Sep 2nd 2010 By Bonnie Biess
Philip Warren spent the past 62 years faithfully recreating an armada of 432 Royal Navy
warships out of matchsticks and wooden matchboxes -- fast becoming known as the matchstick armada. Over the last six decades, he has painstakingly crafted every naval warship afloat, in service or to have come in since the second World War.
79-year-old Philip, a retired company director from Blandford, Dorset, England, began creating his first ship in 1948 when he was just 17. He uses a razor blade, tweezers and sandpaper to carve the matches and boxes before piecing them together using PVA and balsa wood glue. In total he has utilized more than 650,000 to create his incredibly detailed 1:300 scale matchstick armada.
Very impressive, sir. If it weren't for professional sports and video games, we'd probably be in a basement gluing stuff together, too. Keep reading for a closer peek at some of Philip's work.