Model pub is perfect gift for its landlords
APHILANTHROPIC punter spent nine months recreating his favourite boozer out of matchsticks as a gift for its landlords.
Stephen Hughes, 52, spent more than 500 hours and used around 2,500 matches on his scale model of The Weaver pub, which is on Thornton Square in Macclesfield.
And after its regulars helped keep Stephen’s project secret as he completed the petite version of the public house, its owners were thrilled when he surprised them with the unique keepsake.
The wooden Weaver will now go on display pride of place in the pub inside a new glass case being made by the proprietors, Gary and Alison Walker.
Stephen, who has been making models since he was a little boy and lives with his wife Adele on Kenilworth Road, Macclesfield, said: “I made a fire engine from matchsticks for my father-in-law and gave it to him in the pub. Someone saw it and said I should make the pub. I don’t know why but it stuck in my head. A week later I sat down and started making it.
“All in all it took me about nine months and that was doing on average about two hours a day.”
Welder Stephen uses an assortment of tools to make his miniature matchstick models, including needle files, tweezers and tiny paint brushes. He also makes Airfix and other types of models. One of his biggest projects was making a German Tiger Tank from a kit, which took eight months.
Stephen added: “The wife wasn’t too happy because I do all my work on the dining table so she lost it for a few months. But I am very happy with the results. I have been going to the pub for more than 20 years and so it was nice to hand it over.
“For my next project I am going to make something in a bottle.”
Gary, who has owned the pub with Alison since last July, said that the gift came as a complete shock to the pair.
He said: “Everyone in the pub knew he was doing it but me and Alison didn’t have a clue.
“We’re absolutely over the moon, it is just brilliant. Right now we’re just getting going getting a glass case made so we can put it on display at the pub, but we’ve already had lots of people coming in just to have a look at it.”
●● Stephen Hughes with his matchstick model of the pub, with landlords Gary and Alison Walker in the background