by Christopher Schwarz
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.