Bob’s match­less

Hob­by­ist sets num­bers puz­zle with strik­ing model

Canning Times - - FRONT PAGE - Lu­cas da Paz

WORK­ING at a rate your av­er­age full-time em­ployee wouldn’t keep up with, Bob Hitch­cock has com­pleted a match­stick model of the most fa­mous palace in the world.

The 78-year-old took more than 3700 hours across 19 months to cre­ate his minia­ture replica of Buck­ing­ham Palace but craftily, he won’t yet re­veal ex­actly how many match­sticks were in­volved in the process.

That’s be­cause res­i­dents at Mr Hitch­cock’s nurs­ing home, Wa­minda Care Fa­cil­ity in Bent­ley, are tak­ing part in a chal­lenge to guess the cor­rect num­ber. As well as cre­at­ing fas­ci­na­tion around Wa­minda, Mr Hitch­cock said ded­i­cat­ing time to a craft ac­tiv­ity was per­son­ally in­valu­able.

“This is the best way to keep your mind go­ing,” Mr Hitch­cock said.

“It’s fan­tas­tic for the mind and you have to keep mak­ing de­ci­sions.”

Mr Hitch­cock has been mak­ing match­stick mod­els for more than 10 years and the palace is the largest in his col­lec­tion.

He drafted up a draw­ing of the model and be­gan con­struc­tion in De­cem­ber 2016, us­ing only glue and match­sticks. He said the match­stick mod­els were com­pelling and chal­leng­ing.

“The whole point is to work your mind and chal­lenge it,” he said.

While he’s now tak­ing a well-earned break from match­stick model mak­ing, Mr Hitch­cock said his next project would be New York’s Em­pire State Build­ing – which he ex­pects will take two years to com­plete.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Bob Hitch­cock proudly shows off his com­pleted model of Buck­ing­ham Palace.

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