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but it's going to take a lot of hard work.

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I hope she's got sharp tools because it's very, very dense.

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This may look like dirty old chunks of wood at the moment

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but I know exactly who to take it to so I can clean up

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and have a real chance of making some profit.

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Sarah knows just the people who can tackle all that wood.

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Say hello to Josh and Oli, designer-makers,

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business partners and best friends.

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These boys use natural and recycled materials to create

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handcrafted furnishings and high-end interior pieces.

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I'm Josh and this is Oli and we're Forge Creative.

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I think the main thing we love is designing new products

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and new furniture, where you've got that idea and you come into

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the workshop and just see it come to life.

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The sort of thing we'd like Sarah to bring us would probably be

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something with a bit of character, a bit of age to it.

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I think we like something with a bit of a story.

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Like a rusty bit of metal or like a weathered bit of wood,

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something like that, that's got a bit of history and character to it.

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Well, they're in luck, cos Sarah's hawthorn stumps

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are definitely old and definitely weathered.

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I'm really hoping my humble collection of hawthorn logs

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is going to come good, because I need to make something

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out of these and at the moment, it's not looking that hopeful.

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There's a real danger that Sarah's exuberance at the tip

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might have a rotten outcome.

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Hello?

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-Hello!

-Hiya!

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-Come and see what I've got for you.

-You OK?

-I need a hand.

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Oh, lovely, some logs. Nice!

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-So, I think they're hawthorn.

-OK.

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-Fairly chunky, aren't they?

-Yeah.

-Yeah, they're nice.

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There's a lot of nice colour in there, you can see it already.

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Yeah, it feels really heavy and really hard,

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so hopefully it should have quite a crisp look to it.

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-Will that translate?

-It's good to be a dense timber.

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What kind of pieces could you get out of these size chunks?

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Well, I was just thinking ornamental pieces,

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because the wood hopefully will be quite interesting in the middle.

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So whether we make some kind of vases or...

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-yeah, some kind of ornaments out of them...

-OK.

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If you really think you can get something out of it...

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Yeah, we'll certainly give it a go and try our best,

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see what we get out of it.

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On closer inspection, it turns out one of the chunks is not quite

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so solid in the centre after all.

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I think it's got creatures inside it.

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Has it? Sorry.

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With this one, we'll just have to wait and see and see how much

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of it is just rotten soil.

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If we get time,

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it could be like a sculptural piece.

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I think that might be code for "erm, dunno".

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So, budget. This set aside, how about those three bits?

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We've got maybe either one big vase or maybe two vases out of that.

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There's maybe another small vase there,

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and then, if we get time...

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it could be like a sculptural piece,

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but we'll see how it goes with that one.

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So, I reckon 250 for these three bits,

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and then if we can make something that you sell for thousands

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out of that then we'll call it two grand.

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I love an optimist!

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OK, well, 250 quid on the table for that.

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Good luck with getting on with that.

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-Always a pleasure.

-Thank you.

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I have really left those lads with a challenge this time because

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they're going to have to dig really deep and use all of

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their creativity to turn those old stumps into hard cash.

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But Josh and Oli aren't easily daunted.

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I think they will be really nice

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because there's clearly some nice wood in there.

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Just need to get in there and get cracking with it.

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Josh and Oli are looking for £250 to produce

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a set of vases and possibly some ornamental pieces.

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I just hope that wood holds together.

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At his studio in Wolverhampton, Jay's about to make a start

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on the table Sarah left in his very capable hands.

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It's only until you've taken it all apart that you can actually see

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what you're working with.

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Originally constructed in panels, a lot of them have started to split,

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and one of the drop leafs has completely broken off.

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It's just a simple, classic design. It's timeless and it works well.

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So, it's kind of like the Meccano of furniture.

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It's really, really simple.

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We all know that this part is never straightforward.

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It's interesting, cos someone's had a go at this already.

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And it's always quite worrying when someone's had a go.

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See? What did I tell you?

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They've done a trick, what I normally do,

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which is put some timber, or something, into the hole.

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This ensures a nice fit. Not a complete novice, then.

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And here they've just put the whole of the matchstick.

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Rather than snapping it off, there's a whole matchstick in there.

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Then again...

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Also, what I've noticed is almost every screw is of different size,

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different thickness within that frame.

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As it's different... Ercol does not do that,

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all of them will be uniformed and stuff like that.

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But surely a screw's a screw, isn't it?

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Look at the size of that one...

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..compared to the size of that.

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And they're completely different screws, completely different.

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And it's done some serious GBH to the table top.

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So what has happened, by using a really long screw here...

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So you've got one...

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and two, they've come straight through.

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So, basically, when I want to have this top as a showpiece,

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I have to make sure that those holes are filled up.

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If you're fixing furniture from a popular manufacturer,

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the best thing to do would be to contact them for advice

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on the right screws to use.

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Now, onto the main part of the restoration.

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With gluing, I've always been taught that more is more.

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I normally say less is more, but more is more.

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It's better to have more glue than less glue.

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Cos it's only going to squeeze out in the sides anyway,

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which we will then clear up.

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The same theory as I use on my jam sandwiches.

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Jay's using wood glue,

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which is designed to set thin so there are no gaps in the joins.

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If the glue works on this, it forms it and it holds it really nice,

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brilliant. I can do all the rest.

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The gluing is the hard bit,

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because that's what's going to last the test of time, well and truly.

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To make this strong again,

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as strong as it was when it came out of the factory, is really important.

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It'll be a tense 24 hours for Jay.

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If the glue doesn't work, well,

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he doesn't have a table and it will mean a complete rethink.

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In Sussex, Josh and Oli are getting familiar

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with their hunks of hawthorn.

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OK, shall I...? I'll start working on this piece and make some vases.

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Yeah.

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I'm going to have to figure out what we can do with this one

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-cos it's looking pretty...

-Pretty rotten.

-Yeah.

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Looks like Josh has drawn the short straw here.

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Stage one is to investigate,

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which seems to involve pretty much every method of chopping up wood.

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As hawthorn is so dense, Oli's breaking out the big guns.

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After all that chopping, is there anything usable left?

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Yeah, so I've got some all right bits out of the log in the end.

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There's a lot of rotten bits.

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You can see there's loads of, like, bits that aren't so great,

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but I think there's some good wood in there.

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Josh is going to make a set of ornamental trees

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that are a speciality of theirs,

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while Oli will make a start on one of the vases.

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I'm just trying to adjust this and try and get it to sit well.

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Obviously it's going to be shaking around a bit,

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but I'll just do my best to get it balanced.

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It's just a case of slowly getting it rounder

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and then we can speed up the lathe and get cracking with it.

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Time for the boys to get spinning.

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Even though these lathes can spin the wood to up to 1,500rpm,

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it'll take some time for Oli to get that wood down to a round piece.

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Josh's smaller ornaments are quicker to create.

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They've turned well and they've come out all right.

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It's really like characterful wood. It's pretty cool.

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Meanwhile, Oli's making progress with his vase.

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Yeah, it's getting there now.

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It took a while to get it rounded off,

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but it's looking more like a vase now.

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Next is to, yes, just carry on getting the shape I want

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and drill the hole in the middle,

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sand it and take it off to finish it.

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But Josh has hit a problem while making his third tree.

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A lot of it's all right, but then there's just little patches

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of like, that bit is just really squidgy.

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At the end of the day, you've got a bit of rotten wood, haven't you?

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There's not a lot I can do, I can't get rid of all of it.

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But I can just try and work around it.

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Working with rotten wood is certainly a rotten job,

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especially with Oli turning what turns out to be fine timber.

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Back in Wolverhampton,

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Sarah's about to see Jay's restoration of the broken table.

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Well, if I'm ever lucky enough to find Ercol, I always think of Jay,

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and if he's managed to work his magic on this piece of furniture,

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there could be some real money on the table.

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Ooh, I like what Sarah did there,

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but will she like what Jay has done to the table?

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The table is done and dusted. I'm really, really happy with it.

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Compared to how it was when it first came in here,

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it was a bit in bits, it wasn't really a table,

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it was just bits of timber.

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But it had the look to become a beautiful Ercol and turn it into

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a beautiful black swan, which it is now.

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So, hopefully, she'll like it.

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Sarah left Jay with a battered and broken ugly duckling of a table.

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But, left in the hands of a master craftsman,

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a beautiful black swan has indeed emerged.

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The table top is now a complete piece.

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The legs Jay so admired are dressed in black lacquer paint, with little

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colour splashes giving it a contemporary, modern twist.

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But will it be to Sarah's taste?

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Oh, my word! Look at that!

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He's done and dusted.

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It's a whole table again!

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-It is a whole table.

-And, hold on...

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I can see a little Blades magic going on here. What's...?

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Just a little bit, just a wee bit.

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I would always have to add just a little bit of colour,

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so the flicks is what I'm kind of into at the moment,

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it's my playful kind of time.

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It's all due to my daughter, basically.

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She likes flicking paint and just having a great time.

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So that's why I did that.

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Fantastic, and which end was the broken end?

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-That end?

-This end was broken, this was broken as well, coming apart.

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This, I've glued it as much as I can,

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and this one had a little bit...

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So all of them were coming apart, basically.

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But this was the fully broken one.

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-It feels lovely.

-Yeah, it should do,

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it's had a really beautiful rubdown and oiling.

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And, yeah, now it's just allowed to sing.

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-It's really, really gorgeous, I think.

-It looks really cool.

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-Did it give you any problems?

-There was a load of different screws,

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different sizes - they had used screws from beds,

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from different tables, from a whole load of stuff,

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so I contacted Ercol and they gave me the right measurements for the

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screws that I needed to then put them in there.

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Which was absolutely easy.

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It's nice to have a bit of authenticity, isn't it?

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-Yes.

-It looks great.

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-Yeah.

-Budget?

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Budget, £200, bang on.

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That's great news for me, isn't it, because with a £200 investment,

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I really stand to make some money out of this one, don't I?

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Yes, definitely!

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They both seem very sure of themselves, don't they?

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I believe this should just fly off the shelf.

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This is something that is quite sought-after.

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A lot of people are wanting these because of the dimensions.

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Once you've dropped the leaves, they're easy to just put in a small space, a small kitchen,

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so they're ideal, and they're a classic.

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Jay has definitely stamped his own little twist on that table.

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That might be a bit much for the Ercol purist,

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but I hope somebody likes it,

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and I hope somebody buys it.

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Little did Sam know when he was set to chuck it in the tip.

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You might not like this but there are people clamouring to get their hands on this stuff.

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It's in a bit of disrepair, it's quite old,

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but I'm sure someone out there will find something in it.

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You're not wrong, Sam.

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Jay has made sure that this iconic piece has at least

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another 25 years of use.

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And Nick Smith, a regular client of Sarah's,

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snapped up the table to sell through his vintage and retro company,

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Smithers of Stamford.

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Sarah has now returned to Witley to show Sam

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what became of his grandfather's table.

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And possibly hand over some cash.

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-Hello, Sam. Hi there.

-How are you?

-DOG BARKS

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-Really well, nice to see you.

-Good, good.

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You've got the Hound of the Baskervilles.

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We do, unfortunately. We've got a Jack Russell, I'm very sorry.

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-No, they're lovely, aren't they?

-Well, it depends.

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When I last saw you, you were being a very good grandson, weren't you?

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I was, yes, helping with the dump run.

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Your grandfather was clearing out some...

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I thought the quality of his rubbish was excellent, actually.

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-Really?

-Yeah.

-OK, good, good.

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-I loved the look of his table.

-Did you know anything about that?

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No, I was utterly clueless.

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I just thought it was a very old table he was chucking out.

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It was broken, but did you think we might be able to mend it?

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I wasn't sure, actually. I thought, considering the damage to it,

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I thought it was pretty much a write-off.

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Yeah, it wasn't working as it should as a table, but if they do break,

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they're reasonably easy to mend.

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So your table went to a guy called Jay Blades,

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he works up in Wolverhampton, and he was delighted to see it.

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Even in the state that it was in, he was very enthusiastic about it.

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-I've got some pictures to show you...

-Brilliant.

-..of what he did.

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So, your table...

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now looks like that.

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Oh, wow, looks like a proper table, all fixed up.

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Yeah, no, that's looking lovely now, actually, yeah.

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It looks absolutely lovely, the quality of the finish was beautiful,

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-and I've sold it.

-Oh, wow, brilliant. Fantastic.

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With a little bit of profit, I think coming your way

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after all your help in the tip with your grandfather.

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I have got £50 here.

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-Oh, wow.

-For you.

-Thank you very much.

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-So, it's £50.

-Brilliant.

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-What are you going to do with that?

-I'm going off to France, actually,

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tomorrow morning, so it'll probably get spent over there.

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Well, I think that is lovely, and please thank your grandpa so much

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for letting us take away his rubbish, and for all your time.

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And, yeah, I think you'll have a lovely time with that in France.

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-I'm very jealous.

-No problem at all, thank you.

0:24:120:24:14

-Thank you so much, Sam, lovely to see you again.

-Thank you very much, you too.

-Bye-bye.

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Sarah spent £200 having the table put back together by Jay,

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and she was able to sell it for 250,

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which left a £50 profit to hand back to Sam.

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Well, that was a little reward for all of Sam's hard work helping his

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grandpa at the tip, and he's got 50 quid to go and spend in France.

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That is a good result.

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With the first item selling for a profit

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it's time to press on and pick up another one.

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It's bonkers round here. Look at them. Flooding in.

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When it's this busy, you have to keep your eyes peeled.

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Luckily, Sarah has spotted John

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with his Georgian-style chair among all the clutter.

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I like your chair.

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Well, it's...

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-The elbows have gone.

-OK.

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-It's a...

-We were going to get it refurbished,

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but then we decided just to dump it.

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It is tricky, isn't it?

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Because it's quite a lot of money to get them reupholstered.

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-It is.

-And if you don't love it, then...

0:25:250:25:28

-Yeah.

-Yeah. So tell me, how long have you had it?

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-And where did it come from?

-I think we've had it for about...

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..six years. We got it from a friend of my wife, who is an artist.

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It's got a really lovely shape about it.

0:25:410:25:43

-Is it comfortable?

-It's very comfortable.

0:25:430:25:45

-Can I have a go?

-Yeah.

0:25:450:25:47

-It's lovely.

-Yeah.

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Isn't it?

0:25:500:25:52

Yeah, it's good to sit in.

0:25:520:25:53

I think it's lovely, but can I take it away?

0:25:530:25:55

-You certainly can.

-Thank you so much for letting me have it.

0:25:550:25:58

-Would you be all right just help me over there?

-Yeah.

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Georgian furniture is a style which dates between 1714 and 1837

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and was made popular by designers such as

0:26:050:26:07

Thomas Chippendale and Robert Adam.

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The style of John's old chair fits this Georgian period,

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with high sides and delicate features.

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But what does he think Sarah can do with it?

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I would imagine where there's a will and a way

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that you could refurbish it,

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and then I think it would look really good.

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And I'll be interested to see how good it does look.

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I think this chair's got a fantastic look.

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It is actually reproduction, I think.

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But it's cool, because look at all these curves,

0:26:330:26:36

there's a lovely shape to it.

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Reupholstered, it is going to look fantastic

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and I know exactly who to take it to.

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Introducing Anthony Devine.

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Anthony's unique and quirky upholstery has earned him

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the reputation as one of the most imaginative craftspeople around.

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Anthony can upholster almost anything,

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but he does love a good chair.

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First thing I see in a room is a chair.

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When I go round to people's houses, I look for quality,

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I look to see what I would do differently.

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Some chairs look like they're almost, kind of, destined for the tip.

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But if you see one ounce of potential, then save it.

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I suppose it is a bit of a love affair I have with chairs.

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They're very beautiful things.

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Anthony loves classic lines, beautiful shapes and stylish looks.

0:27:320:27:37

Hopefully, he'll also like this old thing.

0:27:370:27:39

I think Anthony is the only man who's going to make this into

0:27:410:27:43

something amazing for me, and he's going to have to use

0:27:430:27:46

all of his skills if I'm going to make money.

0:27:460:27:48

Anthony?

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-How are we?

-We're good.

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Wait till you see what I've got for you.

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Shall we just take it inside? Just don't say anything.

0:28:000:28:03

Do you want to just tip it straight in my skip?

0:28:030:28:05

It's not that bad!

0:28:050:28:06

It's not a little gem, is it?

0:28:120:28:14

It's a big something, not a gem.

0:28:140:28:17

Anthony really isn't sold on it

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but I'm sure that Sarah can talk him round.

0:28:200:28:24

It has potential.

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In?

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I've got a really good idea for it.

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OK. Just bear with me on this and see if you think it will work.

0:28:300:28:33

How about...

0:28:330:28:34

..cut it in half, stretch it out

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and make a fantastic Georgian sofa out of it?

0:28:360:28:39

Brilliant. Let's do it.

0:28:390:28:41

Really? Is that possible?

0:28:410:28:43

It's not just quite as simple as cutting it in the middle.

0:28:430:28:45

What would the process be?

0:28:450:28:47

Well, do away with everything between this gap.

0:28:470:28:50

So, by chopping the chair in half,

0:28:520:28:54

retaining the Georgian-style sides and building a new middle section,

0:28:540:28:58

the small seat will become a large couch.

0:28:580:29:01

I like the stretch part of it, I have to say.

0:29:010:29:04

That sounds fun.

0:29:040:29:06

Like... Not just little but big, stretch big.

0:29:060:29:10

OK, big would be great.

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Maybe a couple of new legs in the middle, you know, five-person.

0:29:110:29:15

Something that goes in the hallway of a Georgian stately home.

0:29:150:29:20

That kind of...

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With a modern-ish look.

0:29:220:29:24

OK. I can see you're buying in already.

0:29:240:29:27

A little bit of enthusiasm for it.

0:29:270:29:29

-You can do it.

-It's coming.

0:29:290:29:30

I am almost overwhelmed with the enthusiasm,

0:29:310:29:34

but how do they intend to cover this monster of a sofa?

0:29:340:29:38

Colour-wise, I don't know,

0:29:380:29:40

it's either beautiful light linen or it's very dark.

0:29:400:29:44

I would go dark.

0:29:440:29:46

Yeah, dark velvet.

0:29:480:29:50

But then, you know, maybe we should just have a nice chic fabric on it.

0:29:510:29:55

-Country cottage sofa.

-No.

0:29:550:29:58

A five-seater sofa in dark velvet sounds expensive.

0:29:590:30:03

Is it, Anthony?

0:30:030:30:05

It's going to hit just under a grand, realistically,

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but then it's going to be a whopper.

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I mean, it might even take a few people to carry this bad boy out.

0:30:130:30:17

It really is going to be a substantial-sized chair.

0:30:170:30:20

I'm happy to leave it like that.

0:30:200:30:22

I can't wait to see it.

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Sarah seems happy her radical idea is underway.

0:30:250:30:29

Well, I think that is an excellent plan for that old chair

0:30:300:30:33

and between us, I think we're going to create something

0:30:330:30:35

that looks absolutely amazing.

0:30:350:30:37

But at a shade under £1,000, that budget is quite punchy.

0:30:380:30:45

It better look fabulous.

0:30:450:30:46

It's never just simple. It's never like,

0:30:460:30:48

"Oh, Anthony, I've got this perfect chair for you.

0:30:480:30:51

"It's nice and light, just a bit of fabric on it, please,

0:30:510:30:53

"and we won't argue about the budget.

0:30:530:30:56

"Everything is good, do me proud, I'll come back for it not tomorrow -

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"I'll give you at least a week or two to do it."

0:31:000:31:03

Rant over.

0:31:030:31:04

Glad you got that off your chest.

0:31:040:31:07

Anthony is working with a budget in the region of £1,000 to turn

0:31:070:31:11

this seat into a stretched-out sofa.

0:31:110:31:14

Will this job test the limits of even his skills?

0:31:140:31:17

Sarah's back in West Sussex to collect Josh and Oli's work.

0:31:340:31:39

I left Josh and Oli with 250 quid and four logs.

0:31:390:31:43

What on earth are they going to have made out of that?

0:31:430:31:46

Well, they're pretty confident in their creations.

0:31:460:31:49

I think she'll really like these. We've got some original designs.

0:31:490:31:52

-Yeah.

-So I think she'll be pleased.

0:31:520:31:55

Sarah left Josh and Oli with a pile of rotten old hawthorn stumps.

0:31:550:32:01

Now they've created a set of beautiful,

0:32:060:32:08

hand-turned vases and ornamental wooden trees.

0:32:080:32:12

They've carefully squeezed every usable inch out of those logs

0:32:130:32:17

and made a virtue of the wood's imperfections.

0:32:170:32:20

The vases are bursting with character, with a delightful finish.

0:32:210:32:25

And those little wooden trees are an exquisite set of curios

0:32:270:32:31

that put the texture of the hawthorn front and centre.

0:32:310:32:35

-Ooh, hello!

-All right?

0:32:370:32:39

-I'm really well, how are you?

-Good, thanks.

-Look at those.

0:32:390:32:44

Let me come and have a look.

0:32:440:32:46

I can't believe it. Aren't they beautiful?

0:32:460:32:49

-Were you pleased?

-Yeah. We're really chuffed.

0:32:490:32:53

They came out really nice, and the wood's amazing.

0:32:530:32:55

-It is unbelievable, it feels like marble.

-Yeah, it's really dense.

0:32:550:32:59

These vases are a triumph.

0:32:590:33:02

They're stylish and beautiful

0:33:020:33:04

and you can tell they're handmade

0:33:040:33:06

and they have this just fantastic feeling.

0:33:060:33:08

How was it to work with? How have you made this out of those logs?

0:33:080:33:11

Yeah, we had to do a lot of chopping and splitting

0:33:110:33:14

cos there was a lot of rotten stuff in there.

0:33:140:33:17

It looks like you've made a virtue out of the faults

0:33:170:33:19

because I can imagine that might have been quite tricky to work with.

0:33:190:33:23

It looks beautiful, doesn't it? They're like...they're beautiful.

0:33:230:33:26

-And...

-And a little forest, as well.

0:33:260:33:28

Now, these look like fun.

0:33:280:33:30

They've got this beautiful mid-century look to them.

0:33:300:33:33

They're just so tactile, aren't they?

0:33:330:33:35

Really lovely. And so surprising, given what you were left with.

0:33:350:33:40

I left you with a slightly flexible budget at about 250 quid.

0:33:410:33:45

-How have we come out?

-I think we're all right. I think that's it.

0:33:450:33:48

We did have another piece we were going to try

0:33:480:33:50

-and do something with, but it was just too rotten.

-OK.

0:33:500:33:53

So, yeah, 250 it is.

0:33:530:33:55

Well, I think you've made something special

0:33:550:33:57

out of something that was really not very special.

0:33:570:34:00

And I reckon we can make money on it as well because they're beautiful.

0:34:000:34:03

-Beautiful pieces. Well done.

-Thank you very much.

-Excellent.

-Thank you.

0:34:030:34:07

-Great job.

-Cheers.

-Let's get them packed up.

-Yeah.

0:34:070:34:10

Well, I don't think there are many people who could have made

0:34:120:34:14

all those beautiful things out of a load of old logs.

0:34:140:34:18

Massive credit to the lads.

0:34:180:34:20

The wood, it had lots of splits in it, a lot of it was all rotten.

0:34:200:34:24

I think we managed to get something pretty good out of it in the end.

0:34:240:34:27

We were really happy with the shapes

0:34:270:34:29

and Sarah seemed to be really chuffed with it, so, yeah.

0:34:290:34:31

At the recycling centre in Altrincham,

0:34:310:34:34

Sarah unearthed Trevor's hunks of hawthorn

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and he was after a full cutlery set from them.

0:34:360:34:39

There's some good wood there,

0:34:390:34:40

I'm sure she'll get more than spoons out of it.

0:34:400:34:42

But it'll take a lot of hard work.

0:34:420:34:43

Josh and Oli did their best to help Sarah prove

0:34:430:34:47

that sometimes money really does grow on trees.

0:34:470:34:50

Sarah advertised Josh and Oli's wooden creations online.

0:34:500:34:54

And, just like real trees, sales began to grow...slowly.

0:34:540:34:59

Sarah has come to just outside Altrincham to visit Trevor

0:34:590:35:03

and to show him what became of his hawthorn stumps.

0:35:030:35:06

-Hi.

-Morning, Trevor.

-Hi, Sarah, nice to meet you.

-And you.

0:35:100:35:12

-How are you doing?

-I'm good, how are you?

-Yeah, very well.

-Good.

0:35:120:35:15

Now, I can see from your immaculate garden why you might have been

0:35:150:35:18

throwing away those hawthorn stumps.

0:35:180:35:21

But had they been lying around for a while?

0:35:210:35:23

No, I actually dug them out just a few weeks before.

0:35:230:35:26

Well, I took them to some lovely guys who are based near Goodwood

0:35:260:35:31

who actually got quite enthusiastic about them.

0:35:310:35:33

But did you wonder what we might do with them when we took them away?

0:35:330:35:36

I thought, if anything, you'd make a lamp out of it of some sort,

0:35:360:35:40

that's all I thought.

0:35:400:35:41

Really? Well, that was actually part of the discussion.

0:35:410:35:44

The guys I took them to are called Josh and Oli

0:35:440:35:46

and they both got quite enthusiastic

0:35:460:35:49

cos hawthorn is a wood, because it's got such a slow growth,

0:35:490:35:52

it's a lovely dense wood with lots of colour in it.

0:35:520:35:55

So I've got some pictures. Do you want to see what we did?

0:35:550:35:57

-Yes, please, yes.

-Here are your tree stumps.

0:35:570:36:01

Wow, that's really good, isn't it?

0:36:010:36:04

What they did is, the big chunks of them here,

0:36:040:36:06

they turned into beautiful vases.

0:36:060:36:08

So they've got all the character of the hawthorn

0:36:080:36:11

and all the lovely colours and shapes that come out of it

0:36:110:36:13

-when you cut through it.

-They look fantastic.

0:36:130:36:15

And also, they've turned nine beautiful little trees out of them.

0:36:150:36:20

-That's fantastic, that's really good.

-Really? You approve?

0:36:200:36:23

Yeah, I approve of that.

0:36:230:36:24

Well, they were really pleased with them

0:36:240:36:26

and they are lovely, decorative things.

0:36:260:36:29

Those little trees sell for about £12 each

0:36:290:36:31

and the vases significantly more than that.

0:36:310:36:34

They have been for sale and I've been selling them really well,

0:36:340:36:37

but I haven't tipped over into the profit point yet.

0:36:370:36:39

Well, I'll buy one if there's any spare.

0:36:390:36:41

-Really?

-Yeah, I'll have one.

0:36:410:36:42

Fantastic. I'll definitely be in touch then.

0:36:420:36:45

Hopefully with a small tree and a bundle of cash.

0:36:450:36:47

-That's very good, that, yeah.

-Lovely, Trevor.

0:36:470:36:49

-Thank you very much.

-Thank you for that.

0:36:490:36:51

-We'll send something your way very soon.

-Thank you very much.

0:36:510:36:54

-Bye-bye.

-Thank you, bye-bye.

0:36:540:36:56

Josh and Oli charged £250 to transform Trevor's hawthorn

0:36:590:37:04

into beautiful wooden vases and ornaments.

0:37:040:37:08

Sarah has so far managed to sell one vase and one tree for £67,

0:37:080:37:13

which means, as things stand,

0:37:130:37:15

there could well be a potential loss of £183.

0:37:150:37:19

It's always great when you make something

0:37:220:37:24

and the original owner wants it back, so Trevor is getting a tree

0:37:240:37:27

and I'm going to be in touch with profit soon.

0:37:270:37:30

It's all me, me, me with Sarah, but for good reason.

0:37:360:37:40

It's now time for Sarah to find an item to work on herself.

0:37:400:37:44

And to do this, she's travelled to the Merchant's Way Recycling Centre

0:37:440:37:48

in Walsall.

0:37:480:37:49

I would say if it's made out of chipboard,

0:37:490:37:51

I can't do much with it.

0:37:510:37:54

And it doesn't take long for Barry to present Sarah

0:37:540:37:57

with a toy from the good old days.

0:37:570:37:59

What's in your bag, then? Throwing anything good out?

0:38:010:38:03

-Well...

-Ooh!

-..an old railway station.

0:38:030:38:07

-That does look cool.

-Very old.

0:38:070:38:09

-Can I have a look at it?

-Yes, you can.

0:38:090:38:11

So, this was yours, was it?

0:38:110:38:12

Well, funny enough, I was working in a toy shop...

0:38:120:38:17

Right.

0:38:170:38:18

-..in the late '50s...

-Right.

0:38:180:38:22

..and all through these years, I've kept them.

0:38:220:38:24

-My children have played with them.

-Yeah.

0:38:240:38:27

The grandchildren have played with them.

0:38:270:38:29

It was a well-loved toy, but for the past few years,

0:38:300:38:34

it's been gathering dust in Barry's attic.

0:38:340:38:37

So, age-wise, it looks kind of Art Deco or...

0:38:370:38:41

It is old.

0:38:410:38:42

So, it's...it's the Trix Manyways station set.

0:38:420:38:46

"Made in England. Number 22."

0:38:460:38:48

Beautiful cast aluminium. It's lovely.

0:38:480:38:51

So, I definitely don't think that this can go into the metal...

0:38:510:38:54

-The metal.

-No. I would really like to do some research on it

0:38:540:38:57

and find out if it's collectable,

0:38:570:38:58

if it's the kind of thing that people are still buying.

0:38:580:39:01

Yeah, it's lovely. Look at that bit.

0:39:010:39:03

That must be the middle of the roof somewhere or something, mustn't it?

0:39:040:39:08

-Yes.

-It's got such lovely styling, somebody will want to buy this.

0:39:080:39:11

Somebody will have all the other bits. I love it.

0:39:110:39:13

For Barry, the idea of Sarah breathing new life

0:39:140:39:18

into a toy so close to his heart

0:39:180:39:20

is one which he's clearly happy about.

0:39:200:39:23

The whole family's played with them.

0:39:240:39:26

They've enjoyed them, we've fixed them up together.

0:39:260:39:30

So nice.

0:39:300:39:31

How cool is this?

0:39:330:39:34

I really don't know what I've found here.

0:39:370:39:39

It looks like the kind of thing that might have been made

0:39:390:39:42

in mass production early in the sort of '30s,

0:39:420:39:44

but I love the styling on it.

0:39:440:39:46

I'm loving the aluminium

0:39:460:39:48

and the fact that it has such great colour on it.

0:39:480:39:51

I'll have to have a really good think about this

0:39:510:39:53

cos this could go in all sorts of different directions.

0:39:530:39:56

Quite cool, though, isn't it?

0:39:560:39:59

Very cool, Sarah.

0:39:590:40:01

In Manchester, Anthony is about to start work

0:40:160:40:19

on the Georgian-style chair,

0:40:190:40:21

and today he is assisted by fellow master upholsterer Dennis.

0:40:210:40:25

Dennis, to cut a long story short,

0:40:260:40:28

has been an upholsterer for many, many, many years.

0:40:280:40:31

Dennis has been in the business an incredible 70 years, to be exact,

0:40:310:40:36

so Anthony is really bringing out the big guns on this project.

0:40:360:40:40

It's going to be a bit of a two-man job.

0:40:400:40:43

-Right, do you want to crack on, then?

-Yes.

0:40:430:40:46

Crikey, Dennis, you're keen.

0:40:460:40:48

The plan - we're going to cut this open and then we should start to see

0:40:490:40:53

the wooden frame, and then we're going to simply take a saw

0:40:530:40:57

and chop half of this off and hopefully glue it,

0:40:570:41:00

screw it, dowel it, drill it into a sofa.

0:41:000:41:05

Let me know if you find any money.

0:41:050:41:07

-We'll share it.

-We'll share it.

0:41:070:41:09

We'll buy some biscuits for teatime.

0:41:090:41:12

Hurray!

0:41:140:41:16

Hurray!

0:41:170:41:19

I declare this chair...

0:41:210:41:23

open!

0:41:230:41:24

How big are we planning to make this, then?

0:41:250:41:28

Well, Sarah is expecting a large five-seater.

0:41:280:41:30

Something similar, like that.

0:41:330:41:35

What I was thinking was more like...

0:41:350:41:38

LAUGHTER

0:41:380:41:40

You're going a bit too far now. It's too long.

0:41:400:41:43

With the size of families nowadays, and the size of TVs,

0:41:430:41:46

you know, you'll probably want a big sofa.

0:41:460:41:48

Anthony has gone a bit off-piste in the past and it looks like he's

0:41:490:41:53

thinking of deviating from the agreed plan with Sarah.

0:41:530:41:56

Not sure how she'll feel about that.

0:41:560:41:59

That's not going to be far off 40 inches at that.

0:41:590:42:02

Oh, and they still need to build the thing.

0:42:020:42:04

We'll have a cup of tea first, yeah?

0:42:040:42:06

Sarah's back home in Sussex.

0:42:200:42:24

-Come on!

-Once Bramble's been for walkies,

0:42:260:42:28

Sarah can get started on her item.

0:42:280:42:31

She picked out the Art Deco-style train station set.

0:42:340:42:38

It's definitely cool.

0:42:390:42:41

That Deco styling is so strong in these pieces.

0:42:410:42:45

All together now, finally. It's got bags of style.

0:42:450:42:49

Sarah had hoped she could sell the well-loved station set

0:42:490:42:53

as is to a collector,

0:42:530:42:55

but it's too scuffed and scratched, so she's had a bright idea.

0:42:550:42:59

Sarah's going to make five desk lights.

0:43:030:43:06

She's already had Perspex -

0:43:060:43:08

which will make up the light housing - made to order

0:43:080:43:11

and she'll combine them with pieces from the train set

0:43:110:43:14

and her LEDs to make lovely little lamps.

0:43:140:43:18

So, these are the bits back from the fabricators

0:43:180:43:21

and these are the windows, the roof and the side sections

0:43:210:43:23

and I'm hoping they all fit together with our train set

0:43:230:43:26

to make a lovely little desk light.

0:43:260:43:28

But it's not looking very impressive at the moment.

0:43:290:43:32

Each Perspex light box is made up of eight separate pieces,

0:43:360:43:40

which Sarah will have the oh, so fiddly job

0:43:400:43:43

of gluing together.

0:43:430:43:45

There's one set's worth there.

0:43:450:43:46

I've got some two-part glue...

0:43:480:43:50

..with quite a long working time,

0:43:520:43:54

so I don't have to hurry too much with it.

0:43:540:43:57

So, you just mix these equal quantities together,

0:43:570:44:01

give it a stir and then it makes this really strong bond

0:44:010:44:05

when it's all mixed up.

0:44:050:44:06

Let's hope the measurements Sarah supplied

0:44:060:44:08

to the Perspex cutter were right.

0:44:080:44:11

If not...disaster.

0:44:110:44:13

That's a great fit.

0:44:160:44:18

I never doubted her for a second.

0:44:190:44:21

That's beginning to look quite cool, isn't it?

0:44:230:44:25

Here comes the hard bit, though.

0:44:250:44:28

Hm, not quite sure how to do this.

0:44:280:44:31

She's now got to glue the roof and side sections together.

0:44:310:44:36

Those fix together, then that goes on there.

0:44:360:44:39

I get the feeling this is all a little bit more complicated

0:44:410:44:45

than Sarah imagined.

0:44:450:44:47

This requires precision, dexterity, patience.

0:44:470:44:51

I don't have any of those. It's a nightmare.

0:44:510:44:54

This is so fiddly.

0:44:560:44:58

Next time I go to make something,

0:45:010:45:02

can you remind me to go the simplest route?

0:45:020:45:05

It doesn't have to be surprising.

0:45:050:45:07

Just make a few pounds, that's all I'm after.

0:45:070:45:10

Come on now, Sarah. Stay positive.

0:45:100:45:13

This is easy. This is a walk in the park.

0:45:130:45:15

-This is a great thing to do.

-That's more like it.

0:45:150:45:18

Uh-oh!

0:45:210:45:22

Sarah has spent £70 on the Perspex and LEDs.

0:45:230:45:27

Let's hope it's money well spent

0:45:270:45:29

and she actually manages to finish all five lights.

0:45:290:45:34

Back in Manchester, there's been a small change of plan

0:45:420:45:45

at Anthony's place.

0:45:450:45:47

So, originally we talked about doing it in an indigo,

0:45:470:45:50

deep blue colour,

0:45:500:45:52

but now we chose this tulipy colour.

0:45:520:45:56

But I'm not sure it's going to be one of Sarah's favourite colours,

0:45:560:45:59

I've been told.

0:45:590:46:00

Brave man, Anthony. Also, that sofa looks a lot smaller

0:46:000:46:04

than the five-seater you promised Sarah.

0:46:040:46:07

How big is it?

0:46:070:46:08

We cut it in half, and we've now rebuilt it all,

0:46:080:46:11

so we've gone for, I think it's just under 54 inches wide in total.

0:46:110:46:17

There was no scientific way of doing this.

0:46:170:46:20

We basically clamped a bit of wood down and stepped back and went...

0:46:200:46:23

And then we had a position, can two people get on there?

0:46:230:46:26

That's it. That's how we did it.

0:46:260:46:28

It's basically a chair but just wider.

0:46:280:46:32

Yeah, but that's very different from a large sofa.

0:46:320:46:37

It's all about the sound,

0:46:380:46:40

and getting the right tension, so we're going to put another

0:46:400:46:43

probably half a dozen this side, another half a dozen that side,

0:46:430:46:46

and then we're going to weave them across.

0:46:460:46:49

I can't stop twanging.

0:46:490:46:50

Weave them across and then opposites, and then individually,

0:46:500:46:54

they're quite weak, but collectively,

0:46:540:46:57

when they're all woven, they become nice and strong.

0:46:570:47:01

Oh.

0:47:010:47:02

The one pressure we are under is just make sure we get it finished

0:47:060:47:09

in time for her ladyship arriving.

0:47:090:47:11

But it's so addictive!

0:47:110:47:15

It's the wrong size, the wrong colour and potentially unfinished,

0:47:150:47:19

but at least you'll be able to play Sarah a tune, Anthony.

0:47:190:47:24

Back in the Sussex countryside,

0:47:320:47:35

Sarah's putting the finishing touches to her desk lamps.

0:47:350:47:38

Well, that's five lights completed.

0:47:420:47:45

They're quite crisp and clean for me.

0:47:450:47:47

This toy train station set provided Sarah with a bright idea...

0:47:480:47:53

..which she has brought stunningly to life.

0:47:560:47:58

The addition of the toy figures, pinched from her daughter's toy box,

0:48:010:48:05

lend the platform scale and perspective and add to the fun.

0:48:050:48:09

The LED lights are battery-powered and remote-controlled,

0:48:130:48:16

so there's no electrical wiring.

0:48:160:48:19

I can see these being snapped up by a train enthusiast

0:48:210:48:25

who is still a kid at heart.

0:48:250:48:27

Well, they're a little bit play-worn and definitely quirky,

0:48:280:48:31

but I think somebody will give these a good home.

0:48:310:48:34

Three generations of Barry's family had played with the toy train set,

0:48:360:48:40

so he was happy Sarah saved it.

0:48:400:48:43

The whole family's played with them. They've enjoyed them.

0:48:430:48:47

We've fixed them up together.

0:48:470:48:49

So nice.

0:48:490:48:50

Then it was Sarah's turn to have a play.

0:48:520:48:54

Makeover complete, all five desk lights were snapped up

0:48:590:49:03

by Mark from Keswick Collectables -

0:49:030:49:05

an antiques shop in the Lake District.

0:49:050:49:08

Oh, wow.

0:49:080:49:09

And now Sarah's on her way to Barry's home

0:49:110:49:14

to show him what became of the toy he was about to sling in the skip.

0:49:140:49:18

-Hi, Barry.

-Hello.

-How you doing?

-Nice to meet you.

0:49:200:49:22

-All right, thank you.

-Very nice to see you.

0:49:220:49:24

Is this the house where the train set was in the attic?

0:49:240:49:26

-Yes.

-Lovely. Well, it was a lovely piece,

0:49:260:49:28

-but it had been played with by quite a few children.

-Yes.

0:49:280:49:31

Was that your children or grandchildren or...?

0:49:310:49:33

Yes, grandchildren. All of them.

0:49:330:49:35

They've all played with it at some time.

0:49:350:49:37

Well, it was my job to take it on and it was a lovely thing

0:49:370:49:40

and I've made it into...

0:49:400:49:42

-Are you ready?

-Yes.

0:49:420:49:44

It has been turned into desk lights.

0:49:440:49:47

-Smashing, yeah.

-I've put it together on a little block

0:49:470:49:50

and turned it into five individual desk lights.

0:49:500:49:54

Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

0:49:540:49:57

-Really?

-Yes.

-Cos it is such a worry.

0:49:570:49:59

You take somebody's stuff and you do something to it and...

0:49:590:50:02

-So, you approve, then?

-Yes.

0:50:020:50:03

Now it's not scrapped or buried, it's of use at last.

0:50:030:50:07

They were lovely to work on and actually somebody has bought them -

0:50:070:50:10

a collectables shop - so I've got a little bit of money

0:50:100:50:13

to give back to you for your old train set.

0:50:130:50:15

So, I've got £50 for you.

0:50:150:50:18

So, what might you do with £50?

0:50:180:50:20

Well, could I please give it to Children In Need?

0:50:200:50:23

-If you'd like to do that..

-Please.

-..that would be lovely.

-Yes.

0:50:240:50:27

Very nice. So, that's a lot of people it's done good.

0:50:270:50:30

Plus, the station itself - the old station - has put to good use.

0:50:300:50:36

-I'm happy.

-Really?

-Yes.

-Well, that's really generous of you.

0:50:360:50:39

There are five little lights that will go off into five new houses.

0:50:390:50:42

-Your station is going on another journey.

-Brilliant.

0:50:420:50:45

It was really good to see you again.

0:50:450:50:47

-Thank you ever so much.

-Thank you. Bye-bye.

-Bye-bye.

0:50:470:50:49

Well, that was really lovely to see Barry's reaction

0:50:550:50:58

to his old train set because he and his family

0:50:580:51:00

had obviously had so much fun using it

0:51:000:51:02

and I really enjoyed making it into something else.

0:51:020:51:04

And I think he was really enthusiastic

0:51:040:51:07

about the fact it's going on another journey.

0:51:070:51:09

Sarah paid £70 for materials.

0:51:120:51:15

They sold for 120, making a profit of £50,

0:51:150:51:19

which is now on its way to charity.

0:51:190:51:21

In Manchester, Anthony has been in a race against time to complete

0:51:280:51:32

the Georgian-style chair he was tasked with converting into a modern

0:51:320:51:36

five-seater sofa.

0:51:360:51:37

So, Sarah is on her way and we're done,

0:51:370:51:41

with moments to spare.

0:51:410:51:43

Obviously, at the start we were talking big ideas and big sofas.

0:51:430:51:48

We still have a big idea and now we've just got a smaller sofa.

0:51:480:51:52

Well, I left Anthony with a lovely sturdy old chair.

0:51:520:51:55

I know he's going to turn it into something big, but to make money

0:51:550:51:57

it's going to have to be beautiful.

0:51:570:51:59

The chair started out as a tired single seat with good bones

0:52:010:52:05

and burst upholstery.

0:52:050:52:07

Anthony has reimagined it as a stunning two-seater

0:52:110:52:14

that could certainly stop traffic.

0:52:140:52:17

The new seat has been built from scratch

0:52:190:52:21

and covered in a tulip pink velvet with hand finishings.

0:52:210:52:25

The couch also boasts a deep button detail across the back.

0:52:250:52:29

It's nice, but Sarah is expecting something quite a bit bigger.

0:52:290:52:35

This could be interesting.

0:52:350:52:36

Oh, my word!

0:52:380:52:40

Is that our chair?

0:52:400:52:42

-Yes.

-I think it's a thing of beauty.

0:52:420:52:44

-Good.

-I think that it's a striking transformation.

0:52:440:52:47

It looks better than that chair that was dropped off, by so much,

0:52:470:52:51

-doesn't it?

-Yes.

0:52:510:52:53

Phew! That went quite well, really.

0:52:530:52:55

Still, there's a bit of explaining to do, Anthony.

0:52:550:52:58

I thought it was going to be like a stretch limousine.

0:53:000:53:03

-I know!

-What happened? It's a bit more compact.

0:53:030:53:05

We had to make it sellable and this is a good sellable size.

0:53:050:53:08

If we got all daft and started making it, you know,

0:53:080:53:11

16-foot long then... it wouldn't fit in my house.

0:53:110:53:13

That's probably a fair comment.

0:53:130:53:15

I don't want to say you're right too much but...

0:53:150:53:17

-Keep going, keep going.

-I think you might have been right on this one.

0:53:170:53:20

Sarah is won over despite its reduced proportions.

0:53:200:53:24

I am slightly worried that I left nearly £1,000 on this.

0:53:240:53:27

Is that what that cost? Is there any leeway on that?

0:53:270:53:30

By the time we bought all the fabric and we paid for all the pizza

0:53:300:53:34

that we had to eat during the making of it...

0:53:340:53:37

Yeah, I mean, it's not cheap, pizza, you know?

0:53:380:53:41

-Or velvet.

-Or the velvet, to be honest.

0:53:430:53:45

So you're telling me that the budget's gone.

0:53:470:53:49

The budget's gone.

0:53:490:53:50

I think you've done well. If you can get it wrapped up for me,

0:53:500:53:53

I'm going to get that taken away, whisked off to some boutique

0:53:530:53:56

somewhere probably near here, and say thank you very much.

0:53:560:54:01

Thank you very much.

0:54:010:54:02

She brought a tatty old chair, we chopped it up, we made into a sofa.

0:54:070:54:11

She can sell it, she can make money and give it back to the peeps.

0:54:110:54:14

It's not quite as big as I expected but I think it is quite beautiful.

0:54:160:54:20

But I'm worried I might have my work cut out

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if I'm going to make a really big profit on it.

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But as a transformation, that's a fantastic piece.

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When Sarah met John at the tip in Witley,

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he was just about to chuck out his chintz.

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We were going to get it refurbished but then we decided just to dump it.

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The chair badly needed an overhaul.

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It is tricky, isn't it?

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-Because it's quite a lot of money to get them reupholstered.

-It is.

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But that suited Sarah down to a tee.

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Are you a golfing man? Is that yours?

0:54:500:54:52

-That's mine.

-After a lot of hard work,

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that humble armchair has become a glamorous hot pink two-seater sofa.

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It didn't take long before this distinctive piece

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was catching the eye of Augustus Brandt Antiques in Petworth,

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who promptly snapped it up.

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Sarah has now returned to Witley to show John what became

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of his old chair, but will there be a profit to hand over too?

0:55:140:55:18

-Hi, there.

-Hello.

0:55:220:55:23

-Nice to see you again.

-Nice to see you again.

0:55:230:55:25

-How are you?

-I'm good, I'm good.

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I took your chair from the tip. Is this where it came from?

0:55:270:55:30

Yeah, it was in the main room.

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We used it quite a lot and then the arms went.

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So there's good news and bad news.

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Because it was so sturdy, it actually got cut in half.

0:55:390:55:42

You cut it in half?

0:55:430:55:45

Do you want to see what we did with it?

0:55:450:55:48

Yeah. Brace. OK.

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Here is your chair in its new incarnation.

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I never imagined for a second that...

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You know, I thought they would recover it and it would look

0:55:590:56:02

something like we had before, but you would never have known

0:56:020:56:05

by looking at that it was the same chair.

0:56:050:56:08

Well, there was a reason why we did that to it,

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because as a chair has a process to recovering it,

0:56:100:56:13

it is an investment to have a piece recovered,

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and what we wanted to do was try and stretch it a bit

0:56:160:56:18

and hopefully get some more money for it, and so we sold it at a profit.

0:56:180:56:22

I have got £215 here...

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..for your old chair.

0:56:260:56:28

-Thanks very much.

-Absolute pleasure.

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I am now not taking things to the dump.

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I'm now thinking, where can I take them to get them fixed?

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So, it's £215.

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What are you going to do with that?

0:56:410:56:43

Well, I'd like to think I'm going to get more golf lessons but my wife

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will probably say she's going to have it for the house.

0:56:460:56:49

Oh, really? Well, something towards a new chair, maybe.

0:56:490:56:52

Something towards a new chair.

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-Thank you ever so much.

-OK.

-Bye-bye.

-Bye-bye.

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The original budget Anthony quoted for the work was in the region of

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£1,000 and he managed to do it for £985.

0:57:050:57:10

The fuchsia pink sofa sold for 1,200, which left Sarah

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with a profit of £215 to return to John.

0:57:140:57:18

Well, I don't think John was expecting that,

0:57:200:57:22

but frankly I don't think any of us were,

0:57:220:57:24

because it was a stretch of the imagination.

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£215 of profit handed over

0:57:260:57:27

and although John might not be getting golf lessons,

0:57:270:57:30

I think he's definitely going to be in his wife's good books.

0:57:300:57:34

Sarah salvaged four unwanted items and made them wanted once more.

0:57:410:57:46

Sam's grandfather's table was restored by Jay,

0:57:460:57:51

Trevor's hawthorn stumps became sideboard essentials,

0:57:510:57:56

Sarah lit up the old train station,

0:57:560:57:59

and the tired Georgian-style chair is now a magenta marvel.

0:57:590:58:04

It takes a lot of talent, plenty of imagination

0:58:040:58:07

and lots of good old-fashioned hard work

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to transform every item that we save,

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but it's definitely worth it, especially when we get to hand over some Money For Nothing.

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Sarah saves a chair, some bits of hawthorn wood, an old art deco style toy and a broken table from the nation's tips. They are all then transformed with the help of three talented artisans into brand new items ready to be put up for sale.


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