I had the extreme pleasure to help Jeremy out with his booth at the Gainesville Craft Festival this weekend. Never have I seen such fine miniature work in person. It is awe inspiring to see his houses towering over you. His scratch built tudor stands at 5'3" and is nearly 6' long!! Here is a quick rundown before I leave you to your drool:
- The Victorian Mansion you will see is modeled detail for detail after a house here in Gainesville, Florida, known as the Sweetwater Branch Inn. It is a gorgeous B&B.
- It was Jeremy's first attempt at building a house.
- It is entirely scratch built and he uses cut to scale basswoood and real kiln fired bricks.
- He has been working on it for 6 years and is not finished yet!
- Each fire place has burned a real fire in it for 15 minutes at one point!
- The Tudor is built from a sketch of his own design.
- It has over 30,000 bricks; each of which he hand laid and mortared.
- The parquet floor is also his first attempt and took him 4 months to complete.
- The full basement features a hidden wine cellar with a movable door.
- The wine cellar also features a hidden passage up to the library. An actual full on staircase!!
- There are also cellar doors.
- The flagstone driveway was hand carved into wood.
- The carriage house features two doors and a swing out wall. It also has exposed pipe work, framework and electric.
- Each color is a separate tiny piece and there are 2,000 of them, if I am not mistaken.
Thank you again, to Jeremy for inviting me along with him. I had a great time. Look for another post about my fun purchases and creations!