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The Scottish Tenement model was originally conceived and produced in the mid 1980's by Sculptor, Mick Burns and his family run company, Broch Productions, where I was employed as a modelmaker/painter 1988-1989. The original model was inspired by a single tenement block situated on Dumbarton Road at Partick Cross, Glasgow. Originally marketed as “The Glasgow Tenement” it was the flagship of Broch’s “Glasgow Collection” which also included plaster-cast models of a Tramcar, Tolbooth Steeple, Provands Lordship, Clyde Puffer, P.S. Waverley, Scotland Street School and Glasgow Castle. Broch Productions was based in Partick, Glasgow and closed around 1990 ending production of this very popular line of products.

In 1992, I started a small modelmaking company called Janart Models. During this time, I received several inquiries from the retail trade regarding the status of Broch's “Glasgow Tenements” line. Realizing that there continued to be a considerable interest in this product line, I began design and production of my own range of tenements, heavily inspired by Mick Burns' original work.

These plaster-cast models were well received and continued to gain in popularity over the next couple of years. In 1994, I sold my Tenement model range to Peter Honthy who at that time, owned the giftware company, Sherwood Products. Peter began to develop the models to his own requirements and enlisted the skills of renowned Scottish Sculptor, David Dannah, who sculpted subtle changes and modernised my original work. The new Tenements were marketed under the name Rooftop Models but due to unforeseen production issues, the Rooftop Tenements line was never released for sale. Peter kept his Tenements in store for many years.

In 2006, I opened Longline Studio around which time Peter approached me with the idea of producing the Tenements line once again. An agreement was made and after I made slight changes to the Sherwood Productions sculptures to make them suitable for resin casting, the new Sherwood tenements were released for sale in 2007 with Longline Studio doing the production. The Tenements line gained in popularity.

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Sculpted by Mick Burns

Sculpted by Stuart Fellowes



Sculpted by David Dannah


Sculpted by Stuart Fellowes


The Inspiration: Tenement Block, Dumbarton Rd, Glasgow

Around 2013, the range entered a new phase after Peter retired. The models were completely re-worked and new master models sculpted which depicted the Tenement with a more modern architectural setting. As with the real tenements in Scotland, gone were the demolished gable walls and dirty stone, to be replaced by modern urban murals, advertising hoardings and shop fronts. The range was developed to reflect early 2000s tenement life and streetscapes, further illustrating the history of a typical Scottish Tenement over the past 60 years. This new Longline Studio Tenement was only made available to obtain direct from me online as I had ceased supplying the tenements to the retail trade.

The next phase of the Tenements range is now here. Inspired by the growing popularity in “Street Art” wall murals that are nowadays being created to liven up the Scottish townscape with interesting colour and pictures. The new tenement model is larger than the previous versions and is angled so that when displayed it gives equal emphasis on both the frontage and the gable wall, which comes with a growing range of Street Art murals from talented Scottish artists who design murals especially for the models.

The rest of the model has been sculpted to depict a modern day tenement. White UPVC style windows, security entry door for the close and new shop fronts. There is a pub called “The hidden still” because out there in the wilds of Scotland there will be a few, old, long forgotten, illicit whisky stills buried and well hidden….maybe with some bottles of whisky still there. The other shop looks back to the original Broch “Backcourt Tenement” model which had a blue fronted Dairy as it’s shop. My new depiction is “M.J. Burns Dairy” as a nod to Mick Burns, the originator of the Tenements idea. Today, Mick is a renowned Chainsaw Sculptor, carving larger scale artworks out of wood using a chainsaw.