Woodwork wonder woman Daisy Lula Brunsdon is the star of the new crafty TV series Saved and Remade.

The creative 25-year-old lives in Oxford and dropped out of her English Literature degree at Sussex University in search of something more “hands on”.

Following a stint in New Zealand and Japan working as a ski instructor and finding herself back in Oxford with nothing to do, Ms Brunsdon signed up for night classes in woodwork at The City of Oxford College.

Four years on and Daisy emerged with a 1st Class Honours in Furniture Design and Make from Oxford’s prestigious Rycotewood Furniture Centre.

Ms Brunsdon said: “I have always been very creative and hands on and I did not know what to.

“I ended up signing up for a woodwork evening class and I really enjoyed it and the teacher suggested I do a degree.”

It was while studying at Rycotewood that she met her boyfriend and business partner Andrew (James) Joye.

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The couple now have a business based in Long Wittenham called Lula James.

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The woodworker’s talents have not gone unnoticed and caught the attention of the BBC who were on the lookout for a woodworking expert to join the team of ‘re-makers’ for their new series, Saved and Remade.

The programme sees Ms Brunsdon and her fellow crafters breathe new life into peoples loved but unused objects.

The programme is full of challenges and Ms Brunsdon transformed a variety of objects on the show from a big boat to a small bowling pin.

She said: “It’s so wonderful to be trusted to re-purpose our contributors treasured possessions; transforming them from things gathering dust to items that can take pride of place in their lives.”

She added: “I found some of the tasks really challenging but in a good way.”

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The show is not a competition, but more about showing off woodwork talents and creating something new.

Ms Brunsdon said: “I was super-excited to be part of the show and working with a team of such talented craftspeople.”

Ms Brunsdon and her boyfriend Mr Joye formed Lula James Furniture on graduating and, supported by Rycotewood and The Sylva Foundation, became artists in residence at The Wood Centre in Long Wittenham, where they now have a workshop.

The couple make bespoke furniture such as tables, seating, cabinets and sideboards from locally sourced hardwoods.

The feel good programme Saved and Remade, is currently airing weekdays at 6:30pm on BBC Two and available on BBC iPlayer.

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