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The World's Tiniest Masterpieces
« on: July 09, 2018, 03:55:37 PM »
Did anyone else see the Channel 4 programme about Willard Wigan, a guy who creates miniature masterpieces that can only be seen under a microscope such as carvings in the eye of a needle or on a pinhead. He made his smallest ever piece towards the end of the programme which was a baby (complete with arms legs, eyes, nose, mouth etc) inserted into one of his own hairs from his head. Evidently the baby was just 1/800th of a mm tall :goggleeyes:

His main problems are static and his own breathing. He'd made a diorama of the Mad Hatter's Tea Party but accidentally inhaled Alice!

I don't know whether this is available on Catch Up or whatever, but please make an effort to see it if you can. Like some of his masterpieces, you'll be blown away ;)

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Re: The World's Tiniest Masterpieces
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2018, 04:24:11 PM »
I set it to record last night as it looked interesting, but haven't seen it yet. Seems like I did the right thing!

Thanks for the review.

Cheers,

Chris
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Re: The World's Tiniest Masterpieces
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2018, 04:48:13 PM »
I've not watched it yet but it is available on catch up until 7 August.

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Re: The World's Tiniest Masterpieces
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2018, 10:46:57 PM »
Thanks for this. I've just watched it, very inspirational.
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Re: The World's Tiniest Masterpieces
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2018, 11:06:29 PM »
I wonder if he could make a layout in one!  :hmmm:


On a more serious note, yes absolutely amazing stuff especially as the guy suffers from autism!

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Re: The World's Tiniest Masterpieces
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2018, 10:14:47 AM »
Caught up with it last night, truly astonishing.

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Re: The World's Tiniest Masterpieces
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2018, 01:54:43 PM »
His main problems are static and his own breathing. He'd made a diorama of the Mad Hatter's Tea Party but accidentally inhaled Alice!

If you know anything about Lewis Carol, the rest of the party were probably inhaling something else  :D

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Re: The World's Tiniest Masterpieces
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2018, 05:14:44 PM »
His main problems are static and his own breathing. He'd made a diorama of the Mad Hatter's Tea Party but accidentally inhaled Alice!

If you know anything about Lewis Carol, the rest of the party were probably inhaling something else  :D

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Re: The World's Tiniest Masterpieces
« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2018, 08:16:12 AM »
I met him at an exhibition in Llangollen some years ago where he had 12 pieces on display in specially constructed cases with built-in magnification areas.  He's a very interesting guy.
My favourite was a lady in full Welsh costume sat on the side of a stone bridge over a stream, which, if my memory serves me right, had been carved into a grain of rice.
He explained how he has to massively calm his heart rate before he starts as the pulses of blood through his fingertips can affect the carving accuracy - Mind blown!

Here are some images of some of his work
https://www.google.com/search?q=willard+wigan&client=firefox-b&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiOj5jtw5vcAhWqC8AKHYHMCE0Q_AUICigB&biw=1680&bih=885
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Re: The World's Tiniest Masterpieces
« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2018, 02:41:27 PM »
Finally got around to watching this last night - WOW!

Almost as interesting as his sculptures was his backstory - severely dyslexic, can't read or write, humiliated by his teacher at primary school. What an inspirational man.

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Chris
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Re: The World's Tiniest Masterpieces
« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2018, 09:02:08 AM »
Thankyou Mick for letting us know about Willard Wigan I watched that program last night and the bit at the end was absolutely incredible ,It makes even the finest N Gauge modelers look like a beginner .How he has the patience to keep doing that when I get really frustrated just trying to put the springs back in a Dapol easy shunt coupling.
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Re: The World's Tiniest Masterpieces
« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2018, 03:47:07 PM »
WOW! What a talent and inspiration Willard is. Just watched the programme and thoroughly enjoyed it. Everytime I get frustrated with things going wrong I will reflect on his wonderful patience and hopefully stay calm. Absolutely brilliant viewing. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: The World's Tiniest Masterpieces
« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2018, 05:32:45 PM »
I have just finished watching the programme and understand only too well the frustration of tiny pieces disappearing into the blue, it happens to me all the time! Willard's patience is off the scale - hats off to him, he is an absolute genius.

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