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January 04, 2021

 

Clockmaker Steve Fletcher turns his talents to restoring an ornate antique pipe, carved from a mineral called meerschaum. Steve also calls on the help of his sister, and master saddle maker, Suzie to replace the lacklustre leather parts of the pipe. Gramophone guru Tim Weeks takes on the restoration of an early twentieth-century record player and radio that was bought at an auction by owner Corrie when she was just five but hasn't produced any music for years. And ceramics restorer Kirsten Ramsay tackles one of the largest pieces she's ever worked on, a huge blue pitcher from Germany decorated with images from an infamous event in Roman history.

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Host Julia Collin Davison makes a foolproof recipe for Chile Verde con Cerdo (Green Chili with Pork), ingredient expert Jack Bishop shares what you need to know about canned and jarred chile products, and test cook Elle Simone Scott prepares a refreshing CΓ³ctel de CamarΓ³n (Mexican Shrimp Cocktail).

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Furniture restorer Will Kirk takes on a rickety, water-damaged rosewood table, but the extent of the damage leaves him with a tough decision to make. Resident clockmaker Steve Fletcher turns his hand to getting an antique French steamboat ship-shape again after it was found buried on a beach over fifty years ago. And after many hours of stitching and sewing, soft toy restorers Amanda Middleditch and Julie Tatchell reunite a much-loved but threadbare panda bear with its owner Jill, for whom the bear holds many cherished memories of her late father.

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My favorite holiday discovery is The Repair Shop, which you can find one season of on Netflix. There is just something special about skilled specialists, deep in their craft, bringing memories back to life that I find utterly delightful. Highly recommended.

 

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.

Watched on Trakt

 

Pleased to report that the problems on my computer with external USB devices has been resolved. My LG UltraFine displays were acting as my "hub," but were super unreliable. Got an OWC Thunderbolt Dock, and all is now well!