Ronald Remsberg builds complicated structures from simple materials. In fact, Mr. Remsberg has built several scale models from nothing but matchsticks. A former Convair aeronautical engineer and builder of free-flight model aircraft, Ron used thousands of these sticks and Elmer’s glue to assemble models of some of the world’s most famous landmarks and structures. Ron has built about a dozen such models since starting in 1998. Though he has slowed down a little, the structures remain very square and precise. Ron noted that building the projects is a great tension reliever. This comparatively large matchstick model replicates the London Tower Bridge. The bridge is about 71″-long. This was Mr. Remsberg’s first attempt at making a matchstick model with moving parts. The two segments of the drawbridge can be raised or lowered. The Tower Bridge took nearly five bags of matchsticks (almost 10,000 total) to complete.

Exhibit added: April 13, 2012 - Last modified: June 2, 2023

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship