Legally blind man builds historical model ships

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It takes a lot of skill and patience to build models of historical ships. But what if you’re legally blind? One bismarck man does just that.

Joel Brostrom has spent thousands of hours working on model ships. He doesn’t let his poor eyesight slow him down. Some of his work is now proudly displayed at the Bismarck Public Library. You’ll find ships like the Mayflower and the U.S.S. Constitution. Every single one was assembled and painted by Brostrom. He’s been involved in this hobby since he was just 12 years old. 

“When I was a kid, I recall when I’ve seen pictures of the Mayflower and the Cuttysark for the first time, I thought, ‘hey, this is kind of cool,” said Brostrom.

Only 18 of his 45 ships are on display.. but they’re some of his proudest works. That includes one piece that would take two weeks to build – only if he worked on it non-stop. Each ship has intricate details all painted by hand and being legally blind isn’t much of a set-back as you’d think.

He explained, “Up close, it’s not a problem, just get it up to my eyes. I enjoy doing the detail involved.”

You can go admire these pieces of art in the lobby of the Bismarck Public Library until April.

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