A miniature replica of the Turton School, created by Glenn Dix of Aberdeen, amazed folks from all over the county during the recent St. Johnís Day festivities. The meticulous attention to detail, including perfectly rendered classrooms with 100 tiny traditional desks, really impressed those who stopped to examine the model.
Glenn, who grew up and farmed north of Turton, was looking for a project for his retirement, when he decided to make a replica of the barn from the old farm. With the barn completed, he turned to the Turton School last summer.
Glennís replica buildings are created with a one-half inch to one foot scale, and rendered in three-eighths inch plywood building material. The model of the school is 18 inches high (at the peak of the roof) and 36 inches long, not counting the lunch room addition which is 9.5 inches long.
The school is at home on a large display board which also sports a swing set in front, near the lunch room entrance, and, of course, girls and boys out-houses in back. Even the fire escape, which crawls down from the second story, over the roof of the back porch, is authentically recreated in Glennís model. The best testimony to Glennís excellent work is the most frequently heard comment from people old enough to remember: ďItís just as I remember it!ĒFor the complete article see the 07-10-2013 issue.
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