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79 Year Old Boat Builder of 432 Ships

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Blog entry by Grumpy posted 11-13-2013 02:31 AM 1582 reads 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

79-year-old Phil Warren from the UK spent 62 years to build this incredible fleet of 432 ships. All vessels are built entirely of matchsticks and boxes of wooden matches.  The collection includes nearly 370 American and 60 British ships.
Although now 79 years of age, he began creating his first boat in 1948, when he was only 17.  He uses a razor blade, tweezers and sandpaper to carve the pieces and boxes, then assembles them with balsa wood glue.  In total more than 650,000 matchsticks are used to create an amazing collection of 1:300 scale models. Even 1,200 aircraft made even more realistic appearance to dress the decks of aircraft carriers.
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-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python



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#1 posted 11-13-2013 02:49 AM

amazing hobbyist and a fellow woodworker

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#2 posted 11-13-2013 02:50 AM

Wow …

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#3 posted 11-13-2013 03:18 AM

Wow, Tony, he is amazing!! Thanks for sharing!!..............Jim

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#4 posted 11-13-2013 03:24 AM

Incredible! Thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 11-13-2013 03:26 AM

Wow! Really amazing what one can do with very small pieces of wood

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#6 posted 11-13-2013 04:15 AM

I remember serving trays with matches inlaid in patterns but nothing like this man has done.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 11-13-2013 04:55 AM

That’s sticking with your hobby 62 years and each one is an amazing work of art.

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#8 posted 11-13-2013 05:50 AM

thats is amazing , just amazing to stay the course that long ,and the detail of it all

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#9 posted 11-13-2013 06:27 AM

That does it, I am giving up woodworking … this is outstanding work!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#10 posted 11-13-2013 06:27 AM

Nice story nice work, something I will never achieve,...even if I do live that long !!

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#11 posted 11-13-2013 03:25 PM

This is just unbelievable! Incredible work.

-- Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.

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#12 posted 11-13-2013 09:54 PM

Sure must have a lot of patience.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 11-14-2013 06:31 AM

Thank you for sharing, Grumpy.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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