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Building. Hammer & nails. Earth & shovel. Paper & glue.

It all started last Christmas when John gave me an N-scale train set. It really started years ago with the little idea in my head that said to build a Christmas village. With the train set I had some parameters.

I rolled up my sleeves and learned about wood and styrene and adhesives and scale. I veered away from styrene because I just didn’t like the feel of it. So wood was my medium of choice. Measuring. Cutting. Gluing. Cursing. Lots and lots of cursing.

Cutting wood into minuscule N-scale walls and roofs was impossible never mind framing windows and doors.

In the wee hours of the morning, the little idea in my head said, “Paper.” I had largely ignored what I read about building with paper because it was not geared toward scale building. But that little idea, and the hour of the day, would not let me be combative.

The realization that working with paper was the only way my village would even break ground before Christmas was accompanied by the thought that paper will allow me to really expand on the idea of what I want to create. So the cutting began.

I started with a template from N-Scale Limited. If you click on the link, you’ll see a beautiful N-scale model built from wood. I’m sure my paper section house won’t be nearly as elegant but then, it’s not meant to be.

Instead, I hope my village will express the boundless genesis that the little idea in my head has in mind.


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