Episode 7 The Repair Shop


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Episode 7

Jay Blades and the team repair a unique toy replica of a Dennis fire engine, a Japanese Imari bowl that has been smashed to bits, and a weathered piece of Dorset history.


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Welcome to The Repair Shop,

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where cherished family heirlooms are brought back to life.

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This is the workshop of dreams!

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Home to furniture restorer Jay Blades.

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Nowadays, everybody spends a fortune on stuff that, once it's broken,

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they just bin it. But everybody has something that means too much to be

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thrown away, and that's where we come in.

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Working alongside Jay

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will be some of the country's leading craftspeople.

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Every piece has its own story.

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It's amazing to think that some of my work becomes part of that story.

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I've always played with things,

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I've always repaired things. And I just love it.

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There is a real pleasure in bringing people's pieces

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back to life again.

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Each with their own unique set of skills...

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Right tool for the right job.

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..they will resurrect,

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-revive...

-On water, man!

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..and rejuvenate

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treasured possessions

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and irreplaceable pieces of family history.

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Wow! She's fantastic.

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Bringing both the objects...

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-Oh!

-This is what I remember.

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...and the memories that they hold...

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-Wow!

-..back to life.

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Oh, my God!

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In the repair shop today,

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Steve gets to grips with a favourite childhood toy.

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ALARM BELL

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There we go. Sounds a bit like a fire engine!

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Or a doorbell.

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It's quite a magical peace, really.

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And Kirstin takes on an Oriental artefact with an unusual history.

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It can be used for blood-letting,

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as a sort of medical practice

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for treating all sorts of various illnesses.

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First to arrive at the repair shop, a very special delivery,

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all the way from deepest Dorset.

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-How we doing, sir?

-John Felsted and Kevin Oakley have brought a little

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piece of local history that's seen better days.

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-This looks heavy.

-That's it, boys, that's it, boys, come on!

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Here, I've got it, I've got it.

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OK?

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Phew!

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So, now I've got my breath back, what is it we've got here?

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You've got the village sign,

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from a little village in Dorset called Winterborne Stickland.

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This was crafted by the whole village.

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Reg, who was a baker...

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-A baker?

-He was a baker.

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-Right.

-So he designed it in Plasticine

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and then they decided amongst themselves who would carve what.

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We have a local engineering works that made the ironwork.

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We've got a man that makes ceramics.

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-Yeah.

-So he made that.

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Loads of people have come together to make this sign?

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-Yeah. And it depicts various parts of the village.

-Yeah,

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I was about to say, it's quite interesting

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how you got different things going on there.

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With the gloves and the clock.

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That's the mill house.

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-And there's a church.

-This is the church, yeah.

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Now, this side looks in a lot better condition.

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-One faces north, one faces south.

-OK.

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I think you'll find this faces south.

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And you've got a date down here, what's this?

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1988, that's the date it was unveiled.

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Oh, this is quality. Oh, I get it. That's why we've got the post.

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So, this would sit right on top of that,

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so it needs a good support because this is very heavy.

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-It is heavy.

-Yeah.

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The main problem with the post

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is the crack all down through the middle.

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-Yeah.

-It would be very nice

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-to see it put back to its original condition.

-Yeah.

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Simple!

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We can do that, can't we?

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I think this is going to be much like how it was

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put together in the beginning, a big team effort by the repair shop.

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Yeah. Gentlemen, it's been a pleasure.

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-It's a pleasure. Absolute pleasure.

-Thank you very much.

-Thank you.

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You guys take care now.

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First port of call is metal worker Don.

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-Cor, this is heavy!

-OK, be careful because that's ceramic.

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OK.

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-What is this?

-It is the top of a village sign

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but I need your help to take this apart.

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It's so much easier

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for me to clean all the individual panels separately,

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rather than having this humongous sign on my bench.

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I can take the metal part out and leave you with just the wood.

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Fantastic, top man. Thanks, Don.

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Many of the items that arrive in the repair shop are faded old toys

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that stir happy memories.

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Mervyn Granshaw is hoping

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that the team can rescue his favourite boyhood possession.

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-How we doing?

-Very well indeed, thank you.

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-Nice to meet you.

-What is it we've got here?

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This is a Dennis fire engine.

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They made most of the world's fire engines for, probably, 100 years.

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-Right.

-And during the Second World War, my father,

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who was a cabinet maker,

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he knew this gentleman who worked in a factory,

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who was a skilled metal worker.

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He made this model during his spare time, as a hobby.

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He gave it to my father. My father's name was Dennis.

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You look on the side of the bonnet, either side you'll see,

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it's not only a Dennis fire engine

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from the Dennis fire engine factory,

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-but it's...

-Made for Dennis.

-Made for Dennis, my father.

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So, he came home with it one day and gave it to me as a toy.

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-And you used to play with this?

-Oh, yeah. It was my favourite toy.

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So what did it used to do, then? Like, you say you played with it,

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you just pushed it up and down, or does it do stuff?

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No, no, no, how it works is this.

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If you operate this one on the side, they can go up, as far as you want.

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A-ha!

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And then this one, here, will rotate it anywhere you want it to go.

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-Yeah.

-When it's working and all the strings are functional,

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there's another little lever here and when you rotate it,

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the ladders will extend all the way up,

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so you have a triple length ladder.

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It also had its headlights at the front, operated by this switch,

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a little interior light for the driver.

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And also underneath there is a bell.

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So this is a one-off, isn't it?

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There's no other vehicle like this anywhere in the world, is there?

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No, not at all. This is the only one.

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I think this is all going to clean up beautifully, actually,

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and look absolutely cracking

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when we've got it all up together, working,

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lights on, ladder working and everything as it should be.

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Steve, you should be able to fix this.

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You used to be a fireman, didn't you?

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I did, yeah, I was a fireman for 30 years, retained fireman.

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Just waiting for a call, when I was working on clocks.

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And, yeah, I'd learned to drive fire engines on a Dennis.

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So you know how to work this, then?

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Yeah!

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I've now got a granddaughter and it would just be lovely

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if it was as it was when I was little.

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Well, thank you for bringing it in.

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-Not at all.

-And we'll let you know as soon as we're done.

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-Thank you very much.

-Nice to meet you.

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-Thank you.

-You take care.

-Bye-bye, now.

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There's quite a lot to be done on this, actually,

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apart from cleaning it up.

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I've got to work out how the ladders extended with all the ropes

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and everything.

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And, also, the electrics inside I need to sort out, as well,

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because the two lights,

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there's the one there that I've got to re-fix in there,

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I'd like all that to work as well.

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The bell is in quite a state and I'm not sure yet how that rings.

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At the back of the workshop,

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Will's getting to grips with the Dorset village sign,

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built by the residents themselves 30 years ago.

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I am beginning to clean off the old varnish,

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so I'm using this dental tool.

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It's really fine and really small.

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There's something actually really satisfying about this.

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Peeling back the years,

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you can actually see some areas where whoever had carved this before

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had left tiny imperfections and scratches and things.

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If I went over this with sandpaper I might have lost that,

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so it's quite nice to see a bit of the maker's mark.

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Kirsten is running her eye over the once colourful

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ceramic country landscape,

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which has been growing greener with every passing season.

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This side has obviously borne the brunt of the weather

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and it's got quite a lot of algae and stuff growing on it,

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so I'm just going to give it a little bit of a clean,

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and I'm just going to try some water on a cotton wool swab

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and see how that does.

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Actually, that's coming off really, really well.

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The team in the workshop is accustomed to working with

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prized pieces from all over the globe and, this morning,

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Jane Martin has arrived with precious cargo...

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Hello, what a beautiful place this is.

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There we go, thank you.

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..an ancient artefact from the Far East.

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So, what do we have here?

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Here we are. Well, we've got a ceramic plate

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and it felt off a shelf

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and now it's in these pieces, and I feel shattered.

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Did I hear ceramic?

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Yes, I was about to call you over.

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Hello, I'm Kirsten.

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I hope you can help because

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it was bought by my grandfather in the 1880s.

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He was a very cultivated man.

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It was already broken at the bottom here.

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You will perhaps find the ancient glue and the tragedy,

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it fell off a shelf to the ground and I was shattered.

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And I want to hand it on to the next generation.

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-Yeah, absolutely.

-And that's why it means a lot, you know,

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to have it made good again.

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I would love to know if you, you know,

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what was it for and is it Japanese or Chinese?

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Actually, I think it is Japanese.

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Why would you say more Japanese than Chinese?

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Well, just the Imari ware is quite typically Japanese.

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Do you happen to know if all the pieces are here?

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-I was about to ask the same question.

-Yes, that's all I have.

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Do you know, it is really... Aesthetics mean a lot to me,

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and I just love things that are beautiful

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and as William Morris said,

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and I'm sure you all know,

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"Keep only those things in your house

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"which are either beautiful or useful."

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Well, I know Kirsten will do a fantastic job.

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Yes, thank you very much indeed.

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-Lovely, thank you.

-Bye-bye.

-Bye.

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Imari porcelain was first produced in Japan in the 17th century.

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The hand-painted depictions of flora and fauna in blues, reds and golds

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are highly sought-after -

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when they're in one piece.

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I've just realised that I think I've got a whole corner missing here.

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So I think I'm going to have to make up this piece here.

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So that's going to be interesting.

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OK, that's a shame actually.

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I was really hoping that most of it was there but, anyway,

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I'm sure I'll tackle it.

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Outside, the village sign's metalwork

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is getting some special attention from Don.

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But one piece of the sign is beyond rescue,

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the old oak post,

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leaving Will with the task of carving a new one from scratch.

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Although the huge lump of new timber is putting up some stiff resistance.

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This oak is so solid and the grain is going in so many

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different directions that carving down the edge here,

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it's been really hard not to split up the wood.

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When you're chiselling there's always a chance

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that the blade finds the grain of the wood and it follows it,

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so you have bits of wood splitting off.

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Once you've split it, you can't really go back.

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So I've had to sort of carve it from different directions.

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After overcoming his carving issues with the village sign,

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Will's discovered another problem with the new wood

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that's left him a little stumped.

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So the post is made out of oak, which is naturally quite light,

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but everything else has been carved in mahogany, which is quite dark.

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So I'm going to use this stain here

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to give it an overall colour to match the original mahogany.

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The only problem with that is there's so much wood here

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that needs staining and polishing,

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and I could really do with another pair of hands.

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Luckily Don's on hand to help save the day.

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So I was thinking I need an apprentice.

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Right, OK. Yeah. Happy to help.

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-Yeah?

-Bring it on. Yeah, no worries.

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So what I'm doing is I'm applying it to the surface,

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then using the tissue to, sort of, blend it in,

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because if you go on too heavy

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then it almost looks like it's just been painted.

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Yeah, you don't want to lose all this nice grain.

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Then if you rub it in,

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you can still see that it's the mahogany

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and you can still see the grain.

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I think I can do that. Shall I start on this bit?

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You sure can.

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Can I stipple this, or what do you want to do?

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-Just...

-See?

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-Natural.

-How am I doing?

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Yeah, good. You've got the job.

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I don't know what all the fuss is about.

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Across the workshop,

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Steve is rebooting a one-of-a-kind fire engine.

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It was made during the Second World War and was a fully functioning

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replica of the real thing.

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I've got the turntable ladder device there.

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That's obviously coming from

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some device from the Dennis factory.

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I've got this switch unit there that goes on top.

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That looks a lot, lot better now.

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And I've got to paint the railings of this ladder section

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before I polish it up,

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because I don't want any polish to get onto the railings

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before I polish it, because the paint won't take.

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The three extending ladders have been out of action for decades.

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All Steve's technical expertise is required here.

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I'm repairing the ladder at the moment

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and there is an issue with it,

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because this hole here where the string goes through

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has actually cut a little slot just in the hole,

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and that is actually making the string that goes through it bind.

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So it was no wonder that the ladder wouldn't raise.

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So I've actually made a bush that I'm going to put in there,

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and I've rounded either end

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so that the string will slide through it nicely,

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and that should rectify the problem forever.

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Although there's been a slight hitch.

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I wanted to put the original bell back on,

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so I put a screw in there and the screw came through

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and actually broke a coil, one of the wires on the coil, there.

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So what I've had to do is take a lot of the coil off...

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..solder it up and then put it back again and it should...

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BELL RINGS

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There we go, sounds a bit like a fire engine.

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Or a doorbell.

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Kirsten is preparing to put together all of the broken pieces

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of the antique Japanese porcelain.

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I just want to...

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..see if I can get this animal glue off, this old adhesive.

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Yeah, that's coming off quite nicely, actually.

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It's quite satisfying.

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It's really important to make sure that all the exposed break edges,

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erm, are really, really clean.

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Any old adhesive is removed

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and, if you just have one of them that's out of alignment,

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it actually can put the whole piece out of alignment.

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So one join's wrong,

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it then, sort of, goes on to the next join

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and actually you just don't get a very good bond.

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With the Victorian glue removed,

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this porcelain jigsaw puzzle

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can begin to be pieced back together.

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So I think I'm going to try and make it into, sort of,

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two large sections, and then join the two pieces together.

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So it needs really, really thorough mixing, this adhesive.

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You basically have to mix it

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for as long as you can bear to mix it and then mix it a bit more.

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I'm just going to put the tape on now. There we go.

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And, hopefully, that way I'll get a really good, tight stick.

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I'm quite pleased with the way that's gone together, actually.

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But this puzzle is missing a piece,

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which Kirsten is going to have to rebuild using a ceramic resin.

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As it's such a large area,

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I'm going to support the area with some dental wax

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and then actually fill on top of that.

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Kirsten must draw on all her years of experience

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to replicate the centuries-old porcelain.

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I'm just hoping that I can actually get the translucency

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and the colour right.

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It's always quite difficult with something like this.

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I start off with some white pigment...

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..a cerulean blue, and just take a few tiny grains of pigment.

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Pop them to the side there.

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So hopefully that's the sort of blue colour.

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So I'm going to add in some yellow ochre,

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and immediately you can see

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that that gives it the sort of, the warmth.

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Try it out on a small area.

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It's quite difficult when you do a fill that's this big and this deep,

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but it's just a case of trial and error, actually.

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Now Kirsten has got the Japanese porcelain bowl

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back in one piece again,

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including the missing part that she's lovingly recreated.

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The prominent cut-out section on the rim is a clue

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to the bowl's original purpose.

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Now, what is that anyway?

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It's actually primarily, I think, probably a barber's bowl.

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But, equally, it can be used for blood-letting.

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Which is what? What's a blood-letting bowl?

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In ancient times, they would basically bleed you.

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It's actually used as a sort of medical practice

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for treating all sorts of various illnesses.

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-Yeah.

-But you offer it up to the neck

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and presumably do whatever you're going to do.

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Sounds a bit Sweeney Todd to me.

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Yeah. I was going to demonstrate, but I don't know if it's bad luck.

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I don't want to put a curse on myself. But...

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Can you hold it with two hands?

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-I'm going to hold it with two hands.

-Yeah.

-If you're having a shave...

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-Yeah?

-Right.

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And then if you're letting, then it's more like something like that.

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Yeah.

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Back outside, all that remains is to carefully piece

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the jigsaw back together

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before the sign can be to pride of place on the village green.

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-Done.

-Are we there?

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We're almost there, yeah. We just need to attach this last piece

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which is the ceramic bit, which is very fragile.

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-Really fragile.

-Then just pop it on the post and then it's done.

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OK, cool. So you don't need my help. I should go.

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Well... Well, do you know what?

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-You're such a strapping, strong, young man...

-Well...

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We thought we could do with some of that strength.

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Got the supervision we need.

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-That's it.

-You sure this is the right way round?

-Yeah. Yeah. Yeah.

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-Brilliant.

-Next thing...

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-Pop it on that now.

-This post?

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Yeah, if you just bring it over for us.

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He's sweating, look at his face!

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Trying to pretend it's not heavy! It's easy, mate.

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Go on, go on. Twist it. There we are.

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-Whack it in.

-You want a hammer?

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-Yeah?

-Yeah.

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-Done.

-Oh, look. Look at that.

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-Right, boys...

-One, two, three.

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-Go on.

-What are you doing?

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-Come on!

-I'm lifting!

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Put your back into it, man!

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All right.

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-Oh!

-Look at it. It looks amazing.

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What do you think, Jay, you happy?

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-You've done a brilliant job.

-Thank you.

-Well done.

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-Thank you very much.

-Well done.

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Now all that's left to do is return the sign to Dorset,

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and the two villagers who brought it to the repair shop, John and Kevin.

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It was in a bit of a sorry state.

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All green and mildew on the top.

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I don't think they'll ever get it back as good as the original sign.

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I don't think that's possible.

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So I'm anxious to see it now, to see really what they have done.

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John, Kevin, and some of the other locals

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are gathering for the sign's grand unveiling,

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back on the village green where it was first erected 30 years ago.

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Without further ado,

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I'd like to invite Kevin and John to unveil the sign.

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Five, four, three, two, one...

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THEY CHEER

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This is actually wonderful because, you know,

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the sign is part of the history of the village,

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and you can see the results of what's been going on.

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They've done a top job. It's almost like it was new.

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But aged beautifully.

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I thought the bottom post was the original post,

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but I understand that it's been replaced.

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It's just wonderful. Absolutely wonderful.

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I'm really, really pleased that it's turned out great.

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So, thank you.

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Back at the repair shop,

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Kirsten has been slowly but surely piecing together

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the much-loved Japanese bowl.

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This, for me, is the most enjoyable part.

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I've done all the coloured fills

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and it's now just putting on this decoration.

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It's quite nerve-racking.

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I do have to keep a very, very steady hand,

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and I generally don't breathe when I do it, so...

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Now owner Jane is back to see if the bowl

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that holds so many memories

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can be returned to pride of place at home.

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It does mean a lot, this plate, cos I've lived with it all my life.

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So this is the moment of great excitement,

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and I can't wait to see it.

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-Hello, Jane.

-Hello there.

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-How are you doing? Are you all right?

-OK, thank you, yes.

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Come on. Let's go and meet Kirsten.

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-Hi, Jane.

-Hello.

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Lovely to see you again.

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-Hi.

-You too. The moment I've been waiting for!

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So, the last time you saw it, it was in about 12 pieces, wasn't it?

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It was. It was awful and ghastly and a tale of woe as ever there was.

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There you are.

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I am blown over, completely.

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I'm so delighted.

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I can't... I'm not normally lost for words but I am!

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Do you know what, Kirsten? I tried to mend an egg cup,

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and I made a complete mess of it, so I am just amazed at this!

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It's better than it was before!

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-Oh, I can't believe that.

-It sparkles, it really does.

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A ruin has been made good again to enjoy, a much treasured,

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lovely plate...

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-Oh, bless. Look at that.

-You're very, very kind.

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-She's good, isn't she?

-She's brilliant.

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She's just the very best.

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Kirsten, I'm so pleased in every way.

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So, thank you every ever so much.

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You're welcome. It's been an absolute pleasure.

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Steve is giving a treasured toy fire engine a complete overhaul

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to bring it back into service.

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I'm really pleased with it all.

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So, I've just got to put the turntable on...

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That's working well, I think.

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Yep. And it's just a matter of putting the ladder on there.

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Final bits. It's all strung.

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I think I'll...

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tie the rope on once it's in situ.

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I think that might be easier.

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It's at this stage I'm really hoping that the ladder extends all right.

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If it doesn't, then back to the drawing board.

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This is great.

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I'm relieved, absolutely relieved.

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Good. All done.

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The engine's very proud owner, Mervyn,

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is back to collect his favourite old toy.

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I am feeling a little bit anxious today,

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because I remember just how fine it was when I was young.

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It's been like a little bit of conscience on the shelf

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for about 30 years,

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you know, slowly getting dustier.

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And I hope he's been able to wind the clock back.

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Hello, Mervyn.

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-Hello, Steve.

-How are you?

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Like going to the doctor, isn't it?

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I'm a bit anxious, Doctor.

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I hope you're going to treat me well.

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What are you expecting?

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It needed a lot of love and care and attention.

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And my fingers... Everything's crossed.

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OK. Well...

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..let me unveil it.

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Oh, my gosh!

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Oh, my... Gosh!

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I don't even... Wow!

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Steve, that is amazing. I think it's better than it was.

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Amazing. Amazing.

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That fire extinguisher was never that brassy, either.

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Can I play with it?

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-Yeah!

-We'll do the lights first,

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cos I think you should put the lights on first.

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Astonishing. They haven't glowed...

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Oh, there's one... Do you know, I don't even remember...

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We didn't talk about that one!

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I don't remember that one at all!

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Yup, it was there.

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Amazing. Can I go for the bell now?

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Yes, you can.

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BELL RINGS

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Yes, perfect.

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That's so nice.

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-Can I do the ladder?

-Of course you can.

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Now, what we have to do here...

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Well, you will know this now, I knew it...

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And you've done all of the wires as well!

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Oh, just amazing.

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Isn't it amazing? Oh, God, I've got to do this.

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See?

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This is winding the clock back considerably.

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-It's lovely to have memories like that.

-Yeah.

0:27:520:27:55

Yeah. And you've brought them back to life.

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It's beautiful. Steven, thank you.

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That is amazing.

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You're very, very welcome.

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It's quite interesting, memory, isn't it?

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You have these things tucked away, some things you can remember,

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words of a song, or something,

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and suddenly somebody shows you something

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and it just seems to unlock a room of memories.

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So it's fantastic, it's great.

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Join us next time, as more treasured items are brought back to life.

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Wow!

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Clockmaker and former retained firefighter Steve Fletcher gets the chance to work on a toy replica of an early Dennis fire engine. But this is not an ordinary child's toy; this one-off piece was built by one of the mechanics at the real Dennis fire engine factory.

Ceramics restoration expert Kirsten Ramsay pieces together a beautiful Japanese Imari bowl that has been smashed to bits, and reveals the gruesome purpose behind its design.

And the whole Repair Shop team comes together to save a weathered piece of Dorset history - a unique village sign, made up of metal, wood and ceramic parts all originally created by craftspeople who lived in the village.