Episode 18 Money for Nothing


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Episode 18

Junk makeover show. Upcycling expert Sarah Moore is in Surrey where she finds some tired chairs, a collection of fishing rods and a reproduction designer chair.


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Some people have lovely rubbish, don't they?

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How do you make money for nothing?

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-Are you chucking that, really?

-We are, yeah.

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The answer could be hiding in the 20 million tonnes of

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household waste we throw out every year.

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Presumably it hasn't come straight out of the sitting room.

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That's why entrepreneur, Sarah Moore...

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-My colour?

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

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I'm a passionate buyer, maker and user 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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-What do you think?

-I think it's beautiful.

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-Is that it?

-Yep.

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

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Absolutely amazing!

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..valuable...

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Goodness, I love it.

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..and, let's hope, saleable items.

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Oh, my word!

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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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I didn't dream it would ever come to anything like that!

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Welcome to the Whitley recycling centre in Surrey,

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where the rubbish never stops, and neither does Sarah Moore.

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Not until she gets what she wants.

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It's a bright new day, and I am going to have anything in here that

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I think can turn a profit.

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I'll take your trousers, your toaster or your sofa.

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Trousers? Steady on.

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Sarah has her sight set on three items that she can save from certain doom...

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..and put back in your living room.

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I like the look of your fence.

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Thank you.

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Sarah has special permission to do what she does,

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so don't go taking stuff away from your local recycling centre,

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or you won't be allowed back, all right?

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What would you do with that?

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There's no point in asking me.

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The upcycling ideas are your department, Sarah.

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Perhaps inspiration will strike with the junk in Tony's trunk.

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-Hello there.

-Hello there.

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That is a fishing rod habit.

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What are you doing with that many fishing rods?

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I bought them quite a few years ago, the job lot.

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-Right.

-I did. And I've done nothing with them at all.

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How much did you pay for that lot, then? Do you remember?

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Oh, I can't remember. I bought them from an auction, I did.

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For the lot, I think it was about £45, I think.

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Right. And do you fish a lot?

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No, I don't!

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I just... I just thought it was a bargain.

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-You know?

-I reckon that's a bargain.

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There's something about them. They're really attractive.

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I think it's all the different colours and the fittings.

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Yeah, they're some nice bits on there, you know?

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-They're lovely. Can I have them?

-Yeah, you certainly can.

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I don't know what on earth I could make out of them.

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I'll tell you what someone did tell me they made with these.

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-Yeah?

-A trellis.

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-Nice.

-Together, an arch.

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And for the fisherman's home, that's ideal.

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Look, if it's OK to take them away...

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-Yeah, that's fine.

-Do you reckon I could bundle them up and get them

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-out of here?

-Yeah, yeah, yeah.

-Brilliant.

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A bargain's a bargain, Tony,

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but what do you think Sarah will do with them?

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Sarah will do what Sarah wants to do.

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No doubt she will make something good out of them.

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She will. And please someone.

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Good on you, Tony.

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Well, I have fallen for these hook, line and sinker.

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What a cracking collection of fishing rods.

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They've got beautiful detailing on them,

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they've got fantastic fittings and there are hundreds of them.

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So the moneymaking potential here is massive.

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And Sarah's got some makers in mind who will be up for the challenge.

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Meet Josh and his best pal, Ollie.

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These dedicated designers have a passion for turning unwanted waste

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into must have items.

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I think getting the salvage materials from Sarah, it's like,

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it gives us a really good opportunity to do something

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completely different.

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So it's actually a really good design process

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and it gets us thinking.

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Yeah, something that we would never do normally.

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I think it's great to have that vision of how something can be

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transformed and then actually be involved in making it happen.

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Let's hope the boys are as excited as Sarah by the fishing rods' potential.

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With one item safely put aside,

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Sarah is back on the hunt for another two.

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And... What is she doing?

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I'm going to release a tip ten single.

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Ah, yes. And there's your biggest fan.

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But before you hit the big time,

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perhaps you'll settle for a game of musical chairs with Paul.

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-Hello there.

-Hi there.

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-Hi. Sorry, Sarah.

-Hi, Sarah. It's Paul.

-Paul. Hello.

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-Nice chairs.

-They're lovely chairs.

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-Can I have a look at one?

-Yeah, take a look.

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-Where are they from?

-They are actually from a neighbour.

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She's in the process of moving and she would like to keep them,

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but it's just, you know, not practical.

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-Is she downsizing?

-Yeah, she's downsizing, it's not practical,

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so she said, unfortunately, they've got to go.

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So do you think...? Are they garden chairs?

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Where were they in her house, do you know?

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Well, they were just in stowage in the shed.

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I think they were stored in the shed.

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And, you know, she hadn't used them for a while.

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What do you reckon? A pair here, barley twist things on them.

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Maybe they're sort of 1920s, 1930s, that kind of thing.

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Yeah. She wasn't sure herself.

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1920s might be right.

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Lovely.

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Barley twists are the corkscrew-like details which had a revival in

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furniture during Queen Victoria's reign in the 19th century.

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-So would it be OK if I took them away?

-Yes, yes, please do, yeah.

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I'll be more than happy. It would be wonderful to see somebody do

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something with them, to bring them...

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You know, that can be used again.

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Well, I'm going to take this one away and I'll be back for the other.

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-OK, lovely.

-Thanks so much.

-Thank you very much.

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A pair of chairs with a bit of barley twist.

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Great find.

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But what does Paul think is in store for them.

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They'll be fantastic garden chairs, maybe conservatory, who knows?

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But whatever it is, I know they'll be good.

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Well, what do you reckon? What a lovely pair of chairs.

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They've got barley twists on the front,

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they've got brown seats and cream arms, but that can go,

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and what you get left with is a pair of super saleable chairs.

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And I know just where to take them.

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Norman Wilkinson, AKA the titan of timber.

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He uses his years of experience to create handmade,

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one-of-a-kind furniture that will last a lifetime.

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Oh, the reclaim is great because,

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you know, if you're making a table top out of reclaimed timbers,

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no two tops will be the same.

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So it's tactile, it's always got its own mind, it's beautiful.

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I hope that people will see when they buy it that we've put our

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heart and soul into it and we have put as much love

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as we can, so hopefully that comes out into it.

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That's good to know, Norman,

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because you're going to have to dig deep for this project.

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That's two items set aside, but the day's not done yet.

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Sarah still has to find something she can work on herself.

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I don't care about the colour.

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As far as I'm concerned, it's waste not, want not.

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Well, in that case, Steve's got some brown and black things.

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But to you, they could be the colour of money.

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Hiya. What are you throwing away, then?

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Hiya. Well, just clearing my shed out.

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Oh, yeah, what's in your shed, then?

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-Have you got a good shed full?

-Well, my shed's empty now, I hope.

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Ooh! You've got classy stuff.

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Is that all going in?

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Yeah, that's all going in the skip.

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-They're not real ones, are they?

-They are not real ones, no.

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Classic Barcelona design, isn't it?

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Yes, it is, yeah.

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Classy indeed.

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The Barcelona chair, with its distinctive curved metal frame,

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was first made in 1929, born from the German Bauhaus movement.

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They are such a stylish thing, aren't they?

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Oh, they're an iconic piece of furniture.

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Originally commissioned for Spanish royalty,

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their popularity exploded in the 1950s and '60s,

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leading to less expensive reproductions being made, like these.

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So, what have you got? You've got... Are they...?

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I've got two Barcelona chairs and a Barcelona stool.

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They look like they might have been...

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They've seen better days, yeah.

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This one has been scratched a bit by the cat.

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-Right.

-So that one is defunct.

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And this one is just getting too tatty now.

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I really like these.

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-OK.

-So would it be OK if I took them away?

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-Absolutely, of course, yeah.

-Fantastic. Thank you.

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-Shall we get them out?

-Yeah, let's do that.

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Reproduction or not, these are some seriously stylish seats.

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Wow, thank you so much for all of that lot.

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-I'll be in touch.

-No problem. Pleasure.

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-Thanks. Bye-bye.

-Take care.

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Sarah has struck gold, but what does Steve think she will do with them?

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Not a clue what she might do with them, but very surprised that they

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can be reused in another purpose and look forward to hearing what she's

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going to be doing with them.

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These are good solid stylish things.

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Loving all the chrome.

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Plenty of leather here, so loads of potential.

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Well, maybe to make them into something...

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Who knows what, really?

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And with that, Sarah has her items.

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Josh and Ollie will find a new function for the fishing rods.

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Norman will give a whole new look to the garden loungers.

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And Sarah will create something fantastico with the Barcelona chairs.

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Well, the rubbish is in the bag and we've had a great day.

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But now the hard work really does begin.

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Deep in the heart of the beautiful Sussex countryside...

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..Sarah's trundling along with a bundle of fibreglass fishing rods.

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Woodworkers Josh and Ollie are always up for a challenge,

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but Sarah might have gone too far this time.

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We're looking forward to getting started with another project

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and seeing what weird things she's got for us.

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Oh, Ollie, just you wait.

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I was so excited when I found all of these fishing rods in one place

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at the recycling centre. They're beautiful, they're colourful,

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but I think they might be a little bit tricky to upcycle.

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But I've got two great friends in mind.

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Josh and Ollie, if they can't do it, nobody can.

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Or they could just tell you to sling your hook!

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So, first impressions, what do you think?

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-Take them away!

-They're not that bad and there's loads of them.

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They have to be usable because there are so many.

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It's just going to be quite a difficult project

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-to "tackle", isn't it?

-Oh.

-Oh.

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Sorry, Josh, but I'll make the fishing jokes around here!

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I don't mean to be "shellfish"!

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They have got some strength in the handles that could mean

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they could be used for furniture

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and they have got great flexibility in the ends.

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-It would be really cool to use the flex in some way.

-Yeah.

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That's like an intrinsic part of a fishing rod.

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I reckon they would lend themselves quite nicely to seating

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because of the flex.

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You can kind of form a nice shape with them.

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That sounds great because I think they will make a really good

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organic shape, so it's just

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what kind of seat do you want to pitch at?

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Anything with, like, a nice flow to it.

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-Like a kind of lounger, something like that.

-Yeah, I'm loving that.

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They've decided on a fishing rod lounger chair.

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It doesn't sound too comfy but if anyone can do it, it's these boys.

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Now, down to business.

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Lounge seat price.

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What if we were to say 450, 400 maybe?

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I think that's fine for a big designer chair out of this lot.

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400. If it comes in at 450 I think that will be all right.

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-OK, cool.

-I want to make a fishing joke, but I'm just going to say

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-good luck!

-Thank you very much.

-Thank you.

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See? Sarah knows better than to steal my jokes.

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When I said I liked a challenge, this is a little bit crazy.

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-It's probably the weirdest one we've had yet.

-Yeah, but...

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Yeah, I'm sure we'll come up with something.

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That is one project that is certainly going to keep

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those boys busy.

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But the world's first fishing rod chair,

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that is something I cannot wait to see.

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Sarah and the chaps agreed a budget of between £400 and £450.

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Was a lounger the best choice for this project or have the boys

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made a rod for their own backs?

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From West Sussex to he East Sussex village of Hellingly

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where the locals enjoy a gentler pace of life.

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HORN TOOTS

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Whoa, slow down there, fella!

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Now, back to business.

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Sarah's brought along the pair of dated garden chairs

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to the man who lives, breathes and eats wood, Norman.

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Well, he probably doesn't eat wood.

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But what will he make of Sarah's latest find?

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What she brings will be fantastic or I'll scratch my head

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and wish she'd turned round and go the other way. So, yeah.

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Norman, this is definitely a head-scratcher.

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Well, look at them, you probably couldn't get less desirable

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and more dated than these chairs.

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They've got barley twists, they're beige,

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but it's all right because I've brought them to Norman.

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He is going to absolutely love them. In my dreams!

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Ooh, that's heavy. Ooh, missus!

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I don't think you're taking my chairs seriously.

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-What is the plan then, boss?

-I thought, reposition these

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as steamer chairs so they look like they should be

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on the deck of a luxury yacht.

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You've obviously been on lots of luxury yachts, have you?

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-Only in my dreams.

-Excellent.

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So, this is adjustable. It looks pretty uncomfortable like that

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but I think better when it's at max tilt like that.

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-Now it's comfortable.

-How about having that piece at the back

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mirrored with a piece at the bottom

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so that they then become loungers for laying out on?

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-Loungers!

-Loungers.

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Is that how you lounge?

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Now, come on, you two, try and take this seriously!

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OK, so, if we strip it all apart,

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take them to the sand blasters and hope they can get all the paint off.

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Take this lot out and then somehow

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we're going to make this leggy thing work.

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So you'd have a loose cushion on it, wouldn't you,

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-so you could bring the cushions in.

-We can have little ties on it.

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Yeah, lovely. Your feminine side coming out.

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My feminine side again, yeah.

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Oh, they're as bad as each other!

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Could you fold it away so they could be used as a normal chair as well?

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So, the plan is to create two steamer-style luxury loungers

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by adding new footrests.

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Now, enough of the high jinks, it's time for the serious stuff, money.

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So the cushions are slightly tricky to price up at the moment

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but can you give me a price for refinishing

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and creating this lovely luxury steamer effect?

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Um, 175 quid each.

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I think that's fine.

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We're creating something that is a vintage, luxury-looking item.

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-There you go.

-Thank you so much.

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-Keep in touch, right?

-We will.

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There you have it, Norman.

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How are you feeling about that?

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I feel as though I've been spoiled, so, I can't wait.

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Do I detect some sarcasm?

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Well, I don't think Norman immediately embraced

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the luxury-liner look but I think, once he gets his head round it,

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he's going to be cruising.

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With a budget of £350 for the two chairs plus extra for the cushions,

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Norman will really have to push the boat out

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if he hopes to pull in the pounds.

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With her crafty creatives up and running...

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..Sarah is back home in Sussex

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and is raring to get going with her own set of chairs.

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Well, a classic pair of 1929 Barcelona chairs these are not.

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These are reproduction and they are ripe for ripping apart

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and transforming into something else.

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Thank goodness for that!

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To begin, Sarah removes the cushions

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as she's more interested in what's underneath.

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I'm just stripping off the cushions so I can see what kind of shapes

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I'm going to have left to work with.

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There's something quite decorative about these bits I'm sure.

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The Barcelona chair frame was originally designed

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to be bolted together.

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It was redesigned in 1950 using stainless steel

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which allowed the frame to be formed by a seamless piece of metal

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giving it a smoother appearance.

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So now I really know what my plan is.

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These sofa frames are going to become the legs of

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a beautiful dining table. They're sleek, they're chrome

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with a good finish on them

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and they've also got a load of strapping that needs to come off.

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So, that's the plan.

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A dining table! This just got interesting.

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But first, Sarah has to remove the metres of strapping

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which have been riveted to the frame.

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This is going to take hours. There are hundreds of these things.

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The reproduction furniture market is all above board and very lucrative.

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Designs which are out of copyright are fair game to reproduce.

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Nearly done.

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But recent changes to the law mean that the copyright protection

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on a number of classics, including the Barcelona chair,

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have been extended,

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meaning it is no longer legal to produce new replicas

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of chairs like these in the UK.

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Well, that's definitely the way to put those legs.

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I just need to get the table top sorted now.

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So, I've had a piece of birch ply cut.

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It's inch thick, over six-foot long

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and a great generous size for a table for six or eight.

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But I've got to find a way of attaching it to the legs.

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They were chairs, now they've got to be legs,

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a bit of figuring out to do.

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No-one wants a wonky, wobbly table

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so the chairs that are now legs have to be positioned exactly right.

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Oh, this is a complicated one.

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So, it turns out these chair frames are not exactly a pair.

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Nearly, about that much out,

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so I've got to measure where I would like them

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and then try and adjust the height of them when it's the other way up.

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Are you following that? Good, because I've not got a clue!

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Surely it would have been easier to keep them as loungers?

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But Sarah's never been one for the easy option.

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These are way out and it's going to be really difficult

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to make them level. But it won't work as a table unless it is.

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So I'd better find a solution.

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I could bend them.

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Well, if in doubt, bash it about.

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This isn't going to be easy to get it right.

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But get it right she must.

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Sarah's already spent £40 on materials to create the table

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but, if she doesn't get it level, this could be a bad investment.

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In their West Sussex workshop,

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Josh and Ollie are facing up to their most difficult challenge yet,

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turning these fishing rods into a chair.

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But surely they'll meet it head-on with their usual upbeat, positive,

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can-do attitude.

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It seems ambitious, doesn't it? The more, the more we look at it,

0:20:130:20:17

the more... It's just...

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Yeah, not the greatest material to make chairs out of.

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Hm, the upbeat positivity is a little lacking.

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We've been looking at them for a while now and still

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don't really know how we're going to turn them into a chair.

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But I'm sure we can do something with them.

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It's just figuring out the best way of doing it.

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These bearded boy wonders of woodworkery

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appear to have lost their mojo.

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In order to get their creative juices flowing,

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the lads are stripping back the fishing rods to simple poles.

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We're hoping that by just, kind of, starting to work with them,

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we might come up with a few more ideas

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because we haven't really come up with much yet, so...

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I think the more I think about it, and the more I look at them,

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just the trickier this project seems.

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Poor lads. They look so disheartened.

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Don't you just want to pinch their little cheeks to gee them up?

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Modern fishing rods are typically made of fibreglass or carbon fibre.

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Sawing through them releases tiny particles of glass dust

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into the air so it's important to wear the correct safety equipment.

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Has stripping back the rods sparked Josh and Ollie's imaginations?

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It looks a little more like a raw material now

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rather than a fishing rod.

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It feels like it's got a bit more potential, so, erm, yeah,

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let's just do some sketches and see where we go.

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They're not quite firing on all cylinders yet,

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but they're getting their groove back just a smidgen.

0:21:510:21:55

The boys are sketching out ideas for their chair design.

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So, if we were to have some kind of frame either side,

0:22:010:22:07

and then we can use that to support the fishing rods,

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we're hoping that we can bend them down to make it a nice curve.

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It's a real challenge.

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If it's not really going to work

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then we may as well scrap the whole chair idea.

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To test out the strength and flexibility of the poles,

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the lads are knocking together a tester seat frame.

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In the past, the boys have transformed twigs into chandeliers,

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floorboards into skateboards, copper pipes into candelabras,

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but these fishing rods could be an upcycle too far.

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Finished chair. We should call Sarah now!

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-Yeah, come and get it.

-Yeah.

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-This is our sitting test.

-Yeah, it's the moment of truth, isn't it?

0:22:510:22:55

-After you, sir.

-Please.

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The pleasure's all yours.

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The success or failure of this project

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all rests on Ollie's derriere.

0:23:040:23:06

Oh, it's comfy!

0:23:060:23:08

Oh, it's so nice to see them happy again.

0:23:080:23:12

Yeah. It's all right.

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We're both really happy with how this has turned out,

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-and it gives us a bit of hope for the next...

-Yeah.

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-..for the actual chair.

-There's still a lot of work to do.

0:23:210:23:24

Yeah, yeah, yeah. But we can see where we're going with it now.

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At last, the bearded boy wonders and their positive attitude are back.

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In his East Sussex workshop,

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Norman is getting to grips with his latest piece of trash treasure

0:23:390:23:42

from Sarah.

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She wants him to turn two simple seats into luxury

0:23:440:23:47

steamer-style chairs which, translated into normal speak,

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is a fancy sun lounger.

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We've got to make them look beautiful

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and ready for someone to slouch on it.

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Classy people don't slouch, they recline.

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So the plan is, we're going to...

0:24:040:24:06

We've got to take the seat out and take all the gubbins out.

0:24:060:24:09

That's a technical term for "bits and bobs".

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Because we need to put in the footrest.

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So, somehow, it's got to come down and flop

0:24:160:24:19

so your feet can, sort of, like, laze like, something like that.

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Such a graceful man!

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To create the footrest, Norman has to remove the seat.

0:24:260:24:29

Oh, I've just found a £50 note.

0:24:310:24:33

In my dreams!

0:24:330:24:35

I hate upholstery.

0:24:360:24:38

It seems to take hours just to get to where you need, doesn't it?

0:24:380:24:41

All the little tacks and the pins.

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Steamer chairs get their name from steam-powered ocean liners.

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In 2015, one that was recovered from the Titanic

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sold for over £100,000 at auction.

0:24:530:24:56

No pressure, Norman!

0:24:560:24:59

That's a bit of horse hair, there,

0:24:590:25:01

so I could make myself a little wig, couldn't I?

0:25:010:25:03

You know, I'm a bit thin on top these days.

0:25:030:25:04

I think I've got less hair now since I met Sarah,

0:25:040:25:07

all the stress she's caused.

0:25:070:25:09

Oh, Norman, don't you worry, you've got a lovely-shaped cranium.

0:25:090:25:12

Ha.

0:25:120:25:14

This chair didn't have this to begin with.

0:25:140:25:16

Hm, what have we here?

0:25:160:25:18

Look. You see here? Look.

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It's had... This has been added later on.

0:25:220:25:25

They've added the upholstery and the springs and everything,

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and you can actually still see one of the slats, you know,

0:25:270:25:30

where they've only slashed some of it off.

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So, it started off life in a completely different way.

0:25:330:25:36

It's had a Money For Nothing transformation a few years ago,

0:25:360:25:39

I expect, so, you know, it's round two on it.

0:25:390:25:43

Perhaps it used to be a steamer chair!

0:25:430:25:45

Just not one from the Titanic.

0:25:450:25:48

Oh, it stinks.

0:25:480:25:50

Removing this upholstery is taking almost as long as that movie.

0:25:500:25:55

If I had a penny for every one of these tacks, I'd be worth a fortune.

0:25:550:25:58

On average, a chair like this would contain 1,024 tacks,

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earning Norman £10.24!

0:26:040:26:09

All right, I've just made that up, I'm being sarcastic,

0:26:090:26:11

it's not big or clever. I'll stop.

0:26:110:26:14

I expect the upholsterer's got one of these things that they

0:26:140:26:17

just tack them out with. Not like me, doing it the stupid way.

0:26:170:26:20

They do, Norman. It's called a tack remover!

0:26:200:26:23

Sorry, I did try.

0:26:230:26:25

But the good news is this is Norman's last tack...

0:26:250:26:29

-Happy days.

-..for this chair.

0:26:290:26:31

He's still got the other one to do.

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Norman will need to get up a head of steam

0:26:330:26:35

to get those steamer chairs finished.

0:26:350:26:38

While the crafty types continue with their transformations,

0:26:420:26:45

Sarah is shining up the old chair legs, ready to reveal her table.

0:26:450:26:51

Well, it really doesn't look like chairs any more.

0:26:510:26:53

I just don't know if this one's going to sell. I hope it will.

0:26:530:26:57

Sarah seems a bit nervous about this one.

0:26:570:27:00

Here's hoping she's succeeded in creating

0:27:000:27:02

a sleek and stylish dining table.

0:27:020:27:05

There was no need to worry.

0:27:080:27:10

This is incredible.

0:27:100:27:13

Sarah has combined the retro chrome legs with a birch plywood table top

0:27:140:27:20

on to which she has added a Jackson Pollock-styled

0:27:200:27:23

splatter paint design.

0:27:230:27:25

It's got a sort of starburst, '60s, Space Odyssey type of vibe.

0:27:270:27:31

The silver edging ties in with the chrome legs

0:27:330:27:36

and adds to the space-age feel. This is out of this world.

0:27:360:27:41

What do you think? Massive atomic splash across the top.

0:27:440:27:48

Silver highlights to the edges and, to make it a cohesive piece,

0:27:480:27:51

I think it's working. It's big, it's useful, it's practical.

0:27:510:27:55

Somebody might like this as a quirky individual piece

0:27:550:27:58

to have in their house because, one thing's for sure,

0:27:580:28:00

you're not going to find another one of these.

0:28:000:28:03

Sarah knew she had found some trash treasure

0:28:040:28:07

the moment she spotted it in Steve's van.

0:28:070:28:10

-Ooh, you've got classy stuff!

-A few bits and pieces.

0:28:100:28:12

-Is that all going in?

-Yeah, it's all going in the skip.

0:28:120:28:16

Ah, Steve, of course it's not!

0:28:160:28:18

Sarah grabbed them to work her makeover magic.

0:28:180:28:21

I'm very surprised that they can be reused for another purpose

0:28:210:28:24

and I look forward to hearing what she's going to be doing with them.

0:28:240:28:27

Steve, I think you're going to be impressed.

0:28:290:28:31

Sarah jumps straight online to drum up some interest

0:28:370:28:40

and, in no time at all, it was sold.

0:28:400:28:44

Now Sarah's in Elstead in Surrey to show Steve

0:28:470:28:50

what happened to his chairs and to hand over some profit.

0:28:500:28:55

-Hello, there.

-Hello.

-Nice to see you again, Steve.

-Good to see you.

0:28:570:29:00

-How are you doing?

-Very well, thank you, yeah.

0:29:000:29:02

I said I'd come to your doorstep if there was something

0:29:020:29:04

to be done with your old chairs.

0:29:040:29:05

Have you been wondering since I last saw you what might have happened

0:29:050:29:08

-to your old chairs?

-Yeah, I've had a few thoughts.

0:29:080:29:10

But what are you going to do with them? They're chairs.

0:29:100:29:13

-So I'd be very interested to see.

-Well, actually,

0:29:130:29:15

it was something that I worked on.

0:29:150:29:17

They were in our building at home, and I saw them

0:29:170:29:20

and I just saw something in them, and I thought, I know.

0:29:200:29:22

No more chairs. I'm going to make a table out of them.

0:29:220:29:25

So your chairs now look like that.

0:29:250:29:27

What I've done is I've taken all the chrome bits off,

0:29:270:29:29

-stripped all the fabric off them.

-That is really groovy.

0:29:290:29:32

-It's got a splatter top and a silver edge.

-Yeah, that is cracking.

0:29:320:29:35

Really, that is just... You should be so pleased with yourself.

0:29:350:29:37

-That's a cracking job.

-Oh, that's really sweet of you to say.

0:29:370:29:40

Now, would you recognise that as something that

0:29:400:29:42

-once was a pair of chairs?

-No, definitely not. No, that is amazing.

0:29:420:29:45

-That is so good. Well done.

-Oh, thank you.

-That's brilliant.

0:29:450:29:48

It has actually gone off to a wedding venue

0:29:480:29:49

and they are using it to put people's wedding cakes on.

0:29:490:29:52

-Fantastic.

-So, a new lease of life and some profit.

0:29:520:29:55

-I've got £134 here for your old chairs.

-That is really good.

0:29:550:29:59

Thank you so much. Who would have thought?

0:29:590:30:01

-Have you any thoughts about what you might do with it?

-I haven't really.

0:30:010:30:04

I'm pretty intent to give some of it to charity,

0:30:040:30:06

but we're looking to get some new furniture ourselves.

0:30:060:30:09

It might be nice to spend some of it on a chair or

0:30:090:30:11

-something for ourselves so we can just remember that.

-Lovely.

0:30:110:30:14

Well, thank you so much. I really enjoyed doing that.

0:30:140:30:16

-It was great to catch up.

-Good to see you, Sarah. Well done.

0:30:160:30:19

-Thank you. Bye-bye.

-Cheers. Bye-bye.

0:30:190:30:21

Sarah spent £61 creating the table.

0:30:240:30:27

She sold it for an impressive £195

0:30:270:30:31

leaving Steve with £134 to split between the charity

0:30:310:30:36

and some new chairs for himself.

0:30:360:30:39

Sarah's in Chichester to see if Ollie and Josh have succeeded

0:30:450:30:49

in transforming the fishing rods into a seat.

0:30:490:30:53

It was a bit of a slog. There was a lot...

0:30:530:30:55

Yeah, just trying to work out what we were actually doing with it

0:30:550:30:58

was pretty difficult.

0:30:580:30:59

Probably won't be looking to work with fishing rods

0:30:590:31:02

in the near future, I don't think. They're really difficult.

0:31:020:31:05

Sarah gave the boys a big bundle of fishing rods

0:31:050:31:08

and they said, we'll make you a chair.

0:31:080:31:11

Sounds easy when you say it like that.

0:31:110:31:14

And it looks fantastic when you see it like this.

0:31:160:31:19

Josh and Ollie have crafted a sleek and stylish frame

0:31:200:31:24

made from English oak,

0:31:240:31:25

using the fishing rods as the seat and back support.

0:31:250:31:29

The oak has been finished with hard wax oil to bring out the grain.

0:31:300:31:35

The modern, minimalist design of the woodwork

0:31:350:31:38

allows the bright colours of the fishing rods to shine

0:31:380:31:41

making them the focal point.

0:31:410:31:44

The boys' design ingenuity was tested on this makeover

0:31:440:31:48

more than any other, but they've come up trumps once again.

0:31:480:31:53

Oh, guys!

0:31:570:31:59

You've done it. That's amazing.

0:31:590:32:01

-Thank you very much.

-I imagined it might be some sort of

0:32:010:32:04

-old-fashioned cane furniture.

-Yeah, yeah.

0:32:040:32:07

Was it a total nightmare?

0:32:070:32:10

Erm, yeah, to be honest.

0:32:100:32:12

Why did I imagine it was going to be a total nightmare?

0:32:120:32:15

Yeah, they're just...

0:32:150:32:17

It was really horrible to work with those fishing rods.

0:32:170:32:19

And actually, like, thinking of an idea that would work was...

0:32:190:32:24

It just took us forever.

0:32:240:32:26

So it's been a really tricky one.

0:32:260:32:28

But, yeah, we're pleased with the outcome.

0:32:280:32:30

Well, you've certainly created something sleek and designer.

0:32:300:32:33

-It's got all the right profiles, hasn't it?

-Mm, yeah.

0:32:330:32:35

So what did you do? It's a nice... It's an oak frame, is it?

0:32:350:32:39

Yeah, yeah, oak frame. Well, I think this is nice

0:32:390:32:42

because it kind of frames the fishing rods

0:32:420:32:44

and we do like how they're all kind of different colours.

0:32:440:32:47

So, yeah, it kind of shows them off how they are, really.

0:32:470:32:50

You have to look twice to tell they're fishing rods

0:32:500:32:52

but you can definitely see that they were something different, can't you?

0:32:520:32:56

-Mm.

-Yeah.

-Are you pleased with t?

0:32:560:32:58

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

0:32:580:32:59

So, was it a fortune, then? Budget-wise, are we...?

0:32:590:33:03

I think we will be slightly above what we kind of agreed on

0:33:030:33:07

just because it took us just forever to,

0:33:070:33:10

to actually get round to making a decision on it

0:33:100:33:13

and kind of just faffing about with it.

0:33:130:33:15

OK. So what does that mean the final budget is?

0:33:150:33:18

-So, if we say 500.

-OK.

-I think we'd be happy with that.

0:33:180:33:21

I think if it was just a well-made chair, that would be a problem,

0:33:210:33:25

but people love fishing, and there's all sorts of places

0:33:250:33:29

who I think will latch onto this, so I think that's...

0:33:290:33:33

500 quid is a big price for a chair but not for a unique one, so,

0:33:330:33:38

-yeah, on that basis...

-Cool.

0:33:380:33:41

Well done.

0:33:410:33:43

As a reward for their hard work, I'm going to allow Josh and Ollie a pun.

0:33:430:33:48

So, Sarah took the bait on this one, didn't she?

0:33:480:33:50

-Yeah.

-She landed herself a nice chair, there.

0:33:500:33:52

Oh, that was a good one! Have another.

0:33:520:33:56

We did make a bit of a rod for our own backs with this one.

0:33:560:33:58

-We did, yeah.

-Yeah.

-Oh, go on, have a third.

0:33:580:34:01

I think we're going to be reeling from it for weeks.

0:34:010:34:04

Yeah.

0:34:040:34:06

So that's how you make a chair out of fishing rods.

0:34:060:34:09

-Those boys went for it hook, line and...

-Er, no, Sarah,

0:34:090:34:11

you're not allowed. I'm just going to talk over you, all right?

0:34:110:34:15

Tony was about to chuck his fishing rods in the skip

0:34:160:34:20

when Sarah stepped in to save them.

0:34:200:34:22

-They're lovely. Can I have them?

-Yeah. You certainly can.

0:34:220:34:25

While Tony had an idea or two what to do with them,

0:34:250:34:29

he knew who the boss was.

0:34:290:34:31

Sarah will do what Sarah wants to do! Ha!

0:34:310:34:34

No doubt she'll make something good out of it.

0:34:340:34:37

And with more than a little help from her friends, she did.

0:34:370:34:42

The Arundell Arms Hotel in Devon snapped up the chair,

0:34:460:34:51

and general manager Matt was chuffed to bits with it.

0:34:510:34:55

The chair is absolutely amazing.

0:34:550:34:57

It fits so well in here with the hotel and what we do.

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The guests here are just going to love the chair so much.

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Now Sarah's in Godalming in Surrey

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to show Tony his new-look fishing rods

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and hand over the profit.

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-Hello there.

-Hello there.

-Oh, hello.

-This is Max.

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Hello. How are you? Aren't you sweet? Such a nice boy.

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Now, I have been looking forward to catching up with you because

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I think you might be a man after my own heart.

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-Yeah, I probably am.

-What were you doing with 40 fishing rods?

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I bought them because they were a bargain at the time.

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Well, I was really pleased to see them turn up

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because anything that appears in that quantity must be worth saving.

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So, did you have any idea about what we might do with them?

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Well, the only thing I thought you might have done with them,

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someone said you might make a trellis.

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Oh, yeah. They went down to Halnaker near Goodwood.

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I've got a picture here to show you how it turned out.

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-Are you ready?

-Yeah, fine.

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The fishing rods now look like that.

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Right, but the chair...

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All of the tips of the fishing rods that are just the right size

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have been repurposed into caning to go on there.

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Oh, right. And they're strong enough to take the weight?

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I'll tell you what, I've sat in it and they bore my weight.

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They are actually very strong. What do you think?

0:36:040:36:07

Well, I'd never have dreamed they were going to be made into a chair.

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It has been sold. So I've got profit here for you.

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-Oh, right!

-I've got £95 here.

-Have you really?

-Here, that's for you.

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Oh! Amazing.

0:36:190:36:21

That's lovely. Thank you very much indeed.

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Have you got any thoughts about what you might spend it on?

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We've both just retired from work

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so it'll come in very handy, it will.

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I'm so pleased that's going into the family kitty.

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-Yeah.

-Thank you so much for your fishing rods.

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I'm really pleased with that. Thank you very much indeed.

0:36:340:36:37

Absolute pleasure. Nice to catch up.

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-Thank you so much. Bye-bye.

-Thank you very much. Bye-bye.

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Josh and Ollie's final costs came to £500.

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Sarah sold the chair for an incredible £595

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leaving Tony with a profit of £95.

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Sarah's back in East Sussex

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for Norman's grand unveiling of the steamer chairs.

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I hope she likes them. We had a bit of a struggle with some of it,

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getting what she wanted working but, yeah, I think we've achieved it.

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Sarah challenged Norman to create two elegant steamer chairs

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upon which to recline, repose and rest in luxury.

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Well, Norman's proved again he's no slouch at woodwork.

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Stripped back to reveal the luscious wood,

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Norman has created two elegant recliners full of old-world charm,

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recalling the golden age of the ocean liners.

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With a little ingenious engineering from our master craftsman,

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Norman has added a foot rest which tucks away inside the seat.

0:37:490:37:53

He is a clever one, isn't he?

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This was a challenging transformation for Norman

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but will Sarah find the result to be shipshape and Bristol fashion?

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-Norm, hiya.

-Hello, you.

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-Wow, haven't they come out well?

-They have, haven't they?

0:38:090:38:11

-That stripping's really worked.

-Yeah.

0:38:110:38:13

-It's worked really well.

-Show me how they work, then.

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-Is that the mechanism?

-I mean, it was a bit of a...

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It was a bit of a job getting them to work

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but we worked it out in the end.

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So we pull it out and then it all flops down,

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and then to stop it from falling down on itself

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we've had to come up with the, with the arms.

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-So, they lock in.

-Fantastic.

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And then, Bob's your uncle. There you go.

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Uncle Robert would be well impressed with this.

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But while it may look the part, does it feel the part?

0:38:410:38:45

-Gosh, they're really comfortable, aren't they?

-Yeah, I know.

0:38:460:38:49

I think you've done really well to make them this luxurious,

0:38:490:38:52

and it's very clever having that bit.

0:38:520:38:54

Well, it did test us a little bit, getting them the right way.

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But they actually sit really nicely, don't they?

0:38:570:38:59

They are really comfortable. It looks lovely

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and I think that must've been an absolute nightmare

0:39:010:39:03

-trying to work out how to do that.

-Yes, we did...

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Yes, I could have had a meltdown but I didn't, so...

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Ha! So now might be a good time to ask about the price, then.

0:39:080:39:12

The budget, yeah. We had a budget of 175 each.

0:39:120:39:15

-Yeah.

-But with the upholstery,

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I was going to have to charge another 25 quid.

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So they come in at £200 each

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but I think they're a cool-looking chair for that.

0:39:220:39:24

Yeah, I think you've done a good job.

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They really weren't attractive before and you've repositioned them.

0:39:260:39:29

You've made them much more versatile than they were, and that, I think,

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is going to help sell them because they're really good.

0:39:320:39:34

Well done, Norman.

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Why don't you have a little celebratory sit-down?

0:39:360:39:38

I could stay here now for the rest of the day, couldn't I?

0:39:400:39:42

No, I've got to get these sold.

0:39:420:39:43

We're not going to sell them sitting here. Let's get to it.

0:39:430:39:45

I don't have to, you do, so, thank you very much!

0:39:450:39:48

-Off you go.

-Nice to see you.

-To see you, nice! Bye!

0:39:480:39:52

Well, it looks like the barley twist challenge might have given Norman

0:39:520:39:56

a couple of headaches but he's done really well.

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I've now got comfortable, saleable chairs.

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I've just got to see who wants them.

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Paul was dumping these chairs for a friend who was downsizing.

0:40:040:40:08

-Nice chairs.

-They're lovely chairs.

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Luckily, Sarah's eye for potential stopped them

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from ending up in the skip.

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It would be wonderful to see somebody do something with them,

0:40:150:40:18

you know, so they can be used again.

0:40:180:40:20

That someone was Sarah, ably assisted by Norman.

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And Sarah had no trouble selling them to Slimmeria,

0:40:280:40:31

a health retreat in Devon.

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And owner Galia is over the moon.

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I like the fact that people can really enjoy something

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that has been recycled because I strongly believe in recycling

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and particularly when people recycle such beautiful pieces.

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Sarah's in Haslemere in Surrey to let Paul know

0:40:500:40:54

what became of the chairs and to hand over some cash.

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-Hello, there.

-Hi, Sarah.

-How are you doing?

-Yeah, not bad. You?

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Yeah, very nice to see you.

0:41:030:41:04

So you were being really helpful when we last met,

0:41:040:41:07

-moving a neighbour.

-That's right, she was downsizing

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and she had a lot of stuff that she basically couldn't really retain

0:41:100:41:14

and unfortunately, you know, we took the rubbish to the dump

0:41:140:41:17

but there was some good stuff in there, too, so...

0:41:170:41:20

Well, it was my lucky day because those chairs that came out

0:41:200:41:22

of that van had a look to them. Not very commercial at the moment

0:41:220:41:25

but definitely worth saving.

0:41:250:41:27

-We thought we'd give them a little bit of a twist.

-Yeah.

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So I took them down to Sussex where a fantastic maker Norman

0:41:310:41:35

decided they needed refreshing.

0:41:350:41:36

-So he has actually turned them into steamer chairs.

-Wow.

0:41:360:41:39

-So your chairs now look like that.

-Wow. Gosh, that's fantastic.

0:41:390:41:44

He took all of the old paint off, gave them some new cushions,

0:41:440:41:48

made special sections for the legs. What do you think?

0:41:480:41:51

Oh, I think that, well, it's amazing, actually, what he's done.

0:41:510:41:54

Well, he did do a good job on them and they've been sold

0:41:540:41:56

and I'm pleased to say there's some profit from them as well.

0:41:560:41:59

-Oh, really?

-There's 35 quid for those old chairs.

-That's not bad.

0:41:590:42:02

Thank you very much, Sarah. That will do, that's lovely.

0:42:020:42:05

I mean, profit, who can argue?

0:42:050:42:06

And have you got anything you might do with 35 quid?

0:42:060:42:09

Maybe bits for the computer possibly or something. So, who knows?

0:42:090:42:12

-Excellent.

-No, I'm pleased. I'm just pleased that they, you know,

0:42:120:42:15

they've been sold, and someone's made use of them.

0:42:150:42:17

-That's a good thing.

-Excellent.

0:42:170:42:19

Lovely to catch up.

0:42:190:42:20

-Bye-bye.

-Lovely to see you again. Yeah, take care. Bye.

0:42:200:42:23

Norman's total costs came to £400.

0:42:260:42:30

Sarah sold the chairs for £435,

0:42:310:42:35

giving Paul 35 quid to buy bits for his computer.

0:42:350:42:40

Lovely stuff.

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Sarah's saved once-cherished possessions

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from being chucked in the skip.

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They could have been heading to landfill.

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Instead, they've been given a new lease of life.

0:42:540:42:57

Well, I love nothing more than turning old into new

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and making a profit along the way.

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So that's three more items reimagined and off to new homes.

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Upcycling expert Sarah Moore searches for three items that have the potential to produce a profit at the Witley Recycling Centre in Surrey. With her salvaged items under her arm, Sarah enlists woodworker Norman Wilkinson to tackle some chairs in need of a makeover, while creative duo Josh and Oli have the unusual task of reimagining a collection of fishing rods. A reproduction designer chair has Sarah scratching her head, but will she succeed in making money for nothing?