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In 2008, Peter Bellerby set out to buy his father a high quality handmade globe as an 80th birthday present."There's no one really making bespoke globes like this, with the involvement we have with customers," Bellerby told AFP, during a tour of his 370-square-meter manufacturing studio on a quiet London backstreet.It was littered with half-finished globes as his team of two dozen illustrators, painters, cartographers, constructors, engravers and woodworkers toiled beneath strips of paper drying on washing lines overhead.Now the business turns out around 600 globes annually -- some destined to sit in grand mansions and aboard yachts.'Churchill globes'Bellerby's biggest offerings -- 125 centimeters in diameter -- were inspired by 48-inch globes made by the U.S. Army during World War II for president Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.Bellerby has vowed to make just 40 of these "Churchill globes," and has already completed 17, turning out a couple a year.
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