The best makers from around the country take on a series of handmade projects they must complete in their own unique way. As the competition goes on, the challenges become increasingly difficult, and the least successful maker is eliminated each week. The show culminates in a final craft-off between the last two makers. Taking place in a serene outdoor setting, the positivity, character and camaraderie of handmade culture shines through as the comedic hosts and judges provide encouragement, guidance and lots of laughs.
Think of it as Project Runway for artisans and crafters. Since that's how I make my living, I tuned in for the first episode last week out of curiosity and LOVED IT. The show is hosted by Nick Offerman and Amy Poehler, who make a great team. All of the contestants are talented in various mediums. It's really fun to see how they approach each challenge using their completely different skills. Some are woodworkers, others papercrafters, textile artists, etc. Alas, no metalsmiths. I want to see someone whip out a blowtorch and a hammer!
I saw the first one and LOVED it! It's SO much like the format of The Great British Baking Show! I like how they have time to plan and research what they're doing, bring materials, etc just like TBGGS. If it had been all on the fly, I would have gotten annoyed as you can't rush that. Even so, that time crunch was still crazy. I was blown away by the wooden "quilt".
I love this show! It's so low key and stress free. It is my go to show before bed. Punkin, you're right that the hosts are not really in sync, humor wise. I do find their awkward banter amusing though. Amy Poelher (SP) mentioned she came from Burlington Massachusetts, which is known for the Burlington Mall. So, her quilt design would be a big quilt of the mall. This week, they did outdoor seating designs. I loved the guy who did clam bake seating. He used old fashioned lobster traps as chairs, put clam-shaped pillows on them. He made a candlepin bowling game with the pins inside the mouth of the Gloucester (Gorton) Fisherman. Too clever!
As a maker myself, I LOVE it. I saw the first episode on Hulu and thought it was a Hulu show. I tried to watch the second episode and was annoyed that I had to WAIT!
I'm always so amazed at how much they come up with in such a short time.
I love Amy and Nick, but I wish they'd show us more of the makers and their process. I'm sure they're given planning time, but all we see is them hearing what the challenge is and then whipping out boxes of supplies. I'd love to see that process. I'd also like to know more about the amount of time they're given for each challenge.
I think my favorite right now is Khiem. That outdoor movie theater was so great.
I was disappointed Richard got sent home. I liked his Easter porch design better than Jo's St. Paddy's Day one. All the shamrocks and leprechauns looked like they came from Party City.
OMG, those sheds! Amazing! I think Khiem might have been closer to the win if he hadn't used that awful fake brick. There are so many things he could have done that would have looked better. I did love Jo's little craft shed, although that would be WAY too small a space for me!
I watched the current episode with the lamps and the sheds and loved the light banter that threaded throughout the whole. The finished sheds were all original to their designers aesthetic, though I did love the astronomy shed.
Next week is the Finale, so I'll need to go ON Demand to catch up.
They put out a call for casting season 2.
The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. Dorothy Parker, (attributed) Established 2005 28,473
Definitely watch the episodes you missed, Ariel. Some of the coolest challenges were at the beginning of the season. The Faster Craft Challenges had a lot to do with who the contestants are, so you get a little insight into each of them.
I hadn't even heard of Bluprint - they've been advertising it as a sponsor of this show. I thought it was just a crafting website. The other day, I was checking on stuff to watch OnDemand (I have Comcast) and saw Bluprint listed with a free preview. SO, it IS a website, but you can also access videos through your OnDemand. This week - I think until September 2nd - a bunch of the video classes are free OnDemand. They have all kinds of classes - from knitting, sewing and woodworking to fitness, cooking and dancing. I'm watching some really cool metalsmithing (my current obsession) classes. Just FYI for those of you who are craft-inclined. It's $14.95 for a monthly subscription, but you can also do a 7 day trial (possibly just online - not sure), so that's a good deal too. The trial includes more content than the free Comcast preview. I'm definitely doing that as well.
Happy to see they're already recruiting for season two!
SO happy that Khiem won! IMO, he was a stand-out from episode one. I liked all three finalists, but Khiem was my favorite. I love how he really put thought into every design choice so that, not only was it beautiful, but it also had meaning.
Glad to see the show has officially been renewed. I love how Nick and Amy really seemed to bond with the contestants.
Just finished the season. Wow!!! I LOVED this show. I agree, Khiem was my favorite. I wouldn't be mad if they didn't eliminate the contestants and just compete for patches. Just because I love to see what people make. This is such a feel good show.
I LOVE me some Nick Offerman! He's such a man's man, but not in a "I'm a macho jerk" way. Sweet, sensitive, smart AND he looks like that. Have you seen pics of his as a young man? Pretty hunky!
I'd be thrilled if they didn't do eliminations. I hate seeing people sent home (unless they're real jerks and that doesn't really happen much on these types of shows). Instead of eliminations, they could give patches and have a points system or something. So many of the early eliminations were people I think would have crushed some of the later challenges. I wanted to see more!
"I went to theatre school. I took two semesters of ballet. I’m the sissy in my family. I cry with pretty great regularity. It’s not entirely accurate to equate me with manliness. I stand for my principals and I work hard and I have good manners but machismo is a double-sided coin. A lot of people think it requires behavior that can quickly veer into misogyny and things I consider indecent. We’ve been sold this weird John Wayne mentality that fistfights and violence are vital to being a man. I’d rather hug than punch. Crying at something that moves you to joy or sadness is just as manly as chopping down a tree or punching out a bad guy. To answer your question, I recently saw Alicia Keys perform live. I’d never seen her before and the sheer golden, heavenly talent issuing from her and her singing instrument had both my wife and me in tears. What a gorgeous gift she has. Her voice is so great. And I had no shame [about crying.] If you live your life openly with your emotions, that’s a more manly stance than burying them." - Nick Offerman