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Thursday, 21 August 2014

City man builds cardboard scale model of Carlisle Cathedral

A former welder from Carlisle spent four months constructing this stunning model of the city’s cathedral.

David Wright photo
David Wright and his cathedral model

Self-taught model maker David Wright, 45, was looking for a challenge when he decided to build the 18-inch-tall landmark out of mounting board. Working on it six hours a day, he hand-painted the brickwork and carved the windows with a craft knife.

The model, which stands on a base four feet long by three feet wide, was intended as a showpiece to help him launch his business.

David, of Kendal Street, said: “I’ve been looking for a job for quite a while, without success, so I decided to make my own. It’s an architectural model-making service, aimed mainly at trusts, museums and maybe the council.”

He had hoped Carlisle Cathedral would consider buying its smaller sibling once complete, for a price of £4,500. Sadly, although they were impressed with his efforts, Cathedral staff said they couldn’t afford it.

He added: “It’s up for sale, if anyone’s interested in buying it. I’ve started another couple of models since, but I don’t want to make too many more because there won’t be room in my house.”

Carolyne Baines, a spokeswoman for Carlisle Cathedral, said they helped him with the project by providing plans and dimensions.

She added: “It was made clear at the time that the Cathedral would be very unlikely to wish to purchase the model, as there are many other calls on Cathedral funds.

“The Chapter have, however, seen photographs of the model and are very impressed by it.

“They are considering whether it may be possible to display it in the Cathedral for a while, to enable it to be seen and appreciated by visitors.”

Inspired by a practical father and a creative mother, David started making models as a child and soon found he had a keen eye for detail. He perfected his skills by building dolls houses and model railway accessories.

For more about the business, contact David on 07593 738 088 or email cumbrian miniatures@gmail.com

Have your say

keep on keeping on, don't stop because your time is still on the way and you'll be in great demand. trust me on this one!
peace to you sir!

Posted by rich on 1 December 2012 at 04:32

I just met this gentleman at a business networking meeting in town and he also does incredibly photographic paintings. What a talent this guy has. it's worth taking a look at his gallery section on the website. http://www.carlisleminiatures.co.uk/gallery The other models he shows on there are really neat. Cottages , pubs a small church and of course his Carlisle Cathedral in various stages of construction. Very cool indeed ;-)

Posted by Ray Cassidy on 31 May 2012 at 21:08

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