Gallery: Matchstick man's model hobby

A WGC man, who predicts he has used over one million matchsticks to create a series of models, is encouraging workers to partake in a relaxing hobby during the credit crunch. David Harding took up building his creations as a form of relaxation from his

A WGC man, who predicts he has used over one million matchsticks to create a series of models, is encouraging workers to partake in a relaxing hobby during the credit crunch.

David Harding took up building his creations as a form of relaxation from his lorry driving day job.

The Lumbards man said: "I joined the Army where they taught me to drive HGVs and tanks.

"But in civvy life there's not much call for tank drivers so I got a job with a heavy haulage company.


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"I travelled all over the UK and when I got home I used to relax making my matchstick models."

Even though the former North West London man doesn't make his models any more, he added he still kept himself busy during his retirement years, with his four grandchildren and making garden furniture.

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"I don't make dust collectors as my wife calls them so much now, as I am busy making garden furniture, birdfeeder, windmills, wishing well and wheelbarrow.

"My nickname in Kilburn was Matchstick Man. Now it will probably be Windmill Man!"

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