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英語:“He’s got the whole world in his hands: Bowling alley boss quit his job to set up artisan business after making a globe for his father’s 80th birthday… now he charges up to £59,000 for each masterpiece”

From the bright lights and constant clattering of a tenpin bowling alley to the calmness of a fine art workshop, it has been quite the career change for Peter Bellerby.
A few years ago, the 48-year-old was working as the boss of a tenpin bowling business. Now he is crafting a beautiful array of bespoke globes which sell up to £59,000 a time.
His artisan globe company which has A-list clients from all over the world, one of whom has already paid full price for a ‘Churchill globe’ mounted on an aircraft engine replica made by the heritage technicians at Aston Martin.

Mr Bellerby, founder of Bellerby & Co, was working as the boss of a bowling alley business six years ago when he made his first globe for his father’s 80th birthday.
It was the lack of well crafted globes on the market which forced the maker’s hand. According to Mr Bellerby, he wanted a globe which wasn’t a ‘cheap mass produced item, but also wasn’t a 500 year old antique.
The self-starting craftsman decided that he would make his own, and after 18 months of what he said was ‘frustration and concentration’ his first globe and his new business was born.
Speaking from the studio in Stoke Newington, Mr Bellerby said the process of learning to make globes had been more about persistence than talent.
He said: ‘I knew I wanted to get my father something different for his birthday, and a globe was just an idea I was toying with. In fact, to begin with I was thinking about making us one each, that was obviously before I knew anything about the work which is involved.’
After 18 months of toil, and with his first far from perfect globe under his belt, Mr Bellerby decided he would begin making more models to cater for what he saw as a gap in the market.
But according to the modest businessman, the transition from part time hobbyist to full time craftsman was more to do with persistence than innate talent.
He said: ‘I couldn’t claim to be a natural, that’s for sure. When it comes to making globes I’m not sure that there are any naturals it’s all about hard work and repetition.
‘That’s why I had to stay in the business really, I’d put some money into the venture and I knew that the only was it would be a success would be to push and keep making these things until they became the products they are today.’

Bellerby’s first lesson to learn, one vital to making a proper globe, was how craft a truly round sphere which could then be covered in a map.
Explaining his first attempts as trying, the entrepreneur has since come to rely on some state of the are technology to make the base for his balls.
He said: ‘My first attempts were made of plaster of Paris using mathematical instruments, what you quickly learn is that the margin for error is tiny and so much can go wrong.
‘Every time you mess up a measurement, you’re essentially multiplying that by Pi by the time you’re finishing the shape.
‘Nowadays we use resin which is shaped using F1 fabricators to help us build the molds. We have a very high degree of accuracy now.’
One the shape is complete, there comes the painstaking process of applying the maps. Something, yet again, Mr Bellery says that there is no quick trick to.

He said: ‘I have a trainee at the moment who has been with me for a few months learning to paper the globe, it will probably be another five until she does her first perfect one.
‘The papering process is long and requires complete concentration. The paper is wet so it will take the shape of the globe properly, but that makes it very fragile.
‘At times there will be five of us papering away on a big project and there won’t be a word shared between us, you just can’t take your eye off it’.
Bellerby’s maps are alterations of other cartographers’ works.The entrepreneur says he simply does not have to the staff or time to run a cartography business too, but the decorations on his globe’s have made them highly desirable.
Modestly, Mr Bellerby will not be drawn on the household names who adorn their homes with his creations.
He said: ‘It’s true that we have customers who your reader will have heard of, but they’re no more important than my other customers, so I don’t like to single them out.

‘Let’s just say a few of my customers have their own wikipedia pages.You can work it out from that, can’t you?’
Estimating that his workshop will turn out around 200 globes this year, the craftsman says his focus remains on quality and not quantity, adding: ‘I’ve never had anyone come back to me to say, your globe is broke, or scratched or misshapen… or just not good enough.
‘The thought of that makes me feel really, really bad. I suppose that’s our driving force really, it keeps my commitment to quality, anyway.

(c) DailyMail

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日本語:”完全ハンドメイド!美しい「地球儀」をつくる工房に潜入”

北ロンドンのストーク・ニューイントンにある小さな工房「Bellerby & Co.Globemakers」。ここは、完全ハンドメイドで地球儀を製作するメーカーです。そして、この会社のCEOであるPeter Bellerby氏は自他ともに認める“凝り性”だとか。

「80歳になる父への誕生日プレゼントに地球儀を探していたんです。だけど、大量生産されたものばかりで、ちっともいいのが見つからなかった。それで、予算があれば自分で作ろうと思ったんです」
なんと、Peter氏、自分の好みの地球儀が見つからず、結果、自作の地球儀作りを開始したそうです。試作品を製作していくうちに、球体の地図に魅了され、ついには、工房までを構えてしまいました。

軌道に乗るのに最も苦労したのが、マップのライセンス取得とその修正だったとPeter氏。どんなに精巧な地図でも、地名の表記やスペルに誤りがあるんだとか。ひとつひとつ確かめては直しの作業を一日に6時間かけ、それでも丸々1年は、この修正作業に費やしたと言います。
正確な球体を造り出すための鋳型にもこだわり、数十社の鋳物業者に依頼。それでも納得がいかず、最後は、F1のパーツを製作するメーカーに発注、ようやく首を縦に振れる鋳型ができたそうです。
球体に緻密な地図が描かれた紙を貼りつけていく作業(ゲーリング)をマスターするのに、毎日やっても1年以上はかかるんだとか。「さらに難しいのが半分ずつの地球儀のパイを合わせる作業です」とPeter氏。
寸分の狂いなく、ミリ単位で手塗りのシートを球体に貼っていきます。
Peter氏の地球儀は、ハリウッド映画の小道具として、しばしば登場しているそう。英国営放送(BBC)は、“若き大御所”として彼のこだわりを紹介。ついには、王立地理学研究会からの支援を得ることに成功し、ロンドン発の新たなクラフトワークとして注目を集めています。
老舗高級百貨店「ハロッズ」をはじめ、高級品を取り扱う店舗が集中する地区ナイツブリッジのショーウィンドウで、Peter氏の地球儀を目にすることもあるはず。

Google Earthのような、マッピングしたり、建物に近寄ったり(3Dとはいえ)できる機能があると、もう地球儀をクルクルと手で回して、見果てぬ海の向こうに思いを馳せる機会は、少なくなってしまったでしょう。だけど、こうした新しい地図の形式がいくら登場しても、地球儀の持つ美しさはまた別物。

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(c) Tabi Labo

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