Inside the Collection

The Bosdyk Dolls House- part two

Frans Bosdyk seated next to the Bosdyk Dollhouse
Photography by Nitsa Yioupros,© Powerhouse Museum, all rights reserved

Curators Lindie Ward and Margaret Simpson visited Frans Bosdyk at his home to find out more about the creation of his exquisite dolls house.

Frans Bosdyk's garage workshop
Photography by Nitsa Yioupros,© Powerhouse Museum, all rights reserved

Frans created most of the furniture for the dolls house himself, setting up a workshop in his garage.

He told us he encountered problems trying to buy the right kind of furniture for the project so he set about developing special lathes to turn the tiny wooden parts. He researched furniture styles in ‘Antique Furniture in Australia’ by Anthony Hill and then scaled the dimensions down to produce a miniature version. He also fashioned his own tiny hand tools from 75-100mm concrete nails to make it easier for him to handle the small pieces. He used silky oak, cedar, myrtle and blackwood which formed the 3mm floorboards throughout.

Frans Bosdyk holds a miniature windowframe
Photography by Nitsa Yioupros,© Powerhouse Museum, all rights reserved
Interior detail of the rooms and figures in the Bosdyk Dollhouse
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Frans was an electrician by trade, he researched how to make lights, lamps and electric sockets, from websites and publications from Europe and the US. And guess what? All the lights actually work!

Frans came into the Museum to give a lecture about his work, during which we all noticed that, to our amusement, the hands that created all the teeny tiny tools, furniture, and lighting, were huge!

Photography by Sotha Bourn © Powerhouse Museum, all rights reserved.

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