How much wood would Framework chuck if the builders can’t chuck wood? Sorry.
First, have we all recovered from learning that Common’s real name is Lonnie Lynn? Congrats on the Academy Award, good sir.
Anyway, this week’s Framework challenge had the five remaining contestants selecting tree trunks to serve as the primary material for the build. Unlike in previous weeks, Jory only got first dibs in wood selection for winning the last challenge rather than assigning all the materials. Each tree came with a chainsaw user who would be available for advice prior to making incisions. Here’s how the designs shook out:
Jory picked ash and tried to make a y-shaped bench. However, during a critical cut of the tree, Jory was distracted and the wrong part of the trunk was removed. Jory tried to recover, but too much time was spent trying to compensate for the mistake. This was coupled with a backstory of how he almost drowned as a child and developed a stutter as a result of the incident.1 The bench, which looked rather stylish, could not function: the tipping point was too far forward, so sitting back on the bench caused it to fall back hazardously.
Freddy made a table from his ficus that looked ultra-modern and was a nice piece of business. Brandon called it a “homerun,” which I would agree with. Freddy may be a jerk, but at least he has skills to back it up. I think this was the quality of work that was expected from everyone in the competition earlier on.
Lacey created a love seat out of her ficus. The design included several details that would remind the customer that this piece came from a tree, but was not overly cutesy. There were some pitch problems with the seat, making the overall piece uncomfortable to sit in, but Lacey paid careful attention to smoothness and finishing. Also, she finished the piece, which is a major accomplishment.
Jason was freaked out through the entire challenge, as he is a metalworker and not a woodworker. Also, since he has been on the bubble the last couple of weeks, this challenge is the last thing he would want to encounter. Jason built a table, highlighting the natural blemishes from within the tree. Jason got dinged for not incorporating that much design into his piece, essentially slapping legs onto a slab of trunk and calling it a table. Also, the metalworking of the legs looked shoddy at best.
Rahil created what he called a coffee table but what looked a lot like the weird seat thing Jess made way back during the first challenge. The color of the wood looked great, but everything else about the design was…off. When the phrase “aesthetically not pleasing” gets tossed around, you know you are in trouble.
Freddy won the challenge, which is the correct call. The judges—joined by guest judge Thom Jones of Semigood Design—ranked Jory, Jason, and Rahil as the worst. Despite all the indications that Jory would be going home, he got zero votes. Jason got one vote, but the other judges decided that four visits to the bottom was enough for Rahil.
This was another great challenge, even if the parameters were overwhelming for most of the contestants. The edit Jory got in this episode suggests that he will probably be the overall winner, but at least we will get one episode where there won’t be endless Rahil-bashing.
- To quote Mooch, in a text during the episode: “Jebus… Had we heard Jory’s backstory before? It’s like he was made to be on a reality furniture building show.” ↵