Jack’s chair was close to perfection

NICE Jack Lasnon with his winning chair
NICE Jack Lasnon with his winning chair
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TALENTED carpenter Jack Lasnon proved he’s a wizard with wood by creating a prize-winning chair.

The 18-year-old was named Young Craftsman of the Year after entering his wooden wonder for the South of England Show.

Judges at the event, held in Ardingly, West Sussex, also gave him first place in the carpentry section.

The judges described the two-part oak garden chair as being ‘as close to perfection as possible’, with the only flaw a slight 1mm difference on one of the slats.

Chairman of the Young Craftsman of the Year Sarah Peay added: ‘Its design is very simple and very effective.

‘It’s very marketable, and he had virtually built it with nothing wrong with it at all.

‘It was really very, very good and very comfortable.

‘It’s adjustable, and can come apart to be stored.’

Jack from Epworth Road, Copnor, works during the week as an apprentice in Horsham for the Camelia Botnar Foundation, which provides work experience for young people.

He told The News he is planning a career in carpentry and hopes the win will help his future business.

He added: ‘I didn’t expect to win, and I’m really happy with the chair.’

Jack won a total of £1,250 in prize money, and plans to use it to buy tools in the future.

‘I just want to forget it’s there so I don’t waste it,’ he added.

His proud mum Jan, said: ‘The judges said that as well as the chair being light to carry, and very elegant and beautiful, they said each individual slat was finished to such a high degree that they felt like silk to the touch.’