10 Matchstick Creations That Will Blow Your Mind
Have you every worked on a project that took a really long time? Well, imagine how long it took Iowa artist Patrick Acton to put together the matchstick creations below. He’s only been doing this for the past 36 years and he’s gone through over 4 million ordinary wooden matchsticks to create 65 incredibly detailed scale models. To say he’s talented is an understatement, and he’s pretty well known as his artwork has been featured on national TV shows and magazines.
Acton has always enjoyed working with wood even as a child. He once saw a television story about a man who made a model of his farmstead out of matches and years later he decided to try the hobby out for himself. Since then he’s developed more skilled techniques for curves and large sheets. By 1994, Ripleys Believe It Or Not began purchasing models from him for their museums. Now he just works full time as a matchstick artist. Check out the pictures below and see what you think, could you have the patience to build something like these with tiny little matchsticks?
Steampunk “Plane Loco”
International Space Station
New World Trade Center
Harry Potter’s Hogwarts
United States Capitol
Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride
Christoper Colombus Santa Maria
USS Forrestal Aircraft Carrier
Space Shuttle Challenger
If you want to see more, you can actually go to the museum in Iowa, but if you can’t make it there, head on over to the website.