Micro Marco

Marco TerenziMarco Terenzi is a toolmaker and furniture maker with a talent for incredibly tiny work.

by Christopher Schwarz
pages 43-47

Toolmaker Marco Terenzi has a dream shop that sounds a little bit like a nightmare from “Alice in Wonderland.”

It’s a typical shop with a workbench, tools and machines. But there’s a little door down in the corner. If you get down on your knees, open the door and stick your head through, you’ll be in an exact quarter-scale replica of the full-size shop, and it’s fully functional. Everything is tiny but it works.

“And that’s when my parents said ‘no, no, no, stop, stop, stop,’” Terenzi says with a laugh. “My parents tell me I need a girlfriend.”

Since Terenzi was about 6 years old, he has spent just about every waking moment in his parent’s basement, building things out of wood and metal. He started as a typical young woodworker making pens and scrollsawn decorations. But then his work took a turn for the small, and now he dedicates a lot of his time to making quarter- or 10th-scale woodworking tools, workbenches and tool chests – all of them fully functional.

His work has attracted attention all over the world for a couple reasons. First, no matter how close you get your eyeball to his work, it still looks full-scale. Second, he’s only 25 years old.

Web Site: Visit Marco Terenzi’s web site.
Online: See Terenzi’s work on Instagram.
Blog: Read Paul Hamler’s blog on miniatures.
In Our Store:The Art of Carving Netsuke,” by Peter Benson.

From the February 2016 issue, #233
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