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The Doric Cat Flap!

I’ve been making architectural models professionally for over 25 years and this project is definitely the most unusual thing I’ve ever been asked to build! I was approached to create a Doric portico, not in itself an unusual request, until he told me it was to frame a cat flap in his kitchen! This year has been tough for us all and receiving this request really made me laugh and cheered me up.

The Auschwitz Model: The Experience of studying the unimaginable

In 1999 the sculptor, artist and designer Gerry Judah asked me to help construct a model portraying a section of the vast Auschwitz concentration camp as it existed in 1944. Although it has been over 20 years since the model was completed I still regard it as perhaps the most important project I have worked on and certainly the one which required the most emotional energy as well as creative skill.

A Miniature Piece of History

From 8th – 10th November I will be exhibiting my work at Handmade in Chelsea, It’s a fantastic show packed with products from contemporary designers, makers and craftsmen. I’m particularly excited about this show as it is my 25th year running Ben Taggart Modelmaking & Design and to celebrate I’m launching a new product – […]

In Miniature

I’ve just finished reading Simon Garfield’s excellent book, ‘In Miniature’. It is an investigation into the fascination so many share for small worlds, models and the miniscule. Often when I tell people that I make models I have to overcome a strange feeling of being misunderstood, or more accurately, mis-labelled. Modelmaking is a very broad […]

A Small Battle

It’s interesting to wonder just how you arrive at your career. Could it be in the genes? I have always known the story my ancestor William Siborne who, in the 1830s set to work on a massive model of the Battle of Waterloo. This rather eccentric project became a lifetime obsession and unfortunately, the undoing […]