HAVE we always dreamed of apropos a unapproachable owners of a one-and-a-half-tonne wooden Buddha?
If so, you’re in luck. Geoffrey Townley has one for sale after shutting his Bahn Thai restaurant, that is reopening as a Brazilian steakhouse.
Geoffrey is charity a Buddha, that is embellished gold, for a right price.
The plain joist Buddha, now sitting in Wickham Road, Fareham, weighs around one-and-a-half tonnes and is only underneath 7ft high and 4ft wide.
Geoffrey said: ‘We’ve had lots of seductiveness and a pointer hasn’t been adult for some-more than a day.’
He added: ‘A Buddha doesn’t have any association (with a new restaurant) so it feels like a right time to sell it on.
‘Despite a weight, relocating a statue isn’t a problem – I’ve spent my life building vast complicated boats.’
Keen traveller Geoffrey, who has lived in Bishop’s Waltham for 35 years, picked adult a Buddha in Bali.
Geoffrey, a vessel builder, said: ‘I worked during Portchester Dock though a pursuit took me opposite a globe.
‘I trafficked to Indonesia, Java and Bali 5 times a year.
‘I remember spotting these large, pleasing Buddhas in a joist yard in Bali.
‘I wanted dual as we suspicion they’d be ideal for my garden. They’re really soothing. The problem was that it took me 4 attempts to get them.
‘Each time they done one for me, they would sell it to somebody else.
‘When we found out a association were creation another two, we motionless to compensate them a visit.
‘When we arrived during a yard we saw dual group with huge chainsaws, figure a Buddhas. Quite a sight.’
After securing them, a businessman had to face a plea of shipping a large statues from Bali to England.
He said: ‘I knew shipping would be really difficult.
‘I rented a lorry and we ecstatic them behind in containers, with some other seat we’d bought in Semarang. It took 12 hours.’
Geoffrey after motionless that he wanted to deliver a flavours of Thailand to Fareham.
‘Soon enough, Bahn Thai was born,’ he said. ‘A Buddha is a kind of thing we design to see during a Thai grill so we changed one to a site and built a tabernacle for it to lay in.
‘People desired it.’
Geoffrey still has a other Buddha in his garden during home.