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Ukrainian artist strikes a chord with matchsticks

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Bogdan Senchukov’s instruments are made of aspen, described by experts as the least ‘musical’ wood

Ukrainian Bogdan Senchukov wants to carve his way into the Guinness Records: by making the world’s biggest collection of musical instruments from matchsticks.

Already, 15 of his real-sized instruments, including two guitars, accordions, violin and drums, are played by a band of musicians which prides itself as the only “match music band” in Ukraine.

Mr. Senchukov’s hobby started at school and he has since then handcrafted items recreated in minute detail, including a tank from The World of Tanks computer game and a miniature Eiffel Tower, but his real passion is musical instruments.

“(What I love) is to carve, to glue, to make it hold the shape, to take into account microns of a millimetre and to make it play in the end,” Mr. Senchukov, 29, said.

“When the instrument plays ... I cannot find words to express my feelings when something made of these tiny sticks plays as an ordinary musical instrument does.”

Ukrainian artist strikes a chord with matchsticks
 

While most modern musical instruments are made of beech or acacia wood, Mr. Senchukov’s instruments are made of what experts say is the least ‘musical’ wood, aspen, commonly used to make matches.

It took Mr. Senchukov six months and 27,000 matchsticks to create a bass musical instrument in the shape of a trident, the Ukrainian coat of arms, which he now plays in the band.

Long hours

He said the most challenging part of his work was when some elements require more than 10 hours of continuous work. For example, a violin or guitar string plate has to be produced in one sitting, otherwise it will lose its shape.

Another time-consuming process was cleaning the match heads, but Mr. Senchukov’s art and efforts did not go unnoticed, and one Ukrainian factory now provides him with matchwood.

 

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