Photo: PIOTR STASIUK
While Wieslaw Laszkeiwick may use a whole lot of matchsticks, I bet he wouldn't appreciate you playing with fire anywhere near his creations. Here we have just one of the matchstick structures, a replica of the Church of St. Nicholas in Zamosc, that Laszkeiwisk has built in his workshop. A workshop that has has spent over 40 years creating these magnificent buildings.
This church is about 5 feet tall and is made up of almost half a million matchsticks. Not all matches are created equally however, and one match can make a huge difference.
“Not all the matches are suitable, it depends on the manufacturer,” he says. “Some of them cannot be polished, some cannot be formed. You have to know which one to use for forming, which one to use to be polished, which one can be carved – this kind of match has to be soft, has to be from a different kind of wood. Different wood structures meet in matches; you need to know how to sort them. Because if you don’t know your matches, you can use one wrong match and then not be able to polish the whole structure because one match is wrong.”