Former sailor spends 900 hours building a matchstick Mayflower

Former sailor spends 900 hours building a matchstick Mayflower as his wife praises the 70,000-piece vessel for keeping him out of the pub

David Reynolds, 61, used 70,000 matches to create his Mayflower ship replica The 4ft high and 5ft long model has tiny anchors and rigging blocks along side

The creation weighs nearly 16lb and took 900 hours to build over two years 

It is 400 years since the Mayflower sailed the Atlantic. 

For retired sailor David Reynolds it must, at times, have felt like it was taking nearly that long to build his matchstick replica of the ship.

Mr Reynolds, 61, used 70,000 matches to capture every detail of the historic vessel – which sailed with the Pilgrim Fathers to North America in 1620.

David Reynolds, 61, used 70,000 matches to create his Mayflower ship replica over two years

His stunning 4ft high and 5ft long model has tiny anchors and rigging blocks along the side, and Mr Reynolds has even carved out the ship’s emblem towards the stern. On the deck is a tiny lifeboat with miniature oars and seats.

The replica, which weighs nearly 16lb and took 900 hours to build over the course of two years, is held together with whipping yarn – usually used in rugs, PVA glue and cord. 

Mr Reynolds, father of one, began making models out of matches in the merchant navy. ‘Now I’m retired, I decided to rekindle my passion for it,’ he said.



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