Disabled man builds 'house' for woman

July 28, 2016
Jermaine Barnaby/Freelance Photographer Dave Noble was very animated as he explained why he made the house from newspaper copies.
Jermaine Barnaby/Freelance Photographer The house that Dave Noble made from newspaper.
Jermaine Barnaby/Freelance Photographer A dresser that Dave Noble built from newspapers.
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The words 'Cannot Stop Loving You' are fashioned across the roof of his two-storey mansion. Dave Noble, the builder, said he could find no better way to express his feelings towards his female friend, who has stopped talking to him.

The house, though, is not a typical one. It is made from old newspapers rolled tightly into tiny strips, glued in place, and then varnished to give it a shiny finish.

Paralysed from the waist down, Noble, 43, acquired the skill of making craft from newspaper while he resided at the Golden Age Home. It was a skill that he has not lost even though he left the home 10 years ago.

Noble was just 21 years old when a tragic incident changed his life. In 1993, the then active youngster was helping a man to demolish a house. However, in a split second, one side of the house came crashing down. The incident left him paralysed.

By 1997, Dave would again meet hell. Fire gutted the house in which he was staying, forcing him to take up residence at the Golden Age Home. That was where he learnt newspaper craft.

He told THE STAR that he reignited his passion for newspaper craft work after a female friend of his wrongly accused him of doing something bad.

"A couple months ago, I was down and me just say me a build a house, and me just built it," Noble said.

The Herman Road, Kingston 5, resident told THE STAR that the decision to make the house was the best way to express his friendship.

"She is me real friend and supm happen between me and she, and me just tek it out pon this. Mi just build supm," Noble said.

Having built the house, which is complete with furniture and lights, Dave decided to make a dresser.

"Me nuh think me can sell this one because a depression cause me to mek it. Me would give it to like a school or a museum if it can go there," he said.

"It is the first friend me ever vex with and so depressed. That's why me caah find the heart fi sell it. Me rather know that it go somewhere else, even a school," he added.

Noble said that during his time at the Golden Age Home, he used to build handbags and hats from newspapers, which were displayed at the home. He said some of them were sold to tourists.

Currently unemployed, Noble said he would make craft for sale if he was convinced that there was a market for the product.

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