A Thorburn man is going to be competing to prove he’s Canada’s best handyman before a national audience.
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Kirk Schmidt, made a barrel to impress the judges for Canada’s Handyman Challenge. He is one of 16 finalists that was chosen from across Canada. Over the coming weeks, residents can watch him as he competes on HGTV.
Kirk Schmidt is one of the finalists that was chosen to compete on Canada’s Handyman Challenge.
To be accurate, the contest is actually already over, with the filming taking place last summer. But who the winner is and how well Schmidt did is top secret at this point and something locals will have to watch if they want to find out.
Schmidt said he decided to enter upon the recommendation of his wife Marjorie and is glad he took her advice.
HGTV Canada celebrities Scott McGillivray (Income Property), Bryan Baeumler (Leave It To Bryan, House of Bryan) and Paul Lafrance (Decked Out, Disaster Decks) scoured the country to find the most impressive handymen and women in Canada’s Handyman Challenge. After reviewing hundreds of projects and the results of intense audition challenges, the judges chose the top 16 finalists of the competition.
Each contestant was tasked with making an original plywood project to impress the judges before competing in challenges ranging from building rocking horses and mini putt courses to catapults and water towers.
After being accepted for an audition, Schmidt did some research on what the show was all about and said he realized he’d have to do something impressive. For his plywood project, Schmidt built a barrel. He said the idea came because he was trying to think of how to make a two-dimensional piece of plywood into something round and three-dimensional. It did the trick and earned him a spot on the show.
He said being part of the filming was a bit different at first.
“It’s a bit intimidating the first day, but then you start getting used to a camera in your face,” he said.
He said there would often be between 60 and 100 hours of footage shot for each one hour episode.
The tasks he was given were diverse.
“It was real interesting because you had no way of knowing what you’re going to throw at you,” he said. “You didn’t know if you were going to mount a door or build a fence.”
Challenges ranged from building rocking horses and mini putt courses to catapults and water towers.
For each project they had a limited time.
“You have no time to back up. You just don’t have time,” Schmidt said. “You just commit and go with it.”
The competition was tough too with career carpenters taking part.
The season culminates in a finale build, where Mike Holmes (Holmes Makes It Right) adds his expertise to the all-star judging panel to award the winner of Canada’s Handyman Challenge with $25,000 and the title of Canada’s Best Handyman.
For more information on the top 16 competitors, full episodes after they air, and exclusive behind-the-scenes information, visit www.hgtv.ca.
Canada’s Handyman Challenge continues Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on HGTV Canada.
Name: Kirk Schmidt
Hometown: Scarborough, Ont.
Current residence: Thorburn
Occupation: GIS analyst