Shropshire woodworking wizard puts stunning zebra sculpture up for charity auction

Misti Leitz from Ludlow won ‘Handmade: Britain’s Best Woodworker’, a Channel 4 TV show, pictured with the piece up for auction

Misti Leitz, who lives just outside Ludlow, was crowned Britain’s best carpenter after six weeks of competition on Channel 4 last year.

Now Misti has auctioned off one of her winning sculptures – a stunning depiction of a zebra – to raise money for a charity that aims to plant a million trees in the Beacons of Brecon. The reality show was filmed in the Brecon Beacons.

Summers Place Auctions, based in Billingshurst, West Sussex, will auction a group of 12 sculptures online, including the creation titled I Weep for Nature. The timed auction will take place from September 23 to October 3.

The zebra sculpture called I Weep for Nature, is created from burnt oak, stained basswood and stainless steel.

Misti did this for the carving challenge on Handmade: Britain’s Best Woodworker.

The brief was to produce a sculpture of a one meter tall animal in just two days, and this piece won first place by the judges and contributed to Misti’s overall victory in the competition.

She created this sculpture as a commentary on man’s devastating effect on nature.

The auctioneers say it is “therefore appropriate that 100% of the sale proceeds support a charity called Stump Up for Trees which is planting 1 million trees in the Brecon Beacons.

It has been estimated at £2,000-3,000 and estimates for Misti’s sculptures range from £500-20,000.

Misti said in an Instagram post, “Hopefully we can give them a serious boost!”

Misti, after being crowned the winner by Handmade: Britain’s Best Woodworker judges Alex de Rijke and Helen Welch and animator Mel Giedroyc.

Misti has worked for over 30 years as a high end interior designer, working in mansions and stately homes.

A few years ago, Misti decided to leave everything behind and now works in her forestry workshop, carving stone and wood.

Prior to the start of the series, Misti said her strength was her eye for design and her knowledge of wood and what it can do.

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