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The Repair Shop expert Kirsten Ramsay left one of their guests speechless and brought to tears in a classic episode of the BBC series, despite initially worrying she wouldn’t be able to help.
Max walked into the barn with his sculpture and explained: “This is of the famous statue of David in Italy, I bought this in America a while ago when I was living there.
“I walked into the shop and it stopped me in my tracks and reminded me of my dad and I can honestly say it changed my life.
“I was separated from my dad at a young age, in Iran there was a war going on and we couldn’t visit. I used to call him and it was for two minutes as it was so expensive, once every four months.
“He did make one trip and that was the last time I saw him. The day he passed away I was 11… anyway that is the story.
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“I have been carrying that, unable to talk about my dad until I saw this, I don’t know how an object can give me so much.
“The day I came home and I saw it on the floor cracked because of an earthquake, ever since that I haven’t been communicating my thoughts and feelings as much. I would be forever grateful.”
Feeling the pressure, Kirsten took the sculpture to her desk and began to take a closer look at the item but immediately began to worry.
She said: “If I am honest, I am feeling the weight of responsibility that is tied up with this head.
“Seeing it closely now I can see that there are quite a few cracks running through so I am going to have to try and fill those, it is going to be quite problematic.
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“I can see where it has broken it has gone out of alignment… The worry is, if I force this, the crack is going to continue across the face which obviously I don’t want to happen, but I am definitely going to have to think of a plan B if this doesn’t work.”
After trying her initial plan to move the parts back into place, Kirsten admitted: “Unfortunately, I have come to the conclusion that I am going to have to come to a bit of a compromise.
“There is no point trying to force these bits back into place because they are just not going to fit so I am going to bond the bits where they are and then fill where it is misaligned.”
However, working her magic as she always does, Kirsten managed to fix the statue and brought Max to tears when he first set eyes on his beloved item.
Unable to speak and emotional, Max gasped: “Wow… Oh my goodness. Wow. Wow. Thank you… thank you!
“That is amazing, it is all gone! How did you do that? That is beautiful and I really want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, it means a lot, thank you so much.
“I am sure a lot of love went into it, I can feel it. You have really helped me get something back I can’t explain, I can’t wait to get it home. Thank you!”
The Repair Shop airs weekdays from 4:30pm on BBC One.
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