Bargain Hunt star impressed by ‘incredible’ The Repair Shop expert

Lorraine: Will Kirk on his new show 'The Travelling Auctioneers'

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Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip expert Christina Trevanion is used to finding and researching items to discover their worth but has little to do with the restoration side of the antique business. So when she signed up for BBC’s The Travelling Auctioneers, the unique format of the show gave Christina a chance to see how it works from furniture restorer Will Kirk’s perspective. And after filming the daytime series for several weeks together, she couldn’t have been more impressed.

The Travelling Auctioneers follows Christina Trevanion and Will Kirk travelling around the country in their blue van, helping families who wish to raise some money for special occasions and find unknown treasured items within their belongings.

Once Christina locates things which could be of some worth, it is then up to Will to ensure they’re up to scratch so they have the best chance of selling once they go to auction.

Guests on the show were delighted to see some of their items transformed, good as new, and make a profit when it came to getting them sold.

Christina was equally thrilled to see the unique process unfold before her eyes.

Opening up to, Christina explained: “It was an incredibly, quite enlightening, experience to see what Will [Kirk] did, how he dealt with particular things and some of the things that he did, he’s incredible.

“His skill and his skillset, I mean, he would take something that was just a pile of wood and he turned it back into this incredible tea caddy.

“And if it hadn’t been for Will, it would have been thrown in the bin and that’s it.

“It became the most beautiful tea caddy or a little box you can put your jewellery in.

“I was absolutely blown away by his talent.”

Will, 37, works in carpentry as a furniture restorer so whenever there is anything to do with woodwork on The Repair Shop, he is called in to help.

He got his love for this particular line of work from his family, with carpentry running in the family, growing up, watching his grandad in his workshop.

Will studied graphic design at the University of the Arts before studying for a second degree in antique furniture restoration and conservation.

He continued to hone his skills by working in Italy before returning to London and setting up his own workshop with a team of craftsmen in 2012.

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Will made his first TV appearance one year after he set up his workshop in 2013.

He was featured in Channel 4’s French Connection where Brits purchased items in the antique markets in France and took them back to the UK to sell them for as much money as possible.

Will then went on to appear on BBC’s What to Buy and Why before joining the cast of The Repair Shop in 2017.

So it’s safe to say that Will has plenty of experience under his belt to impress customers as well as the Bargain Hunt star.

The Travelling Auctioneers aired each weekday for three weeks before coming to an end last week.

So far, there has been no talk on whether or not it will return for a second outing.

If the Christina Trevanion and Will Kirk-led show was to make a comeback, it will most likely be in early to mid-2023.

The Travelling Auctioneers is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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