Ex-miner’s flaming passion

RUDA SLASKA: Janusz Urbanski has a one of a kind chessboard he never plays, a personalised guitar he does not strum and a boat he cannot sail. Why? They are all made from tens of thousands of matches.

For the last 40 years, the former Polish miner and ironworker has harboured a passion to build replicas of objects, buildings and famous sites with just match sticks and glue.

A local celebrity, he likes to make the sculptures as gifts and rarely sells them.

But some of his works are displayed at a local museum and a replica of his local church was donated to the parish.

“I’m proud of every one of my works,” Urbanski said. “When I make something, it’s big. Of course it takes time, but I put my heart into it.”