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A visit to Bill Robertson's shop

Bill Robertson’s “Architect’s office #1.” It’s the work space of my dreams, except that it’s too small for me. Everything in this office built to tiny scale functions as would its full-scale counterpart: The seats of the stools can be raised or lowered, the drafting tables tilt…you get the picture.

Bill Robertson builds miniatures, from tables, chairs, cake stands, and stoves to complete houses, as well as the tools with which to build these things, most often to 1/12 scale. All are meticulously researched and exquisitely crafted with fully functioning mechanical parts.

Let that sink in a moment while pondering the toolbox below, with Robertson’s fingers and a pencil tip for scale.

A visit to Bill Robertson's shop

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Given how little space Robertson’s creations require, you might imagine his workshop to be sized proportionately, albeit with some allowance for the full-scale craftsman who has to work there. As it happens, Bill’s shop, located in the basement of his 1914 home in Kansas City, is surprisingly large: 600 square feet.

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