Nev beats retirement 'boredom' building giant dollhouses
WHEN he tried to retire, Nev Fahy got bored.
So the Mountain Creek man built a model ship, and donated it to the Salvation Army, asking them to give it to an underprivileged boy.
"I'm one of those old-school types of blokes - I can't sit around doing nothing," Nev said.
"I get up in the morning looking for something to do."
He's always been "handy" and crafting kids' toys was rewarding, he said.
"When I finished the ship, I thought what'll I do with it now?," he said.
"I thought 'I'll go give it to the Salvos, to a needy little boy'."
He asked the Salvation Army at Maroochydore to give it to a boy who would love it and not to sell it.
"Then I thought, 'that's a bit unfair - I'd better do something for a little girl'."
Meanwhile the Mountain Creek man's granddaughter had been paying close attention.
As Nev built his first doll's house, she took photos and put them on Facebook.
Requests started flooding in from families, friends and complete strangers.
"I got requests from families and friends to build dollhouses for them, so I did that," Nev said.
"Then people started asking me to build bigger and bigger."
Today he put the finishing touches on a huge Federation-style "Barbie dollhouse".
It's 1.2m wide and nearly one metre deep and high.
The inspiration came from some old country houses he saw when returning from a trip to Ashgrove, where his daughter lives.
"I saw all these old-style houses on the way home from Ashgrove and I memorised what it looked like and then I drew it up and built it," he said.
"A lady bought that straight away then I built another, and she bought that, and then I built this one."
Nev's doll house will be for sale for $550 when it's completed in the coming days. Find Nev on Facebook by clicking here.