Published: 14:18, 14 October 2020
| Updated: 09:05, 15 October 2020
A Youtuber from Eynsford is the youngest contestant starring in a woodworking show, airing on TV this week.
Sean Evelegh, 20, is among the cohort of talented craftspeople showing off their skills in The Chop: Britain's Top Woodworker, debuting on Sky History tomorrow evening.
Comedian Lee Mack, presenter Rick Edwards master craftsman and designer William Hardie will host, with guest judges appearing as well.
In the style of The Great British Bake Off, carpenters will be given three tasks per episode, from making dining tables to boot racks, with styles and techniques from different time periods required.
In tomorrow's episode, the former Bethany School pupil will take on the American frontier and channel the wild west through his whittling.
Sean's interest in woodwork began when he took up design and technology at school, and his passion was spurred on by teacher Mr Norman.
"Mr Norman opened the workshop for me in break time, if a teacher was looking for me they knew I would always be there," Sean said.
Sean is not sure where he got his woodworking and design skills from, and his parents, he says "can't draw a stick man".
They might not have drawing skills, but they did have an empty garage, which they handed over to Sean to use as a workshop.
For the last three years he has presented his own Youtube channel, with more than 23,000 subscribers, where he holds tutorials and films the creations of his commissions.
After leaving school at 18, he started at the Rycotewood Furniture Centre in Oxford, and was then approached by a producer of The Chop, which at first he thought was too good to be true.
"She saw me on Youtube and asked if I would be interested in taking part, before she could blink I said yes. At first I didn't think it was real, the email came just out of the blue," Sean said.
Despite some nerves on the first day on set, he soon settled in and said taking part was a great experience.
The tasks were challenging, with about eight hours to make and design a historical piece and six hours to create a piece of furniture.
Reflecting on this, Sean said: "There was a task where I was being pushed right to the last second. I just remember sweating, there were drips going down my face while I was chiselling."
The programme was shot in Autumn last year, before the pandemic hit.
The Chop airs on Sky History tomorrow evening at 9pm.