Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

If you’re given the worst pos­si­ble news, would you go on a world tour? Eat and drink like there is no to­mor­row? Catch up with ev­ery­one you’ve ever been close to?

It’s im­pos­si­ble to an­swer un­less you are faced with a di­ag­no­sis that there is noth­ing more doc­tors can do.

But for Pic­ton man Gor­don Gar­diner the an­swer was sim­ple.

The for­mer ship­wright and car­pen­ter got stuck into some­thing he loves - build­ing model boats.

Over the past year - the length of time he was given by doc­tors be­cause of his em­phy­sema - he has built 50 in­tri­cate mod­els, mainly of sail­ing ships.

He says the buzz of the craft has given him a new lease of life.

He worked 10-hour days shap­ing and craft­ing wood and metal.

And even though he is slow­ing down now, it’s also com­fort­ing to him that he can leave some­thing be­hind.

His legacy of beau­ti­fully de­tailed ships has been left to the Pic­ton Pow­er­house Mar­itime Her­itage Re­serve.

Well done Gor­don.

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