Richard Dollery beside his miniature church. Picture by Peter Boam.
MADE up of 20,000 pieces of stone and about 3,500 roof slates, Richard Dollery has painstakingly crafted a 12th century church in miniature.
It may look like it was built centuries ago by master stonemasons but the model started life as a gardening project by the former labourer. Richard, an ecclesiastical artist, has worked around 4,000 hours in all weathers since May 2010 to craft the building in his mother’s garden, in Queenbower.
He is now working on the final element of the build, the window tracery: "All the corner stones, internal arch blocks, door/window arches and jambs have been hand-made, cast out of strong cement."
He added: "Each roof slate is cut using a grinder, drilled and then finished by hand before being nailed into place.
"I haven’t worked from plans, only pictures in my head."
The building, measuring 7ft wide by 10ft long and 5ft high, has been inspired by Island churches.
It has replica features, such as quinto acuto arches and a tower modelled on the 13th century St George’s Church, Arreton.
Richard, who runs Bespoke Stone Church, plans an open day in February in aid of the Island-based children’s charity, Daisy Chain.
The interior of the miniature church.
The exterior of the miniature church.
Inside the miniature church.