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HCMC man makes replicas of iconic buildings from toothpicks

Famous landmarks like One Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi have become miniatures made of toothpicks and mica in Hoang Tuan Long's skilled hands.

Hoang Tuan Long, 46, was for long pursuing a hobby of collecting building replicas. In 2012 he tried to make his own from materials such as strings from musical instruments and pieces of formex, but without success.

HCMC man, replicas of iconic buildings, toothpicks, Famous landmarks,  Hoang Tuan Long, skilled hands, musical instruments, care and meticulousness

Hoang Tuan Long, 46, was for long pursuing a hobby of collecting building replicas.

Four years later he discovered that bamboo toothpicks and mica were the perfect materials. Since then he has made miniatures of the One Pillar Pagoda, the White House in the U.S., Big Ben in the U.K., and other landmarks.

He initially made them as a hobby and had no intention of earning money from them. Recently some of his friends told him to monetize his passion.

He says: "But I do not make them in large numbers to earn more money. I have requirements such as they must be beautiful. And buyers should not push me or bargain. But they can return the item if they are not satisfied."

HCMC man, replicas of iconic buildings, toothpicks, Famous landmarks,  Hoang Tuan Long, skilled hands, musical instruments, care and meticulousness

A miniature of the cross at Tan Dinh Church in Saigon’s District 1. Long created patterns of the church’s windows in it so that people can recognize it.

Before starting, Long always reads about a structure’s dimensions, checks out their photos and draws them first on his computer.

Laser-cut mica pieces, two-milimeter thick, are stuck together with the toothpicks and glue to form the base.

"After putting the toothpicks into the holes, I use small pliers to cut the excess. This task requires care and meticulousness."

HCMC man, replicas of iconic buildings, toothpicks, Famous landmarks,  Hoang Tuan Long, skilled hands, musical instruments, care and meticulousness

Khue Van Cac, the pavilion of the Constellation of Literature located inside the Temple of Literature in Hanoi. A notable feature of Long’s works is that he leaves gaps between the toothpicks, allowing him to light them up.

Long works on a miniature of the All Saint Church in Minsk, Belarus, where he went to university. Made of 200,000 toothpicks it has taken more than four months to make.

Long plans to teach his skill to other people.

"They can organize exhibitions to introduce bamboo toothpicks and Vietnamese artisans to foreigners. This will create jobs for orphans and disabled people."

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Source: VnExpress

HCMC man, replicas of iconic buildings, toothpicks, Famous landmarks, Hoang Tuan Long, skilled hands, musical instruments, care and meticulousness
 
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