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Viewers last night criticized the ‘wretched’ judges of Channel 4’s Handmade: Britain’s Best Woodworker for being ‘too hard’ on the contestants.

In the first episode of the new show, which has been dubbed “Bake off for wood,” nine amateur carpenters were asked to build a showpiece bed in the “Big Build” challenge and tackle an engineering task.

Deciding who would leave were two industry heavyweights; award-winning architect Alex De Rijke and founder of the London School of Furniture Making Helen Welch.

However, viewers were skeptical of the program, stating that the challenge of building a bed in the first episode was too difficult. Others said the judges were too critical, with one writing: ‘Blimey the judges are a bit fierce.’

Viewers last night criticized the 'wretched' judges Helen Joyce and Alex De Rijke of Channel 4's new 'Bake off for wood' for being 'too loud' on the contestants

Viewers last night criticized the ‘wretched’ judges Helen Joyce and Alex De Rijke of Channel 4’s new ‘Bake off for wood’ for being ‘too loud’ on the contestants

When starting the program Alex explained: ‘Wood has a soul. As a designer and as a maker you have to respond to this.

‘I want good quality and I want simplicity, but I know that’s not easy to achieve.’

Meanwhile, Helen said, “I won’t be very forgiving if the finish is very rough and ready.”

In the first task, the builders were instructed to create a double bed, at least 6 feet high and “beautifully constructed,” with an understanding of joinery and an effective use of wood.

However, many viewers felt the judges were too critical of the amateur carpenters, including a moment when they said the joinery on a boat-shaped bed was “unforgivable.”

Speaking to contestant Rada about his hopes of building a Japanese-style bed, Alex told him, “Your design makes it sound complicated and I’m all for the virtue of simplicity.”

And later on about Tim’s decision to build a “ship’s bed,” he told fellow judge Alex, “Of course, what Tim does is very eccentric, but it’s an insane design.”

She added: “It sounds like he’s bitten off more than he can chew.”

Meanwhile, the amateur carpenters in the skill challenge had 90 minutes to make a pressure block.

Many of those watching said Helen and Alex came across as “fierce” and “tough” to the amateur carpenters

At the judging, they told Mandy that hers “wasn’t a good print,” while Billy was told, “Your tree could be a cauliflower.”

The carpenters returned to the tent to continue their bed designs, before the judges again criticized Billy’s design.

Alex said it was “do or die” for Billy, as they were concerned that they might see the joinery in his wooden bed.

After two days of epic effort from the contestant, Alex and Helen began studying the carpenter’s work.

In the first episode of the new show, nine amateur carpenters were challenged to build a showpiece bed in the 'Big Build' Challenge, while breaking down halfway through work to tackle an engineering task.

In the first episode of the new show, nine amateur carpenters were challenged to build a showpiece bed in the 'Big Build' Challenge, while breaking down halfway through work to tackle an engineering task.

In the first episode of the new show, nine amateur carpenters were challenged to build a showpiece bed in the ‘Big Build’ Challenge, while breaking down halfway through work to tackle an engineering task.

Meanwhile, the amateur carpenters in the skill challenge had 90 minutes to create a pressure block — with the judges saying Billy's tree design looked more like a cauliflower

Meanwhile, the amateur carpenters in the skill challenge had 90 minutes to create a pressure block — with the judges saying Billy's tree design looked more like a cauliflower

Meanwhile, the amateur carpenters in the skill challenge had 90 minutes to create a pressure block — with the judges saying Billy’s tree design looked more like a cauliflower

Tim’s whimsical boat-shaped bed had been planned by Alex, who told him, “It could have rocked like a simple rocking horse. It’s a missed opportunity. I am very sad about that.’

Helen added, “There’s some really questionable joinery going on.”

Meanwhile, Alex went further, noting, “Ambiguous is not a word, unforgivable is a word.”

And Jade, an art graduate, was told her intricately carved headboard “didn’t work,” while Helen explained, “You could have decided to do something more structured.”

Meanwhile, Helen said Jade’s intricately carved art school headboard was “a bit of a mess” (pictured)

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

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

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

Helen later said, “It’s a bit of a mess for me.”

However, it was Chantelle who finally got the boot for her ‘lavish’ sculptural design.

Many of the spectators thought the judges were ‘too harsh’ on the contestants, and one wrote, ‘The judges don’t come across well at all!’

Many of the spectators thought the judges were 'too harsh' on the contestants, and one wrote, 'The judges don't come across well at all!'

Many of the spectators thought the judges were 'too harsh' on the contestants, and one wrote, 'The judges don't come across well at all!'

Many of the spectators thought the judges were ‘too harsh’ on the contestants, and one wrote, ‘The judges don’t come across well at all!’

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

‘ That’s where #AllThatGlitters fell, and I really don’t like the horrible male judges on #Handmade. It would be terrible without Mel.’

A third said: ”I really hoped this #Handmade woodwork show on Channel 4 would be the next Pottery Throwdown/Bake Off/Sewing Bee, but it didn’t teach us about woodworking skills or techniques, the judges are cold and would they have to do. have starter smaller (eg simple boxes for beds etc!’

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